Friday, August 29, 2008

Dr. Anita Lloyd Encourages Cowetans To Attend Southside Visual and Performing Arts Seminar on Sept. 13

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 August 29, 2008


Southside Visual and Performing Arts Seminar On September 13


Dr. Anita Lloyd Recommends That Cowetans Attend


     So many things are happening in the burgeoning Southside arts scene that it is difficult to keep up with them all.  In order to meet this need, two years ago Andre DeLorenzo of Peachtree City established an online news service called the Southside Arts Agenda.  De Lorenzo recently announced another service for the Southside arts scene: the first ever Southside Visual and Performing Arts Seminar, which will held on September 13 at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center (PAC) at 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway in Jonesboro from 8:30 AM through 5:00 PM.  To receive a seminar brochure and registration form, you can call 404-822-9057 or you can email



     The Host of the Seminar is Dr. Anita Lloyd, the Co-ordinator of the PAC.  Dr. Lloyd is a former resident of Coweta County, who has kept in touch with the arts scene there.  She encourages Cowetans to attend the Seminar: "I highly recommend that arts organizations in Coweta County attend the arts seminar at the Performing Arts Center September 13. The seminar will be an important networking opportunity for arts administrators, producers, and non profit organizations. Please feel free to email me at if you have questions."


     Here is DeLorenzo's statement about the seminar:  "This first-of-its-kind seminar to be held in the Southern Crescent may well be the most important meeting you will attend this year!  Why? Because leading experts in the fields of event planning, marketing, advertising, promotion and grant funds will be on hand to share their knowledge and successes with you. We are bringing together leading experts in their fields to help you increase ticket sales, program advertising sales, sponsor participation, the correct method of applying and winning grants and so much more."


     You can either register on the day the seminar is held for a cost of $50 or you can register in advance for a cost of $35. 


     For further information. contact DeLorenzo either at 404-822-9057 or email him at Andre DeLorenzo




Thursday, August 28, 2008

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Five Coweta Authors Signing Books at Powers Festival This Weekend


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 August 28, 2008


Coweta Authors Doing Book-Signing at Powers Crossroads Festival:


John Hickman, Tony Priest, "Pie" Burson, Holly Moulder, Linda Jennings


     Carol Chancey has just announced the authors that (so far) have decided to do signings of their books at the Powers Crossroads Festival she is running this weekend.  The place for the signings will be J.T.'s Coffee House in the entertainment area.


     These authors will be John William Hickman (Man In Muddy Creek and Common Clay), Tony Priest (Call Sign:  Iceman), Carolyn "Pie" Burson (Pie's Half-Baked Memoirs), Holly Moulder (Eyes Of The Calusa) and Linda Jennings (Life Within The Veil). 


    Hickman is the organizer and presumably he will be there all three days of the Festival:  Saturday August 30, Sunday August 31 and Monday September 1.  Also intending to be there all three days are Molder and Jennings.  Priest intends to be there on Saturday and Sunday, and Burson intends to be there only on Saturday. 




[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Zaphyra Choral Group at Powers Festival This Weekend

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 August 28, 2008


Zaphyra To Perform at Powers Crossroads Festival This Weekend


Will Preview the VOICES Concert at The Wadsworth on September 6


     Carol Chancey, the Director of the Powers Crossroads Festival coming up this weekend, has announced that one of the attractions there will be two short performances by several of the most distinguished female vocal artists on the Southside, the Zaphyra choral group, which is part of the VOICES ensemble which will be performing at the Wadsworth Auditorium in Newnan on September 6. These performances, in fact, are intended as a sort of preview of the VOICES Concert, to give people some idea of what they can expect at that concert on September 6.


     The first of these preview performances at the Powers Festival will be held on Saturday August 30 from 12:15 PM through 12:35 PM, and the second on Sunday August 31 from

2:30 PM through 3:00 PM. 


     For info on the Powers Festivals you can visit this website


     For info on VOICES you can visit this website 


Monday, August 25, 2008

[Coweta Art Tidbits] Newnan's "Spirit Stroll" Announced


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  August 25, 2008


Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Announces "Spirit Stroll"


     One of the most popular events in Newnan is the annual "Spirit Stroll" sponsored by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.  Shelley Laurin has just issued this press release about this event on behalf of the Society. 

