An evening of art by the Yel­low River

Ex­hibits, dance high­lights of Satur­day’s event

The Covington News - - Newton @ Play - By Michelle Kim

It’s time to get out those pic­nic bas­kets and brush up those dance moves as the Arts As­so­ci­a­tion in New­ton County holds “An Evening of Art on the River” from 6 p. m. to 10 p. m. Satur­day.

Held at the Por­terdale Mill Lofts, the as­so­ci­a­tion is bring­ing vis­ual arts, scrump­tious eats and swing­ing mu­sic to town with this event.

Al­though a sim­i­lar event was held last year on the square, this year prom­ises to be big­ger and bet­ter, said Ar­line Chap­man, a mem­ber of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee and mem­ber of the South­ern Heart­land Art Gallery.

“ This has more di­men­sion to it this year,” said Chap­man. “ I think they re­ally worked hard to bring unique and won­der­ful events to the com­mu­nity.”

“ Por­terdale greatly ap­pre­ci­ates the fact they’ve cho­sen us to host this event,” said Chap­man, a mem­ber of the Por­terdale city coun­cil. “ It re­ally gives us an op­por­tu­nity to show­case what’s go­ing on in our down­town area.”

Tick­ets cost $ 25 and at­ten­dees will be able to ex­plore five lofts in an open house from 6 p. m. to 7 p. m.

Works of art from the South­ern Heart­land Art Gallery, Chance’s Gallery and Mon­ti­cello artist Aaron He­quen­borg will be on dis­play in the loft space and on the pa­tio.

Party band “ Grapevine,” out of Ma­con, will pro­vide mu­sic from 7: 30 p. m. to 10 p. m.

At­ten­dees are en­cour­aged to pic­nic and spread out by the river with food. Snack bas­kets, con­tain­ing good­ies from Graf­fiti Zoo Choco­lates, roasted nuts, cook­ies and sparkling wine or Bel­gian malts are avail­able for pur­chase from Blooms and Corkpop­pers for $ 55. Or­ders must be placed by April 30.

Chap­man pointed out Jimbo’s also makes take- out food as does Latte- Da, and Baby­cakes is a great place for dessert.

The evening event, spon­sored by Capes Prop­er­ties, Ed­ward Jones- Stu­art Hamil­ton, Por­terdale Mill Lofts and the Vir­gil War­ren Foun­da­tion, prom­ises to be a re­lax­ing, fun- filled time.

“ I think it’s go­ing to be a won­der­ful event,” said Chap­man, “ I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.”

For tick­ets or in­for­ma­tion, call the Arts As­so­ci­a­tion at ( 770) 786- 8188 or visit the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s Web site at www. new­ton­count­yarts. org.

To pur­chase snack bas­kets, call Blooms at ( 770) 788- 2887 or Corkpop­pers at ( 678) 658- 9192.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Pe­ruse the new Por­terdale: Lofts in 2007.

A view from the rocky shoals of the Yel­low River re­veals the newly ren­o­vated Por­terdale Mill

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