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Ann Glenn

In earlier years, my photographs have been used primarily for record keeping and as illustrations for the occasional article I published about our cruising adventures as we sailed around the world in our small yacht. That was before the days of digital photography, and our extremely limited budget of $90/month,  only allowed for one or two rolls of film. My original idea was that I would supplement that with sketches, because paper and pencil were cheap, weren't they? Unfortunately, my artistic skills never matched my ambitions, and the sketch books never materialized.

I have always enjoyed taking pictures, and with the development of digital photography, I am rarely without my camera. The resulting photos have been used to illustrate the newsletters and trip reports shared with an ever-growing list of charter guests, family and friends. Until we moved to Mena in 2008, I had little  opportunity to hang my pictures; neither the boat nor our cottage in St. John, Virgin Islands, had much wall space! Now, I have begun considering my photos for their artistic qualities. It has been fun to enlarge them and be "hung with the best" in Gallery Shows. I have enjoyed some small successes, entering them there and in out-of-town competitions: Polk County and State Fairs, among others.

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Carolyn MacMahon

Award winning artist Carolyn MacMahon loves to paint beautiful things:  flowers, dreamy landscapes, English cottages, puppies, children... and much more.  She does custom paintings for people using their own children, pets, homes, colors, ideas.

She lives in Mena, Arkansas, with her English husband, Dr. Tom MacMahon, in a storybook stone cottage, much like the ones she paints.  Her paintings have been shown in galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Little Rock, Arkansas, and her clients are all over the US and England.

She has an art degree from Washington School of Art, LaSalle University, and has studied under various artists.

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Cynthia Thanos-Wade
Mask and Pour Watercolor Technique

Cynthia Thanos-Wade’s current focus is on mask and pour watercolor technique. As part of the American Tribal Style Belly Dance Community her favorite subjects are the backs of these dancers! For a while she was having health problems and had done mask and pour with flowers for years and wondered if this technique could be applied to dancers. As she is aging and her dance skills are dimming this will continue to be her contribution to the tribe!

She can be found along with our beloved art mascot Chico on Tuesdays at Art Day or occasionally taking a children’s class or sitting the gallery! Cynthia’s business is and her Facebook page She has placed 1st Place Best Works on Canvas 2012 and 2nd Place 2009 at the Ouachita Expressions Show here in Mena.

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Gilda Meyers
Pen and Ink

Gilda Meyers was born in Magnolia, Arkansas.  It was the call of the nearby piney woods and the weekly fishing trips with her Pappy that inspired her love of nature.  After retiring in 2003 to her Ladyhawke Ranch, her horses and miniature donkeys became the primary focus of her realistic pen and inks.

Gilda began experimenting with art materials at a young age.  She gained basic art skills and creativity from her late mother and grandmother.  She received an undergraduate degree in art from Southern Arkansas University and started her career as an art educator.

Gilda presently works in her Hawke Hollow Studio nestled in the Ouachita Mountains of southeast Oklahoma.  She is a multimedia artist, but prefers pen and ink.

Gilda has distinguished herself in art shows and competitions across the south.  When not involved in her art career, Gilda enjoys volunteering with the Humane Society of the Ouachitas and serving on several organizational boards.

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Henry Moreno

Henry has been painting since boyhood and has been accepted into a multitude of juried shows.  He has won numerous awards and has been represented by galleries is several states.  He feels that the “People’s Choice” Awards are the only important ones. He wants people to acquire his paintings because they like them, not because of his “credentials” or the awards he has received.

He moved to Mena in 2008. He has been a full time professional artist for over 20 years, but now has phased out of galleries, though he still likes to do commissions, coach artists and provide private lessons occasionally.

He is a long time member of the American Watercolor Society, a Juried Member of Oil Painters of America, a past President Elect and Signature Member of the North Carolina Watercolor Society, a member of the Mena Art Gallery and now serves on the Board of the Southwest Artist Association.

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Jane Brace
Pine Needle Baskets

Jane has been making her pine needle creations since 2002 when she moved to her home in the Ouachita Mountain area.  Taking simple pine needles from nature and making something beautiful and useful is what keeps her making these one-of-a-kind vessels that cannot be mass produced.

In the Native American art of pine needle basket weaving, she seeks out contemporary shapes in an attempt to further advance this very old art form.

Needles are hand picked, cleaned, coiled, woven, and carefully coaxed into shapes that are often functional and pleasing in design.

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Jim Brace
Painter and Sculptor

Jim Brace is a widely collected artist living and working in Polk County Arkansas.  Interests include painting, music, and steel sculpture.

"There's art that you look at, and there's art that you think at.  Looks like that's what I think."

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Lorraine Timmerman

I was drawn to art and nature from a very early age. I loved to spend time walking, searching for small animals to capture and take home as pets. Indoors, I spent a lot of time doing arts and crafts.

Though having little formal art training, by college my drawing skills allowed me to do scientific illustration for professors while earning a degree in biology. So most of my early work was done in graphite and pen and ink. I loved seeing the 3-d image emerge from the blank page. During my teaching career, I took some art classes, but I was not attracted to painting. Then I was introduced to botanical illustration using transparent watercolor. I was hooked. Its subtilty and simplicity appealed to me just as drawing had. For the same reason, I seem to be attracted to the smaller plants and animals that are often overlooked by the casual observer. Simplicity is also present in my method of painting. I prefer to use a small number of pigments and mix the colors I need. I find I can paint more realistic plants this way.

I am presently painting the wildflowers and wildlife found near my home in Polk County, Arkansas. I hope that my
paintings will encourage in others a love of nature and help them to appreciate the beauty of the small, wild things around them.

