Marking 44 years of fine art in Coweta
by Sarah Fay Campbell
More than 600 people turned out last week for the opening reception of the Newnan-Coweta Art Association’s annual Juried Art Show for members.
The show at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road features a large number of paintings, as well as sculptures, photography and drawing, all by members of the NCAA, which celebrates 44 years in 2014. The show continues through June and is free to the public.
Painter Mick Brandenberger took Best in Show for his “The Four Seasons.” Brandenburger also had two other paintings in the show, “Autumn Falls” and “The View.”
Well-known Newnan artist Martin Pate received the Best in Painting honor for “Red Boots.”
R.L. Hughey and Deborah McNeil took Best in Sculpture with their large metal bench, titled “Flutterbies,” and Roger and Charlene Sibaja took Best in Photography for “A Perfect Fence.”
In addition to the four best awards, there were an additional “top 10” awards. Winners were Thomas Bagby for “Evolution,” Daryl Chambless for “Spring Rain,” Lydia Ellis for “Homecoming,” Helen Hayes for “Oriental Girl,” Gay Lindquist for “Freedom in Color,” Sandy Holcomb for “Rainy Twilights,” Suzanna K. Howle for “Pond Glow,” Len Jacoda for “Zenyatta,” Kem Kowa for “Street Scene – Newnan,” and Phillip Boyd for “Serenbe.”
In addition to the awards, NCAA gave out its first ever honorary artist awards to two long-time members, Ellie Farrington and Helen Hayes.
“The show was wonderful, said NCAA President Pam Trued. “We have some phenomenal artists.
“It just gets better and better every year,” Trued added. “We were excited about it. We hope to generate the same excitement next year,” she said. “We have people who ask when this show is coming about, and where they can’t get an invitation to the reception.”
No invitation is needed – the reception is open to the public.
The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The art is on display throughout the lobby and in the Francoise Gilot gallery.
If you can’t make it during the day, the lobby and gallery are also open during performances. Mike Funt’s “The Day they Hung the Elephant” will be performed on June 21 at 7 p.m. Prophets, Poets and Psalms will be Sunday, June 29 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday was the first time Maao Kim has attended the show, and she was riveted by the paintings. “I think it’s really, really quality,” she said. I”m just enjoying it.” She particularly enjoyed the variety of work.
“It’s like walking through a garden with different flowers,” Kim said.
This was artist Louise Howard’s second time exhibiting in the show. “It’s a wonderful show, with wonderful art on display,” she said. “I think Newnan is a little hive of activity for artists.”
Merri Douglas brought her granddaughter Rachel to the reception.
“We’re both artists, so we came together,” Merri said. When she heard about the reception, “I knew she would enjoy it."
“I like it,” said Rachel, 7. Currently, she does a lot of painting.
Tuesday was also the first visit for LaShonna Drayton and her husband, Eric.
She was particularly impressed by paper artist Rae Duncan’s work, “Bloom.” At first glance, it looks like an oil painting. But on closer inspection, you can see it’s actually made entirely of cut and molded pieces of paper.
“It’s unique, and I love it,” LaShonna Drayton said.