The Newnan Times-Herald


Art, architecture combine for Saturday event downtown

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • May. 19, 2017 - 6:14 AM

Art, architecture combine for Saturday event downtown

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Bette Schumann paints an image of the 1904 Coweta County during Art and Architecture 2016. The Historic Preservation Month event is returning Saturday.

The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and the Newnan-Coweta Art Association are joining forces for an event combining history and art on Saturday.

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, NCAA artists will create paintings of downtown Newnan buildings in celebration of May as Historic Preservation Month. There also will be historical tours at 10 and 11 a.m. led by Carla Cook Smith, who recently published her new book, “Historic Newnan: Downtown Commercial District 1828 – 2016.”

Tours will start on the East Court Square. The society will provide booklets with information on the tour stops and the 2017 participating artists.

“It’s all free as we celebrate Newnan’s architectural heritage,” said Jeff Bishop, executive director of the historical society.

Established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Month is co-sponsored by local preservation groups, state historical societies, and business and civic organizations across the country. During Preservation Month, many events are planned to promote historic places for the purpose of instilling national and community pride, promoting heritage tourism and showing the social and economic benefits of historic preservation.