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Alley paintings to be in place by Fall Art Walk

  • By Winston Skinner
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  • Aug. 10, 2018 - 6:51 AM

Alley paintings to be in place by Fall Art Walk

Winston Skinner / The Newnan Times-Herald

Admiring a painting on an old street sign are, from left, Abigail Strickland, Main Street Newnan special events coordinator; Ray Dubose, Newnan Downtown Development Authority member; and Courtney Harcourt, Newnan Main Street director. The painting is by Jessica Holt, a local artist who is a regular Main Street vendor.

A bin of battered street signs will soon be transformed into art to decorate some of Newnan’s downtown alleys.

Main Street Director Courtney Harcourt said the city’s public works department has a container filled with battered signs. Local artists have begun painting designs on the old signs, and plans are to place the signs in alleys.

Harcourt talked about the art project at Wednesday’s Downtown Development Authority meeting. In addition to the painted signs, there is an option for having the old signs wrapped with historic photographs for $15-$20 per sign.

The signs can not only add color to the alley areas but help fence or hide some of the trash cans and air conditioners in the alleys, Harcourt said.

Harcourt said she hopes to have art pieces completed and in place by the Fall Art Walk on Sept. 14.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the board approved making the DDA the project coordinator for the Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors grant project. NCBOR obtained a grant that will be used to upgrade Wadsworth Alley.

Harcourt said the grant funds must be spent by May 29 of next year.