Our Executive Director
Lisa Keeling

As the picture shows I love adventure!

I am thrilled to be on this new adventure and thankful to be given the opportunity to be part of the Mena community. It is exciting to see all of the talent and meet the artists. My husband and I moved to Mena in April of 2021. I have always felt the need to create, but it took a while for me to understand that art can exist just to be beautiful. I always felt that I needed to create utilitarian pieces in order for them to have a value. I was VERY happy when it finally sunk in that there was so much more to art and it does not have to be “useful” in a pragmatic way.

My husband taught me to throw pottery. On a visit to his mom’s house, I asked who had created all of the wonderful pottery and she said “my son”! He hadn’t mentioned that he started throwing pottery in high school. I have tried several types of art and many different mediums but clay really struck a chord with me and we have been playing in the clay ever since.

I have many creative outlets from sewing, woodwork, pottery, chainmail, lampwork beads, gardening, and pretty much anything else that strikes my fancy.

I hope to inspire and be inspired by our artistic community. I will see you at the gallery. 😊

Our Board of Directors

Chair: Linda Ostman
Vice-Chair: TBD
Pamela Bennett
Joe Corcoran
Barbara DuBose
David Maddox
Carol Myrick
Diane Warren
Nancy Youngblood
Sheila Prestonback