November 25, 2020

Locals participate in Coweta Art Show

"See Through Elvis" Top 10 Award

“See Through Elvis” Top 10 Award

(Newnan, GA) — Three local artists currently have their works on display at the Coweta Centre for the Performing Arts in Newnan as part of the 8th annual Performing Juried Art Show.

The duo of R.L. Hughey, Jr. and Deborah McNeil were one of only five artists to have three works accepted for the yearly show and one of those works entitled “Elvis” was named as a Top Ten Award winner at the opening reception held last Tuesday evening at the Centre.

Also referred to as  “See Through Elvis,” the piece took a lot of time and energy as McNeil actually wrapped her model’s entire body (Hughey) in clear tape and cellophane in order to create the very unique piece. At the reception children flocked around transparent king which was accompanied by an old school desk and a pair of “blue suede shoes” in his honor.

Undoubtedly, the big eye catcher at the show was another piece by the team entitled “Heavy Metal.” Hughey and McNeil are known for their unique metalwork pieces and this piece really set the bar high as far as the “wow” factor.

The ten-foot tall, five-foot wide sculpture took about three months to complete and weighs in at an estimated 250 pounds.

The couple relied on skills learned through the local welding program on the Franklin campus of West Georgia Technical College in order to create the piece which is actually modeled after a bass fiddle. Patrons at the reception were surprised to find out the piece would actually play music thanks to some ingenious wiring of the piece.

The couple’s third piece entitled ‘Fish Out of Water’ was constructed mostly out of glass.

The work of another local artist was on display as well and the piece featured a real local flavor. Charlie Rennpage created a depiction of the Franklin First Baptist Church created out of glass which also features a semi-hidden bible verse “John 3:16” in the sky.

The Best in Show Award was presented to Joel Yawn for his sculpture called “Heart of the Lilly.”

All of the works will remain on display through June 24 at the Centre which is located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan. For more information you may call 770-254-ARTS or log onto

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Deborah McNeil and R.L. Hughey with "Heavy metal"

Deborah McNeil and R.L. Hughey with “Heavy metal”

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