The high spirits of Halloween return to Newnan with The Spirit Stroll and The Goblin Run, two exciting events sponsored by the Newnan Coweta Historical Society.
This year, the popular Spirit Stroll will depart from the Male Academy at the corner of College Street and Temple Avenue and wend its way through the College Temple Historic District led by a costumed Spirit Guide who will reveal ghostly-and ghastly-doings associated with various historic homes along the way.
The Stroll takes about an hour, and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes.  Dates for the Strolls are the last two Saturdays in October, the 18th and the 25th, with two tours scheduled for each date, at 7pm and 9pm.
In addition, a special Spirit Stroll, which includes Dinner Wth the Dead, will start  at 7pm on October 25th at one of the lovely historic homes in the College Temple district.  Tickets for this event are $40;  tickets for the other Strolls are $15.  Ticket reservations for all Strolls must be prepaid with advance reservations by calling  NCHS at 770-251-0207.
The Second Annual 5K Goblin Run, to be preceded by the 1 mile Fun Run and the Doggie Dash, will begin shortly after 9am at The Male Academy .  Face painting and free pumpkins will be available for the children, and special T shirts designed by Newnan High School graphic artists will be given to all pre-registred race participants.
All runners, including canines, are encouraged to come in costume.  Plaques will be awarded to the first three finishers in The Goblin Run in both men's and women's classes.  Entry fee for the 5K race is $15.  All races require pre- registration.  To register, call NCHS at 770-251-0207 or visit their website at  Mastercard and Visa, will be accepted for all events.
Historical Society hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 to 12 pm and 1 to 3 pm; and Sunday, 2 to 5 pm.  You may always leave a message on the answering machine for a return call.

Monday, August 18, 2008

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Fall "Art Walk" Announced By Main Street Newnan

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 August 18, 2008


Newnan's Fall Art Walk Set For September 12


     Main Street Newnan has contributed a lot to the welfare of the City of Newnan, including the arts.  One of these contributions is the semi-annual Art Walks, held in the Spring and Fall of each year.  These Art Walks have become one of the most memorable and enjoyable of all the events to be found in this Coweta County city, and the Main Street Director, Linda Bridges is to be commended for them.


     The Fall Art Walk for 2008 has been set for Friday September 12 from 4 PM thru 8 PM.  During this time one can stroll through Newnan's beautiful downtown area and see the art works displayed at the various participating businesses.  This is the notice which appears on the Main Street Newnan website, :


Fall Art Walk
Friday September 12th
4pm - 8pm
Join the merchants of Main Street for a fall evening of art and excitement.  Stroll the streets and enjoy a walking gallery show.  Visit each downtown store to view the works of different professional artist.

    And here is a photo of one of the participating businesses, which also houses an art gallery in its showroom, namely the Panoply Interior Design and Home Decor of Murray and Martha Ann Parks.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Legacy Theatre Announces a WORLD PREMIERE Production !!

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 August 13, 2008


Legacy Theatre Annoounces WORLD  PREMIERE Production !!


Vintage Hitchcock  Play To Be Performed


     Mark and Bethany Smith of Newnan are continually making mighty contributions to the Coweta arts scene through their Legacy Theatre in Tyrone.  This past weekend they finished their performances of Wizard of Oz to rave reviews and Mark Smith has been interviewed by the Southside Arts Agenda for the past several weeks, in recognition of the importance of the Legacy Theatre for the Southside scene.  Last year the Legacy made history by being the first theatre in the southeastern US to put on one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's plays.  Now they have just announced that they will be topping that with a WORLD PREMIERE !!


    This is the announcement just released by Dustin Lewis, the Publicity Director:


WORLD PREMIERE! Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play Joe Landry, author
of one of the most produced plays in America in 2007, It's A Wonderful
Live:  A Live Radio Play, has chosen the The Legacy Theatre to premiere
his new play, Vintage Hitchcock:  A Live Radio Play.  "This is New York
City and WBFR presenting Vintage Hitchcock.  Each week, at this hour,
we bring you the excitement of the great stories of the strange and
unusual. Dark and compelling yarns culled form the four corners of the
world. Tonight, we present a trio of thrilling tales immortalized by
the Master of Suspense, Mr. Alfred Hitchcock: 'The Lodger,' 'The
Thirty-Nine Steps' and 'The Lady Vanishes'." The author himself will be
working hand in hand with director, Mark Smith, and the cast to craft a
piece that will be released for world-wide production in the near
future.  The Legacy will the be the first  EVER to present this
fantastic evening of thrills and suspense.  Audiences will not want to
miss out on the chance to be a part of this history-making production. 
  October 17th- November 2nd  Fridays 8pm, Saturdays 3pm and 8pm,
Sundays 3pm

Dustin Lewis, Sales and Marketing Director
Office: 404-895-1473
Fax: 770-306-3343

