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New art installation theme announced


  • By Maggie Bowers
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  • Jun. 11, 2017 - 7:11 AM

New art installation theme announced

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Carson Allen, who is almost 2 years old, enjoys 'Alpine Adventure,' one of the locomotive sculptures on the court square. Local artist Cecil Cornwell painted the design on the train. The sculptures will soon be leaving downtown. Carson is the sons of Keith and Samantha Allen of Newnan.

The fiberglass art pieces depicting a theme of transportation will roll out of downtown Newnan soon, now that the next installation project plans are currently in the making. 

Additional Coweta organizations will be involved in the venture this time around, and organizers are requesting a bit of creative assistance from locals, too.
 
As it has with the previous two art installation projects, the newest theme is in keeping with an appreciation of both the art and the history of Newnan. The theme of “Newnan, a Storybook Town,” is a collaboration of several organizations including the Newnan-Coweta Art Association and the newly established local children’s museum, ChildrenConnect, which was created using funds from the 2015 transportation-themed fiberglass designs. 
 
“We all have a great love for the history of our community,” offered Newnan-Coweta Art Association board member Bette Hickman of the transportation program. Hickman has also served Coweta as an art teacher for almost 40 years. “An artist really does need to connect with their community, and I encourage my art students to feel a part of the history for their community.”
 
The latest art enterprise has expanded beyond the creation of fiberglass pieces, however. The new project will include an even-more creative endeavor – an actual storybook – written and illustrated locally. 
 
The Newnan Carnegie Library, located downtown, is another of several local organizations collaborating on the plan and will host two concurrent contests to find an author and illustrator for the endeavor.
 
“We wanted this newest art project to be tied into the history of Newnan as well as the downtown area that the city has worked so hard to make family-friendly,” explained Carnegie Library Assistant Elizabeth Wood. “We truly have a storybook town and with that in mind, we decided to add an illustrated storybook to the newest project.”
 
The contests to find an illustrator and author are open to all in Coweta, according to a recent press release regarding the art venture. All entries will be judged by a panel including members of the Newnan Coweta Art Association, The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and staff from the Newnan Carnegie Library. 
 
“We invite participants to send in entries consisting of children’s picture book-length stories that touch on the history of the city of Newnan and include farmyard animal characters such as donkeys, pigs, sheep and cows,” the release instructed. “The winning story will be published as a storybook locally, along with illustrations from the winning illustrator.”
 
For the illustrator search, organizers requested that contest participants submit two illustrations of farmyard animals suitable for characters in a children’s storybook. The winning illustrator will then be asked to illustrate the winning story for a completed storybook to be published.
 
Individuals who are both an artist and a writer are welcome to enter both contests simultaneously. 
 
The deadline for illustrator and author entries is July 31. Entries must be submitted in person at the Newnan Carnegie Library, located at 1 LaGrange St. Digital entries may be emailed to ewood@cityofnewnan.org
 
For more information regarding the latest art installation project, or for questions regarding contest entries, contact the Carnegie Library at 770-683-1347.
 
Profits from the outdoor art project and from the initial printings of the resulting storybook will benefit ChildrenConnect museum.