Unfortunately, we have had to temporarily close the Gallery due to roof damage from a severe storm.  We have water damage and have removed art and crafts until the roof is repaired.

We ask for your help through our GoFundMe site.  Please visit our Facebook page for photos of the damage.   Our story follows:

Ouachita Artists is a small but thriving non-profit art gallery in a low-income rural community, Mount Ida, Arkansas.  For five years it has been our mission to promote the arts in the community and provide local artists and artisans with a place to display their work.  We offer regular classes, workshops, demonstration programs and other activities for children and adults and through the generosity of our customers and donors we have managed to keep our doors open.

Two weeks ago a severe storm blew through our area and demolished our roof, causing severe flooding in parts of the gallery.  Miraculously we were able to save all the art with practically no damage.  But the rain continued for several days, the ceiling fell in, the flooring started coming up, and finally we had to call all the artists to come pick up their work and we closed our doors except for the classes that were already scheduled.

Our insurance will only cover patching the roof, not replacing it.  Our building and roof are approximately 100 years old and the roof has been patched numerous times, and further patching will not help–the roofer says the whole thing needs to come off and be replaced, it can’t be patched any more.  And there is no coverage for the ceiling and flooring or any other improvements.  We do not have the funds for such expenses, but we are determined to keep our little gallery going somehow.  Living in a depressed area as we do, local fundraising efforts bring in very little and we are hoping that GoFundMe can help us.

Some of our members hold regular classes at the local nursing home and assisted living center, and we have social events during the year in addition to the classes.  We have Halloween and Christmas parties, art and photography contests for children.   Losing the gallery would mean the loss of art classes for children, loss of a creative outlet for adults, as well as loss of revenue for the community and loss of income for the artists. Everything in our gallery is handmade by local people, many of whom are retired and living on Social Security, and every little bit of extra income is welcome.

Reaching our $50,000 goal would mean we could replace our roof, ceiling and floors and improve our classroom and exhibit space properly, instead of nickel-and-diming it the way we have had to do in the past.  We are very proud of our little gallery and the part it plays in the community and will be eternally grateful for any funds raised through this program.  The roofer is scheduled to start next week, and we will use the insurance money as far as it goes, but then we will be at a loss to continue, so we need money as soon as possible.  Thank you for this program and the help it has given to so many, and we feel we qualify as a good cause.  A first-quality art gallery in a depressed economic area draws an amazing number of people who see our advertising and our website, and we are proud of the part we play in improving our community.

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, so 100% of your donation is tax-deductible.


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

Please visit (and “Like”) our Facebook page for additional and timely information regarding happenings at our gallery and with our wonderful group.

Below are articles about our activities in our gallery.

New Art on Back Wall

The Community is Invited to a Reception

Featuring Artist Maureen Walthers

Sunday, July 24  –  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ouachita Artists Gallery and Studio is proud to present Maureen Walthers as the featured artist on the gallery’s Back Wall for July and August. Maureen is a native of South Africa and now makes her home in Mount Ida, Arkansas. In the past she has been involved with the Chamber of Commerce helping to promote this beautiful area of the state. Please join us at a reception planned in her honor Sunday, July 24, 1-3 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Will you be “the lucky one?

A drawing will be held for a beautiful pearl necklace.

Refreshments will be served.


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.

Mary Ann photoShaw3Shaw2

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.