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Funeral home to hold free student art show April 18

COVINGTON — One local business is hoping to advance the careers of art students in Newton County.

Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home is holding an art show April 18 at its facility on the Access Road.

"Our desire is to try to help younger children ... to reach for their dreams," said Brad Bailey, director of funeral services at Caldwell & Cowan. "So much is out there to distract them. We want to inspire them to not give up. We have such beautiful talent here and want them to pursue their careers."

The funeral home has coordinated with art teachers at the three local high schools and local colleges to recruit artists for the event to discuss and display their paintings and drawings. The event also expects to have art from adult local professional artists and teachers.

"We want the high schoolers to get inspired from the college students and the college students to get inspired from the local artists," Bailey said.

At the event, community members are invited to view these student and adult works, meet them and learn more about their art and show support for their chosen paths.

"We want the community to embrace them," Bailey said. "When I was young, someone encouraged me, and it meant the world to me. It was an inspiration, and I'd hate to see their work go undone."

So far about a dozen artists have signed up for the show, and Bailey expects more closer to the event.

"If this goes across well, we hope to make this an annual thing and include more types of art like sculptures," Bailey said. "We want to help these students find schools and careers in the arts."

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. April 18 at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home at 1215 Access Road in Covington.