Mena hosts Ouachita Art Trails Studio Tour


Into local art? If so, the 3rd annual Ouachita Art Trails Studio Tour in Mena is this weekend (
October 8-9). Artist studio tours are a chance to see art and meet the artists who create it. During the free tour, participants travel the scenic roads of Arkansas as they visit artists’ private working studios and see where their art is created.
“Before doing the tour three years ago, I had never been on a studio tour,” said Lyn Dilbeck, who is a member of the Mena Art Gallery, the Ouachita Arts & Crafts Guild, and is an artist featured on the tour. “A lot of people don’t really know what
it entails. Whenever I heard art tour…in my mind it was artists that did elaborate paintings that just really didn’t fit into my lifestyle or budget. I would like to let folks know we have a very diverse tour and many different types of art from fine art to great artisans of pottery, blown glass and more. I know many are surprised when they tour the artists’ studios. There they can
see where they work, their techniques and meet the personality behind the pieces. They can learn how they gather their inspiration and ideas. It’s also a great place for other artists to come and get new ideas and share their own or for anyone looking to find art treasures hidden in the mountains.”
Dilbeck said she would like to see all the artists’ featured on the tour. “We have a great glass blower, potters, a metal artist, leather work, jewelry, fine art, wood working, pen and ink, and on and on…it would be hard to pick. All of it is interesting
to me. I would like to let people know if they’d like to see all the artists they need to allow for two art filled days.”

Dilbeck said there are several artists like herself that live in remote areas. These artists will be set up at the new Mena Resort on Hwy 71. “This will make it easier for folks to see us instead of having to drive so far out,” she said. Registration for the
tour is at the Mena Art Gallery at 607 Mena St. Here each participant will be given a booklet with information on each artist and directions and maps to each gallery. Bios of each artist and pictures of their work are in the book also. For
more information on the tour visit www.arkansasartiststudiotours.com.

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