Artful Harvest exhibit to be at Newton County Library

COVINGTON -- Fall's bounty is just around the corner, but locals can experience an artful harvest right now.

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. is once again hosting its annual Artful Harvest exhibit at Newton County Library. A variety of work will be on display, including photography, paintings, drawings, jewelry, and wood and metal sculptures and items. The show, open to all artists in Georgia, begins Thursday and runs through Sept. 29 in the library meeting room and is free to the public during regular library hours.

"We encourage the public to come and appreciate the wonderful opportunity that the library gives all of us for learning and culture," said Susan Wahl, finance chair for Southern Heartland Arts, Inc.

The public is also welcome to attend a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13. Awards for first, second and third place in each category, along with best in show, and people's choice, will be handed out then. This year, the show will also feature a junior category for artists under age 18. Atlanta artist Thomas Reis will be this year's judge. Reis is an illustrator who has had his work published in magazines including Time; Rolling Stone; Sports Illustrated and the Wall Street Journal. Winners will receive cash prizes, except in the junior category, in which winners will receive gift certificates.

The art show is sponsored by United Bank and the reception is being hosted by Southern Heartland Woman's Club.

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. is a non-profit established in 1988 by a small group of local artists interested in the visual arts. There are two separate entities under the umbrella organization: Southern Heartland Art Guild and Southern Heartland Art Gallery. Guild membership is open to anyone with an interest in the visual arts. The gallery is located on Monticello Street in downtown Covington.