Gallery Activities


Tuesday nights, March 6-April 10. $120.00, materials provided.

Come by or call the gallery to sign up.

Teacher Martha Koelemay



In this class we will explore:

  • Some basic techniques and general “rules” as they   pertain to oil painting
  • When and how the rules can and should be broken or adjusted to suit the artist’s purpose
  • How to achieve the appearance of shape using highlights, shadows, and brush strokes
  • How to show the relationship of objects to each other, moving the focus forward and backward
  • How to create the feeling of distance and perspective
  • How to blend nuances of shading and color smoothly

We will paint a still life and a landscape using brush and palette knife.  The third painting will be either an abstract or something you would like to choose for yourself—an object or photograph that is meaningful to you–using the techniques you have learned.

The purpose of this course is to help you learn or polish your techniques and develop your own style.  You will work at a pace that is comfortable for you.  Mainly, I want you to enjoy the class and be proud of what you produce!



February 2018 Events At The Gallery


February 19, 2018 Demonstration/Program 2pm by Don Watson demonstrating “Glazing a Finished Painting”

March 6 through April 10, 2018 Basic Oil Painting by Martha Koelemay in the evening, may begin registration now.

Every Monday the Monday Painters meet and paint together.  Anyone welcome and it is free.  Good time to share, get ideas, and just be with other artists while working yourself.  Begins at 10 am in the studio.

Barbara Holt’s Drawing Class for Adults continues until March 6 and they are doing wonders in pencil.

Saturday on going Kids Art ages 6-9 years taught by Barbara Holt and they too are doing a great job.  Saw some of their works today and will post on Facebook.

Be sure and check out our Facebook page and share it with others by clicking” share”.  Here is our site location

Remember if you have not renewed your membership (2018 Membership Form) it is not to late to do so.




Thursday evenings, 6-8 p.m.

A six-week course will begin September 7 and continue through October 12. Whether you are a brand-new beginner, a veteran who has not worked much (or at all) in oils, or someone in between, this course is for you! We will take you where you are and build from there, exploring various concepts, techniques and styles as we go. Teacher is Martha Koelemay. Cost is $100 for the six weeks, supplies provided. Class size is limited, so either come by or call the gallery (870-867-3115) to sign up. Registration and payment are required by August 31 so the materials can be purchased.

August 2017 Upcoming Events

Program Demonstration –  Monday, August 21 at 2:00 pm

We will travel to the Don Watson’s new studio in Glenwood. Meet at Ouachita Artists Studio at 1:00 pm to carpool. Don is a very prolific artist and his new studio is stunning.

The Back Wall Featured Artist Reception – Sunday, August 27 1:00–3:00 pm

Patti Presley will be featuring some of her awesome paintings. Patti has been an active member of the Gallery since it began.  Come and visit with us and enjoy her work and refreshments.

ArtRageous April 3, 2017

Join Us

Monday, April 3

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Easter Eggs for April! Come to our April ARTrageous Monday and create your own one-of-a-kind Easter eggs to star in your holiday decorations. If you have not been to one of our monthly adult creative evenings, this would be a good one to start with. We will have a lot of fun and you will make something unique to take home. Hosted by Martha Koelemay. There is a $5.00 fee, all supplies are furnished. Park in the back and enter the studio through our back door. Come and bring a friend or two!  Adults only, please.



Intro to Oil Painting 3-11-2017

Introduction to Oil Painting

Six Weeks Course – on Saturdays – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

March 11 – April 16

Presented By Martha Koelemay

Always wanted to learn to paint but never did? Used to paint but haven’t for a long time? Worked in other mediums but never oils? Here is your chance!

Learn the basics of oil painting, color mixing, creating the illusion of shape and distance. Create something beautiful and maybe surprise yourself!

Cost: $75.00, materials provided

Age: Adults and young people ages 12 and up

For more information call Ouachita Artists Gallery & Studio at 870-867-3115, or Martha Koelemay at 870-326-4224 (or email

Class size is limited, so sign up now! Deadline Wednesday, March 8, payment due by first class meeting.

ARTrageous 3-6-2017

ARTrageous Night

Monday, March 6, 2017 – 6:00 pm – 8:pm

Make a Pollock Flower Pot!  We will splatter, dip and pour a flower pot for spring.  Jane Babbitt will host this event.

In the classroom of the Gallery.

Adults only – $5.00

Looks like the participants had a good time and are ready for Spring potting!

Painting in Acrylics – February 20, 2017

“Painting in Acrylics on Canvas”

Demonstration by Marlene Gremillion

February 20, 2017  –  2:00 p.m.

Ouachita Artists Gallery

There are many, many ways to paint with acrylics on canvass and Marlene will be doing only one technique, which is a layering technique.

Recently Marlene painted a large commission for the Central Library System in Little Rock, AR and many followed this progress on her Facebook page.  Therefore, she decided that this technique might be of interest to others.

Marlene will discuss using acrylics along with techniques and designing a composition.  All are welcome to come watch and of course ask questions during the process.

If there is an interest, Marlene will be willing to teach an all day workshop in the near future.

Please call the Gallery if you have questions (870) 867-3115.