Welcome to Ouachita Artists

We hope you enjoy your time visiting our website, and that you will come visit and shop at our store on the square in Mount Ida, Arkansas.

Happy Shoppers at the Ouachita Artists Gallery in Mount Ida.

Happy Shoppers at the Ouachita Artists Gallery in Mount Ida.

Recently, many of our artists donated art work to be used at silent auctions for benefits in Montgomery County.  Several of our artists do commissioned work and are willing to visit with anyone wanting something special, such as portraits of family members or pets, old home places, etc.  Please call the Gallery to inquire.

A changing array of fine art as well as finely crafted items from local artists include: oil paintings, watercolor, pastels, acrylic, handmade cards, candles, jewelry, fiber art, jams and jellies, carved gourd art, whetstones, McCoy knives, pottery, photography, sculpture, goat milk soaps, lotions, cutting boards, rolling pins, scarves and much more.

Ouachita Artists welcomes new members to our organization. We look forward to meeting you!

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Below are articles about our activities in our gallery.

Program Meeting – Monday , June 20

Ouachita Artists’ Program Meeting – Monday, June 20 – 3:30 p.m.

 Public is Invited

Our special guest is local artist, Sharon Dumas.  Sharon will speak to the group on painting animals in oils, possibly working on one of her rabbit paintings.  Also, joining her will be Ouachita Artists Gallery president, Mary Ann Shaw.  Mary Ann will extend the session on animals by discussing how to take photographs of animals. It will be a fun and interesting session and the public is invited. Please park behind the Gallery and enter the studio through the white door. The Gallery is closed on Mondays.


Arkansas State Quarter

Arkansas State Quarter – Designed by our own Ouachita Artist, Dortha Scott

The Arkansas state quarter was the twenty-fifth of fifty state quarters to be issued by the U.S. Mint under its 50 State Quarters® Program. The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the program in 1997 in order to honor each of the fifty states. Five commemorative state quarters were issued each year for a period of ten years in chronological order according to when each state was admitted to the Union.

The Arkansas state quarter, designed by Dortha Scott of Mount Ida (Montgomery County), was issued in October 2003. The design features a diamond flanked by depictions of rice and a mallard duck with a background of trees and a body of water. The release of the Arkansas quarter was the culmination of a design process that began in January 2001 with a statewide competition challenging Arkansans to submit proposed designs for the coin.

Under guidelines provided by the U.S. Mint, Governor Mike Huckabee announced an open statewide competition in which Arkansans were asked to submit their design concepts to the governor’s office by March 31, 2001. The U.S. Mint allowed for the designs to depict natural and manmade state landmarks, landscapes, historic state buildings, outline of the state, state resources, state flowers, and state trees. The rules prohibited the use of state flags and seals, as well as the depiction of any person, living or dead.

A total of 9,320 designs were submitted. After a committee narrowed these designs down to the top 100, those entries were displayed at the State Capitol in Little Rock (Pulaski County). Eleven judges who were selected by Huckabee from across the state reviewed those entries and chose what they believed to be the best twelve. The governor then chose three final designs to submit to the U.S. Mint for review.

The three artists’ designs were chosen as the finalists. These final designs were modified by the U.S. Mint and returned to the governor, who made the final choice. On October 7, 2002, Governor Huckabee announced that Dortha Scott’s design was the winner, and she was present at the official release of the coin on October 28, 2003, at Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro (Pike County).

The final modified design featured a large diamond, which represented Crater of Diamonds State Park as the central image. Stalks of rice, representing Arkansas’s status as the leading rice producer in the United States, were to the left of the diamond, and a mallard duck in flight above a body of water with a forest in the background represents Arkansas’s abundant natural resources and national reputation for outdoor sporting activities.

A total of 457,800,000 Arkansas state quarters were minted. No more will be produced.

AR State Quarter

Jeff Bailey Arkansas State University
Taken from The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture


March 2016 Featured Artist

Featured Artist March-May

Marlene Gremillion

Gremillion Back Wall 1

Being an instructor in art currently and for a number of years, Marlene has studied and experimented in different styles and mediums and this display will show the variety she is able to accomplish. Marlene is a signature member of Mid-Southern Watercolorists, Louisiana Watercolorists and Arkansas Pastel Society. She is also a registered Arts on Tour with the Arkansas Arts Council and active in a number of art organizations.

 Click here to meet the Artist.


