45th Christmas Artist Market at Fairgrounds in full swing

by Bradley Hartsell

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NCAA members and Artist Market participants are excited to present their work at this weekend's art show at the Fairgrounds. Left to right: Donna Massey, Barbara Moore, Ellie Farrington and Suzanne Caldwell.

The Newnan-Coweta Art Association kicked off its 45th annual Christmas Artist Market Friday at the Coweta County Fairgrounds with 32 vendors displaying their art — a local tradition that helps mark the unofficial beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

The annual art show gives Coweta artists and craftspeople a chance to display their work, while the art association serves holiday cookies and plays Christmas music.

For several years the event was held at the Historic Train Depot on East Broad Street in downtown Newnan. For the past four years, the Artist Market has called the Coweta County Fairgrounds on Pine Road south of Newnan home. For some, like first-time participant Donna Massey, the show is a chance to gain exposure and experience as well as kicking off the unofficial Christmas season when the calendar turns to November.

“I did this art show to learn ‘how’ to do a show,” explained Massey. “I painted in high school but now my kids are grown and I just got back into it a couple years ago. It’s scary to put yourself out there like this, but it’s doing something I love.”

NCAA President Barbara Kelly expressed her sentiments as the three-day event opened Friday over another anticipated year of the Artist Market.

“We’re especially excited about our show this year,” Kelly said. “We’re encouraging people to come early while so much great art is here.”

In addition to many paintings done by people like Massey, Ellie Farrington, Barbara Moore, Suzanne Caldwell and Rebecca Wayne, there is a woodturner, Ken Hamilton, and a potter, Kent Applegate.

With such a diversity among vendors, NCAA treasurer Fred Buyarski is buzzing about the noteworthy amount of artists in Coweta.

“We have a collection of different artists with a wide array of fine art,” Buyarski said. “People are taking the time to do all this work and putting all of themselves into it.”

Massey added of the show’s camaraderie, “It’s given me a chance to meet other artists.”

Farrington, who was painting during the early stages of Friday, noted today will be a busy day because the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will also be occurring at the fairgrounds’ midway area. Farrington says she wears “two hats,” one as an artist and another as an active member with the local Alzheimer’s Association.

The Christmas Artist Market runs today 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free and there is free parking at the fairgrounds. See fine art, crafts, gift items and enjoy refreshments, all in the exhibit hall area.

For more information on the event and the NCAA in general, visit www.newcaa.com or email newnanncaa@gmail.com .



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