The Legacy Theatre
1175 Senoia Road
Suite C
Tyrone, GA  30290


[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Guided Tour of Mansion Included in Moss Oak Plantation Festival on Labor Day Weekend

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 August 12, 2008


Guided Tour of Historic 1790 Georgia Plantation Mansion Included in


Moss Oak Plantation Country Crafts and Music Festival on Labor Day Weekend


     At the intersection of Highway 34 West and Charlie B. Johnston Roads stands one of Georgia's oldest and most historic buildings:  the 1790 Moss Oak Plantation Mansion.  This edifice is listed in the U. S. Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places.  Guided tours of the mansion will be given during Labor Day Weekend (Saturday August 30 through Monday September 1) as part of the Moss Oak Plantation Country Crafts and Music Festival held in the spacious tree-shaded yard in front of  the mansion.  The Festival is open each day from 9 AM through 6 PM. 


     Moss Oak Plantation is owned by Dr. James Kornder, a local veterinarian and supporter of cat and dog charities.  Some of the proceeds from the annual Moss Oak Festival are donated to cat and dog charities in Coweta County and Heard County.  There is no admission charge to attend the Festival but there are fees paid by the arts and crafts vendors who exhibit there.


     Information on the Moss Oak Plantation Country Crafts and Music Festival is available by calling 770-583-2555.       



[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Entries By Four Coweta Photographers Accepted Into Slow Exposures


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 August 12, 2008


Four Coweta Photographers Have Entries Accepted Into SlowExposures:


Anne Berry, Paul Conlan, Gary Gruby, Daniel Piar


     One of the many evidences of the vitality of the Coweta arts scene is that every year there have been Coweta photographers who have had entries accepted into the presitigious SlowExposures Photographic Exhibition of the Rural South.  This year there are four such photographers:  Anne Berry and Paul Conlan from Newnan, Gary Gruby from Senoia, and Daniel Piar from Sharpsburg.  The following information about this year's exhibition is found on the SlowExposures website: 


SlowExposures 2008

 A Juried Exhibition Celebrating

Photography of the Rural South


2008 Theme: The Rural South - Real and Imagined


September 19, 20 and 21September 26, 27 and 28, 2008

Concord, Pike County , Georgia


SlowExposures, the nationally recognized photography exhibition that faithfully captures the theme of the rural South's history and character, opens Friday, September 19th 2008 for two weekends in the picturesque town of Concord , Georgia.


More than 120 photographers from 14 states submitted over 600 photos for consideration.  From these, nationally recognized jurors chose 71 images from 47 artists through a "blind" selection process.  The photos capture the rich romance and sweeping vistas of South in color and black and white.


"This year's SlowExposures photographs have come of age.  Each image is a special look at our heritage with a fresh insight and new perspective," says Chris Curry, Director of the photography exhibit.  "We are very pleased with the artwork and think that the public that views these images will come away with a renewed vision of their birthright."


The sixth anniversary of this free photography showcase will be held in the historic 1887 R.F. Strickland Building, a late nineteenth century mercantile store listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Pike County, south of Atlanta.


Located one hour south of the Atlanta airport, SlowExposures attracts thousands of visitors each year who visit bucolic Pike County to view and purchase original and innovative works from photographers from all over the United States .


SlowExposures is the annual fundraiser of Pike Historic Preservation and is dedicated to supporting the historical and cultural heritage of the rural south through contemporary photography.  All proceeds from the show and the dinner/dance go to the preservation of Pike County 's historic buildings and landscapes.


For more information, including a complete schedule of events, please visit or contact Slow Exposures, PO Box 489 , Zebulon , GA , 30295 , (770) 567-2029.




Sunday, August 10, 2008

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] VOICES To Launch Season at Wadsworth Auditorium in Newnan on Sept. 6