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Lyn Dilbeck
Native Art

All of my life I have been drawn to the old ways of living. The mountains called; I moved here 30 plus years ago. Living off of the power line, we hunted, raised a big garden, canned and put up all of our meat. After many tries, I learned to tan hides, cook on a wood stove, sew on a treadle sewing machine, and do beadwork.

I have a wonderful family!  We shared time and learned together instead of spending time in front of a TV. A lot of time was spent swimming in the creeks, hiking in the mountains, or sitting around many campfires. My family learned how to live with the land.

Today, my life hasn't changed much, except we are now on the power line. Our girls have grown up, have their own families and blessed us with 3 wonderful grandchildren. We all still love spending time in these beautiful mountains.

I have never taken an art class. I just look at things, see how they are put together and give it a try. I have made many mistakes, but that's how I have learned. Then just let your imagination lead the way!

My Cherokee heritage has always been with me. Sometimes I wonder if that is the very thing that has called me to the mountains and my way of life. I am a member of the Mena Art Gallery, an Elder in the Otter's Drum Circle for 15 years. and an Elder in the Western Cherokee Nation here.  My work is available in the Four Winds Trading Post in Mena.

My motto to live by is to:   Walk as tall as the trees, Live as strong as the mountains, Be as gentle as the spring rains. Keep the warmth of the Son in your heart and the Great Spirit will always be with you!

If you are a beginning artist, whatever you do, no matter how many mistakes you make... never ever give up.  Keep trying! Be faithful to the artistic gift you have been given, and let it grow within your heart and spirit. It will come... it takes practice and patience but it will come... open your heart and mind and let the creativity flow thru you!!!

Niki Dempsey

Home is a secluded log cabin in the heavily wooded Ouachita mountains. The surrounding beauty provides me with ample inspiration for expressing my creative side whether it is writing, drawing, painting, floral design, or occasionally sculpting. My garret is the perfect place to work, although I don’t think of these things as anything but pleasurable hobbies.

Being the daughter of a mother with amazing textile abilities, and a father who earned his living as a professional artist, I grew up with an appreciation for art on a deeper level than most people. I was also encouraged to express myself in any art forms I found interesting.

I spent part of my young adult years as a commercial artist, and learned at a young age it’s very hard to provide for your family with pencils, ink, and paint. Thus, I pursued other ways to creatively earn a living trough cosmetology, floral design and teaching others about those topics.

As a senior citizen and only working part-time, I have more time to devote to my artistic creations.

When writing, I don’t have to drag out all the tools and supplies needed for my other pursuits. All I need is paper and pen. This comes in handy when an idea pops into my head, saves lots of time and cleanup, and words can paint a very powerful picture.

I’ve been writing poetry off and on since I was a child. Since joining the Ouachita Writers Guild, I’ve tried my hand at short stories. It’s fun being part of a group that shares one of my interests and offers such helpful suggestions and encouragement.

I hope you enjoy my selections for this year.

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Patricia Trulock

I was born and mostly raised in Fresno,California, although I did travel a bit in Europe and the US as my father was in the Air Force. I now live in Mena and have been here since 1979.

I got my first camera, a Kodak Brownie when I was about 11, and I have been snapping pictures every since.

I have been married to Dean since 1969, we have two children and 7 grandchildren.  I enjoy traveling and now that I have retired hope to do more of it.  I have just built a new studio so if I'm not out taking pictures I am editing them in my studio.

I joined the Gallery a few years ago and enjoy displaying my work there and seeing the work of others.

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Susan Gibson

Susan Gibson has lived in Arkansas since 1995, in Jonesboro, Batesville, Heber Springs, and has now lived in Mena since 2006.  She has specialized in watercolor since 2005 and has earned her Signature with Mississippi Watercolor Society (MSWS).  She has associate memberships in the following Watercolor Societies and is close to obtaining signature in several: American Watercolor Society (AWS); National Watercolor Society (NWS); Mid-Southern Watercolor Association (MSW); Missouri Watercolor Society (MOWS); Mississippi Watercolor Society (MSWS); Southern Watercolor Society (SWS); Watercolor Art Society - Houston (WAS-H).  Her paintings have been judged and selected for major exhibitions across the country by American and National Watercolor Society Signature Members such as Don Andrews, John Salmine, Judi Coffey, Judi Betts, Eric Wiegardt, Kathleen Conover, and Cheng-Khee Chee, and has received instruction from other AWS and NWS Signatured Painters such as Frank Francese, Joseph Fettingis and Soon Warren.  

Although Susan has painted all her life, she has acquired most of her skills through independent study and private instruction in America and Europe.  It is her goal to study, grow, and mature within her profession.  Further goals include entering major publication contests, and continued submission to national and international exhibitions aimed toward accumulation of other Signatures.

When describing Susan and her art, one must use the word passionate.  Susan said, "I am inspired by all beauty around me, people, nature, and still life, and am attracted by all their complexities.  It is my most inner desire to capture the essence of an object.  To capture that "oh so illusive extra something" that will take a painting from just good to special.  I want the viewer to experience some kind of response, either emotional or physical, and to make a connection with me, the artist, my feelings and visions."  Her skilled use of clean, vivid, transparent, multilayer of glazed color, has allowed her to create a body of work that should be seen to be appreciated.

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Susan Sebren
Painter and Writer

I lived and worked in Houston, Texas for fifty years before retiring and moving to Mena, Arkansas in August of 2006.  I was born in the north and my family moved to Houston when I was about a year old, so I learned to walk in Texas and always considered myself a Southerner.

Now that I am retired I have more time to make art and attending art day at The Mena Art Gallery I have learned so much from the talented artists here in Mena.  I love animals and a lot of my art reflects this, but do a little bit of everything.