Spring art walk returns to Newnan
by Celia Shortt
The beginning of spring in Newnan will again be ushered in with a celebration, as the Spring Art Walk takes place downtown on Friday.
“The Spring 2014 Art Walk will be a night to remember,” said Main Street Manager Courtney Collins. “Over 30 downtown businesses have joined together to feature a variety of talent. We invite enthusiasts to join downtown Newnan, as we are thrilled to highlight our burgeoning local art scene.”
The art walk is free and will take place on Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. throughout Newnan’s historic downtown. Visitors can walk downtown through 30 different locations and see the work of at least 40 artists. It is a biannual event, with another art walk being held in the fall.
During the art walk, downtown businesses will be open and hosting store-front exhibits and demonstrations by Newnan artists. Some will also be holding tastings and serving hors d’oeuvres, as well as offering specials and promotions.
Martha Ann Parks is a local art enthusiast and owner of Panoply Interior Design & Consulting. She is also a member of Newnan’s Downtown Development Authority and has been involved with the art walk since its inception.
“The art walk was my brainchild when we first started it,” she said. “It’s a great event, and brings people downtown and supports artists and local business.”
This year is the first in which Parks will not be able to participate after closing her storefront in favor of an office setting for her design company. So to stay involved with the event, she chose to have her company be the corporate sponsor.
She hopes through this event and its sister event in the fall that the community will know more about what artists it has and what the downtown Newnan stores have to offer.
“It’s a win-win situation for all involved — the community, artists, and stores,” she said. “I hope everybody comes out to the event and has a good time.”