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 August 9, 2008 

VOICES Launches Season on Sept. 6 at Wadsworth Auditorium in Newnan
     The Coweta arts community is excited by the recent announcement by VOICES Artistic Director Maria Pia Ugarte that this prestigious Southern Arc choral group will be launching its 2008-2009 season with a benefit concert at the Wadsworth Auditorium in Newnan.  The Auditorium was named in honor of the famous Spoleto classical musician Charles Wadsworth for the many concerts he has held there in recent years to raise funds for the renovation of this building, which has meant a lot to him as a native of Newnan.
    This is the text of Ugarte's news release: 
PEACHTREE CITY, GEORGIA – August 7, 2008:  Voices will be holding a benefit concert this upcoming September 6, 2008 at The Wadsworth in Newnan.  This production launches the recently announced two-year season in The Southern Arc, presenting Voices' usual eclectic combination of music.  "This whole series has a mysterious quality to it.  There is an abundance of haunting melodies that will most certainly be following you home!" explained Ms. Ugarte.  The program combines soundtrack and musicals selections from "Cold Mountain," "Evita," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Oliver," & "Porgy and Bess;" classical evergreens such as Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" and Delibes' "Flower Duet from the opera Lakme; as well as a tribute of pieces made popular by Josh Groban, Celtic Woman, Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli.
Returning for its second appearance will be the solo female vocal group Zaphyra.  Zaphyra was born as a result of the first Voices concert in 2006 and formally organized during 2007.  "While working on the mixing of the recording of the 2006 Voices concert, I was drawn to a particular song, Sale ascende."  explained Ms. Ugarte.  "This is what triggered the idea of creating Zaphyra."  The ages of the group range from 11 to 44.  Original members Maria Pia Ugarte and Alison Chambers, have recently welcomed Megan Zerbe, Paige McCauley and Jill Safko to join the ensemble.  "Each singer has a very different kind of voice and style.  Each member is a unique strong individual performer and at the same time has the ability to combine in a group with a special quality and warmth." Zaphyra will be performing solo and ensemble pieces, including an a capella arrangement of "Somewhere" from West Side Story. The group recently finished recording a new version of "The Star Spangled Banner" that will be released as a maxi CD in the next few months. 
The Southern Nights Chorale -- a men's precision a cappella ensemble – joins Voices for the first time.  Founded by and under the direction of J. D. Holmes, it is made up of singers from the South Metro Atlanta area.  They actively perform in The Southern Arc and have also been heard at Turner Field singing the National Anthem as well as at the Governor's Mansion.  "I heard about the Southern Nights Chorale and decided to approach their director to see if they would be interested in being part of Voices this season," explained Ms. Ugarte.  "J. D. accepted and we are very excited about the collaboration."
Also returning for a second year is young violinist Matthew Roberts.  Roberts started playing the violin at the age of six.  He is a talented young musician who really enjoys playing his instrument and has an unlimited future ahead of him.
Hair design for Zaphyra will be done by Carlos Salon.  "Imbedded in the concept of Voices, is the idea of fostering creative synergy among different channels within the community.  Hair design is certainly an art form.  I have known Carlos for several years, as well as his wife Julisa.  They are both exceptional hair stylists."  Carlos Salon is located on Highway 74 in Peachtree City and is proud to offer the community an exceptional quality of service.
Another creative aspect that has become a characteristic of the Voices concerts is the wardrobe has been a key component and received many compliments last year.  David's Bridal has responded very enthusiastically to being a part of Voices.  "But expect surprises, as the dresses will most definitely have the Voices touch!"
This first concert – as well as the two following events -- will help fund the full scale production in 2009.  This initial, more intimate performance will be taking place at The Wadsworth in Newnan (25 Jefferson Street.)  The 1930's Art Deco landmark -- listed on the National Register of Historic Places – was designed by noted Georgia architect R. Kennon Perry.  "I learned of it through my friend and artistic colleague, writer Jeanne Chambers, one the founders of The Twilight Theater.  I was very surprised that I had not heard of this place before.  It is certainly worth a trip just to come and see this magnificent building, which has been recently restored." Gene Surber, award-winning historic architect, served as the consultant for its rehabilitation. "Rein Pirn, who designed the acoustics for Spivey Hall at Clayton College and State University in Morrow, developed the acoustical plan."
Presale tickets are available at the Voices website,  Doors open at 7:00 pm, with the performance starting at 7:30 pm.  A petite silent auction will take place before the concert and during intermission.  A Meet & Greet Reception will take place after the concert.  Please visit the Voices website for continued updates and information about this and upcoming events.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Veranda Inn Opens Art Gallery on Saturday

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 August 7, 2008
Veranda Inn Opens Art Gallery on Saturday
Exhibing Artists:  Raffaela DeAmicis, Kristen Fountain Davis, Brook MacFarlane
     The Veranda Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn in Senoia has announced that it will be opening an art gallery this Saturday, August 9.  The first exhibit will consist of works by three local artists.  The public is invited to attend.  This is the invitation they have issued:
The Veranda Historic B & B Inn invites you to the
G R A N D   O P E N I N G
of its newest addition
The Veranda Inn Gallery
Saturday, August 9th
5-9 pm
Come share in this historic event, mingle and meet the owners
Chelsie Comprosky  |  Laura and Rick Reynolds
With complimentary wine and hors d'oeurves
Our first exhibition
Southern At Heart
Features 3 local artists:
Raffaella DeAmicis, Kristen Fountain Davis, and Brooke MacFarlane
exhibition will run August 9th - September 13th
252 Seavy Street | PO Box 177 | Senoia, GA 30267 | 770-599-3905