Gremillion Back Wall 2





Reception for Marlene Gremillion

Ouachita Artists Gallery & Studio

Invites you to a reception for

Marlene GremillionArt photo Gremillion

Featured Artist for March and April

Sunday, March 13, 2016 1:00—3:00

Being an instructor in art currently and for a number of years, Marlene has studied and experimented in different styles and mediums and this display will show the variety she is able to accomplish. Marlene is a signature member of Mid-Southern Watercolorists, Louisiana Watercolorists and Arkansas Pastel Society. She is also a registered Arts on Tour with the Arkansas Arts Council and active in a number of art organizations.

Click here to Meet the Artist.


Mixed Media, Collage and Experimental Painting April 7-8, 2016

Mixed Media, Collage and Experimental

Painting Using Textures

Presented by Caren Garner

April 7 and 8, 2016  –   10:00 to 3:00 each day

This two day workshop will be exciting!  You will learn about using textures of all types in your painting…gesso, tissue paper, old sewing patterns, metallic paints…it will be fun.  This workshop is for beginners and adults an the cost of the two day workshop shop is $75.00 and will be held at the Gallery.  To sign up, drop by the Gallery or call ahead for your reservation at 870-867-3115.

Click here for a list of supplies.

Click here to read about the Artist Caren Garner.


New Classes Beginning February, 2016

NEW CLASSES! We’re ready to go with this year’s new classes, two beginning the first Saturday in February.

Advanced Beginning Oil Painting
Taught by Martha Koelemay

This is a continuation of last fall’s “beginning beginners” class, but that class is not a prerequisite; all are welcome. We will be trying different techniques and refining skills learned in the first class.

The class is 10-12 on Saturdays and runs February 6-March 12. Come by the gallery to and pick up a course description and supplies list, or message us your email address and the information will be sent to you. Cost is $40 for the 6-week course.

Beginning Drawing
Taught by Barbara Holt

This class is back by popular demand and teaches basic drawing techniques.The class is excellent for the beginner or for those who want to refine their skills.

This class is 1-3 on Saturdays and runs February 6-March 12, and the cost is $40 for the 6-week course.

You may come by the gallery to sign up for either or both classes, or call us at 870-867-3115. Space is limited, so don’t wait! Fees are payable at registration.

The Back Wall – January 2016

The Back Wall


Mary Ann Shaw, Photographer


Mary Ann’s exhibit of photography will be presented on The Back Wall of the Ouachita Artists Gallery & Studio from January to the end of March.

After 40 years of private practice as a Clinical Psychologist Mary Ann retired and began focusing on her avocation, which is photography. For years she has enjoyed photography but now has the time to try to finesse her skill. Mary Ann says that photography brings her pleasure in studying approaches and seeing them evolve in her work.  Nature and landscapes infatuate her.  She also enjoys expressions of history as shown in buildings, houses and replicas of the past.

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Abry McClure – First “Student Member”

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Ouachita Artists Gallery and Studio is bursting with pride at the accomplishments of its first student member, 12-year-old Abry McClure, who won Best in Show at this year’s Montgomery County Fair for her oil painting of the old outhouse at Pine Ridge.  Abry has studied with Ouachita Artists since she was 9 years old, and has exhibited a passion for her art unusual in someone so young, continuously expanding and refining her already-considerable skills.  She markets her work on eBay and Facebook, as well as local shows such as the Amity Trade Days, and of course in Ouachita Artists Gallery.  Abry is the daughter of Marla and Brian McClure of Mt. Ida.

The Back Wall – September 2015

The Community is invited to Enjoy Art by Vonda Vines Featured on the Back Wall from September to the end of December

Vonda’s love for painting began in 1994 when she took her first oil painting lessons from art teacher, Allie Graves, with whom she studied five years. In 2007 Vonda studied with Betty Horne, a 40 year teacher of art who took her through a series of studies of oil, water color, pastels, acrylics, scratch art, drawing, clay molding and other areas of art. She has also taken a watercolor course through Rich Mountain Community College, many workshops with accomplished artists and online courses, but her love for oil has not changed.

Vonda was awarded artist of the year in 1999 by The Three Rivers Art Guild of which she has been a member since 1996 and has held many offices there, including president for two years.

Vonda has been a member of the Ouachita Artists Gallery and Studio since 2013.

Vonda Vines display on The Back Wall

Vonda Vines display on The Back Wall