Artists sought to help park

COVINGTON -- Artists hoping to make a sale and help a good cause at the same time are asked to participate in an art exhibit and silent auction that will benefit Chimney Park.

The second annual Fairy Houses at Chimney Park event will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. May 1. This year, the event has been expanded to include a silent art auction.

Artwork to be featured will be displayed at the meeting room of the Newton County Library two weeks in advance of the event.

"We are accepting any kind of artwork: paintings, sculptures, pottery, even people who make things like birdhouses or more craft-related kinds of things. We've got one woman doing weaving," said Kathie Smith, co-chair of the event.

The day of the festival, photos of the artwork and a bid sheet will be displayed at the park. Artists are being asked to donate half of the proceeds from sales to Friends of Newton Parks Inc., the 501(c)3 organization raising funds to build Chimney Park. The park will be the first in Newton County dedicated to imaginative play and is being designed to accommodate children and adults of all abilities.

Artists wishing to participate should call Smith at 770-786-9290 or e-mail kathiesmith25@gmail.com by Monday.

All artwork should be ready for display and delivered to the library between 10 a.m. and noon and 3 and 5 p.m. April 12.

Fairy Houses at Chimney Park was held for the first time in May and drew 1,500 people. The program featured storytelling, crafts, refreshments and a May Pole along with more than 150 handmade homes for fairies constructed of all natural materials.

"One of the reasons we chose to do (the art auction) is because the fairy houses event itself really stimulates the imagination and creativity. We thought the artists' work would be a nice addition because of the connection to imagination and creativity," Smith said, noting that outdoor art will also be a feature of the park. Fairy and dragonfly sculptures have already been purchased for the site.

Proceeds from the art auction will go toward stabilizing the chimney on the property, part of the ruins of an old mansion that will be a key element of the park.