Mena Art Gallery is located in the small town of Mena, Arkansas, in the Ouachita Mountains. We support individual and community involvement in the creative arts, and we strive to inspire and serve all ages of artists.

We embrace the many artists who have moved to our area from all over the world, bringing with them new ideas and fresh interpretations of art.

We provide workshops, seminars, field trips, classes, art shows, exhibits and more. Most years we will have 12 different shows, many of which have entries open to anyone. Check our Scheduled Shows & Exhibits page for details about entry dates and themes.

Because artists often work in creative isolation, our membership meetings strive to provide that sense of connection and encouragement and a forum for ongoing art dialogue.

Southwest Artists, Inc. (SWA), is a local non-profit 501(3)C organization which has been devoted to promoting the arts in Mena since 1945.

To continue these activities and begin the many new ones we are planning to add in the coming months, we must reach out to new constituencies for support and participation. We hope you will join in our mission to bring art to the people of Polk County by giving a tax-deductible donation or becoming a member today. Call (479-394-3880) for information or come by the gallery at 607 Mena Street.
  • slide0
  • slide1
  • slide2
  • slide3
  • slide4
  • slide5
  • slide6
  • slide7
  • slide8
  • slide9
  • slide10
  • slide11
  • slide12
  • slide13
  • slide14
  • slide15
Scheduled Shows & Exhibits
  • Sam & Barbara Tobias Member Show
    Wed Jun 29th 2016 - Tue Aug 2nd 2016

    The July exhibit at Mena Art Gallery will be the work of Samuel and Barbara Tobias. Sam has been a photographer since a childhood gift from his father of a Brownie camera... - More Info
  • Ouachita Expressions Show
    Wed Aug 3rd 2016 - Tue Aug 30th 2016

    Ouachita Expressions Art Show has been our premier judged show for local competition for over twenty years. There are four categories: works on canvas, works on paper, open photography and 3-dimensional art... - More Info
  • Open Art Show
    Wed Aug 31st 2016 - Tue Sep 27th 2016

    This show offers work in any media and on any subject: painting, drawing, sculpture, pen and ink, pastel, watercolor, oils, acrylic, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, fiber arts and much more... - More Info

Sam & Barbara Tobias Member Show
June 29th -thru- August 2nd
Mena Art Gallery

Weekly Art Day
August 2nd
11:00am - 2:00pm
Mena Art Gallery

Ouachita Expressions Show
August 3rd -thru- August 30th
Mena Art Gallery

Weekly Art Day
August 9th
11:00am - 2:00pm
Mena Art Gallery

Photography Club
August 13th
Mena Art Gallery

Click Here For More Events

Gallery News
  • Accepting Vendors for the Ouachita Arts Celebration - Accepting applications for vendors for the third annual Ouachita Arts Celebration. It is going to be bigger and better than ever.
    There will around 20 artists’ booths in the street. Building on the success of the first two street festivals, we will be closing an additional block of Mena Street to accommodate a large group of pre-war automobiles. These cars will be on display showing the tremendous handwork that went into them. Vintage Tin Restoration of Mena is helping organize this addition to our festival.
    This year we’ll have many children’s activities with demonstrations and hands-on creative things for the family. Watch Tommy Young’s birds flying and have your photo made with them. There will be martial arts demonstrations, flint knapping (arrow head making), native American drumming, live music, belly dancing and all the stores will be open. American Artisans and the Skyline will once again be serving food.
    The Mena Art Gallery will host artist demonstrations and the annual Christmas Show will be in place for shopping. Actors from the Ouachita Little Theater will be in costume on the streets as well as local school choirs performing in the businesses.
    This event highlights local schools, businesses, non-profits, RMCC, City of Mena, antique stores, restaurants and many artists from the community for an unusual day of fun.
    For those of you who want to really be a part of this, click here for artist booth applications or call the Mena Art Gallery at 479-394-3880      .