Wednesday, August 06, 2008

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Coweta Authors Welcomed to Book Signing Book At Powers Festival

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 August 4, 2008
Labor Day Weekend Book Signing Opporutnity Announced:
Coweta Authors Welcomed to (Free) Booth at Powers Festival on Sept.1 - 3
     John Hickman, a member of the Coweta Writers Group and the author of three novels, has just announced that he has made a special arrangement with the Powers Crossroads
Country Fair and Arts Festival for a free booth where Coweta authors can come to do book signings.  The booth will be open throughout the festival which lasts from Saturday Septemvber 1 through Monday September 3.
     Here is what Hickman says about this (in an email he sent to Forrest Schultz):    
"I have received the go ahead from Carol who runs the Powers
staff to put together a group of writers for a booth at the Powers
Crossroads Festival.  They will not charge the usual $250.00 for the space;
instead those who participate can make a donation based on how they feel
after the show is over.  I will be there all three days and I will be
hawking all three of my books. I think this is an ideal oportunity to get
some exposure for our local writers. Will you please get this information
to all the writers that you know. Give them my Email and I will
co-ordinate the booth entries with Carol. Like I said it's free and Powers
wants us to participate. John Hickman"
     Every Coweta author who is interested in being at this book signing booth should email Hickman at

Monday, August 04, 2008

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] "New Horizons" and "Second Coming" Performing at Grantville Depot on August 23

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 August 4, 2008
Southern Country Gospel Music at Grantville Depot on August 23
"New Horizons" and "Second Coming"  Will Be Performing
     During the past few years the word has gotten around that one of the best places to hear good quality Southern Country Gospel Music is at the monthly Sings held in the renovated Railroad Freight Depot in the City of Grantville, Georgia located at Exit 35 on Interstate 85.  The attendance for July was so high that it came close to filling all the seats.
     These Southern Country Gospel Music Sings are arranged by Roy Smith, who has just announced that the performers for August will be the New Horizons from Thomaston, GA and the Second Coming from Griffin, GA.  The Sing will be held on August 23 beginning at 7 PM.  The atmosphere is informal, similar to that of a picnic, and refreshments are available.  Information about the Second Coming is available on their website
     Additional information is available from Roy Smith at 770-251-5621 or by email at

[Coweta Arts Tidbits] Rebecca Wayne Named NCAA Artist of the Month

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 August 4, 2008

Rebecca Wayne Named NCAA "Artist of the Month" for August 2008

     The Newnan-Coweta Art Association (NCAA) has chosen Rebecca Wayne as the August 2008 Artist of the Month,, which means that her paintings will be displayed during this month in the Reception area of the City Hall Building in Newnan.  The City of Newnan's Public Information Officer Gina Lau Snider has just released the following information about this. 

Newnan City Hall Artist for August 2008



Rebecca Wayne is named Newnan-Coweta Art Association's Artist of the month. Her work will be displayed at Newnan City Hall. She has been a member of NCAA for three years.


Wayne works in various mediums; pencil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink. Most of her subject matter comes from what she sees around her. She enjoys trying new styles and materials.


Rebecca hails from Ohio. She has been drawing and painting since a child, and has taken a few adult continuing education classes in drawing, pottery, watercolor and computer graphics, but has mostly learned on her own through books and from trial and error.


Since moving to Georgia her art has been displayed in the SCAVA 2007 juried art show, Espresso Lane in Newnan and Dogwood Gallery in Tyrone. Rebecca currently works at Honey Baked Ham in Newnan. She has a B.S. in Earth Science Education from Miami University. She also has taken additional classes in civil engineering technology at Lakeland Community College, Ohio. 


Newnan Coweta Art Association meets the third Thursday of each month from September to May at the Harriet Alexander Art Center on Hospital Road at 7:00 p.m.  Visitors and guests are welcome to join in the fun.  An art demonstration is presented each month.




gina l. snider

Public Information Officer

O: 770.254.2358  x. 203

F: 770.254.2353

M: 770.294.1559

P.O. Box 1193 (30263 -1193)

25 LaGrange Street

Newnan, GA 30263


city website: