Artists in need for exhibit

COVINGTON - Calling all artists: Your creativity is needed for a special spring art show intended to raise awareness about the new Newton County History Center.

"Scenes of Newton County Art Show" will be held April 6 to 23 at the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

Friends of Newton History Center, the event sponsor, is already seeking entries.

Photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures and other art will be accepted, but all submissions must have one thing in common: They must depict a subject recognizable as part of Newton County.

The most iconic symbol of the county is the historic courthouse in downtown Covington. But there are lots of lovely local landscapes, including Flat Shoals and Burge Plantation, as well as distinctive architecture that could be depicted, said Sheryl Christian, chairwoman of Friends of Newton History Center.

"There's just so many possibilities in our county and so much beauty in our county. We thought maybe we could use this as a way to heighten awareness of the museum project," said Christian, adding that she's hoping to see some "creative and unusual" pieces.

The old jail on Stallings Street is under renovation in preparation for its conversion into a history museum.

While revenues from the special purpose local option sales tax will likely cover the cost of the renovation, donations will be needed to pay for exhibits, Christian said.

"I hope to get people interested in making donations," through the art show, she said.

However, entry fees for the exhibit will be used to pay for expenses and will not go toward the museum, she said.

The entry fee is $15 for one piece; $25 for two pieces and $35 for three pieces.

The registration deadline is March 15.

Work must be delivered to the courthouse on April 3 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The first-prize winner will receive $200; second place will get $150 and third place will take home $100.

In order to be judged, artwork must be original and not done as part of a group lesson or copied from a published photograph, book or magazine.

Wall art may not exceed 30 inches per side and sculptures may not exceed 20 pounds and should include a pedestal.

Children's artwork may be submitted at no cost, should not exceed 18 inches per side and must be mounted on poster board. Those entries will not be judged and will be limited due to space.

Artwork must be framed and wired for hanging with the exception of children's submissions.

Artwork for sale should have the price and contact information of the artist.

Also, "We are accepting and encouraging people who have older pieces of art in their possession that depicts Newton County to submit - that would be exhibited but not judged," Christian said.

Entry forms should include the name and phone number of the artist and the number and size of pieces to be submitted. Forms may be mailed to 185 Briarpatch Road, Covington, GA 30014.

For more information, call Christian at 770-787-5810 or e-mail swc1221@bellsouth.net.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.