Arts Association touts buying locally

COVINGTON — With the increase in arts-related businesses in recent years, the Arts Association in Newton County is hoping to raise public awareness of opportunities to buy and make art.

The Arts Association will host "Buy Local Art" night in conjunction with the Second Friday Night Concert Series on the Square at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 13.

Local arts businesses will have informational tables set up to educate concert-goers about their products and services and some will host open houses.

"We have been made increasingly aware of arts businesses in town and when you stop and just look, in the last five years how many more arts business there are, they're really growing and it's really neat to see these businesses doing well, even in a pretty tough economy for the arts," said Arts Association Executive Director Buncie Lanners.

"We wanted to make sure all the people in Newton County realized the resources they have, especially at back-to-school time," Lanners said. "A lot of people are looking for classes for their children, music lessons, dance studios to take lessons. The intent is to educate the public about the different arts businesses there are, for profit and nonprofit, where they can buy art and take lessons."

Participating businesses include BB Fuzz in Porterdale, Harris Band Instruments, Heavenly Dance Steps, Kids IN Step, Mainstream Dance, McKibben Music, Picasso Playhouse, Southern Heartland Art Gallery and Van Go's Studio with Heartscapes Studio Gallery and Custom Framing.

The Arts Association will also have a table set up with information about upcoming concerts, auditions and its Young Artists Program.

The concert will feature Brooks Honeycutt and Friends, a local blues artist. Admission is free. The event is also sponsored by Main Street Covington.