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Artist of the Month

Each month a local artist is named as Artist of the Month, in which the City has collaborated with the Newnan-Coweta Art Association and local art galleries on this project.

The collaboration gives local artist the opportunity to display their work in City Hall and the chance for the City to support the arts.

The Newnan-Coweta Art Association (NCAA) meets the third Thursday of each month from September through May at the Harriet Alexander Art Center located at 31 Hospital Road, Newnan, GA at 7 p.m. The meetings are open to anyone wishing to further the arts in the Coweta and Fayette areas.

Artist of the Month
May 2019
 Debbie McNeil and RL Hughey, Jr.

RL Hughey, Jr. grew up in Franklin, Georgia. He graduated from GA Tech with a degree in Engineering and worked for Southwire Industries where he was the Head of Technology.

Debbie McNeil grew up in the Welcome community in Coweta County and attended West GA College, graduating with a BFA in Art with concentrations in Painting and Drawing and a BA in Art Education.

RL and Debbie attended West GA Tech for 2 years and both are certified welders.

They have been creating art together for about 10 years and have won Best of Show awards for "Armstrong," their welded steel horse sculpture made from the parts of 20 bicycles and "Ain't Life Grand," a life-size grand piano created with steel and found objects. "Where's My Hammer?" (a huge chair which features auto and trampoline parts and old tools), "What a Wonderful Whirl" (a kaleidoscope made from a hot water heater, a meat grinder, large drill bit, antique shoe lasts and fused glass panels), and "Flutterbies" (a welded steel bench in the shape of a butterfly hinge) have all won awards as have their mosaics.

Commissions include "Chattachoochee," a welded steel bench which sits on the River Walk overlooking the Chattachoochee River in Franklin, GA and stained glass windows (one of which is displayed at the Taste of Lemon Restaurant, LaGrange, GA).

Debbie and RL designed murals for the Heard County Community Center ("Welcome to Franklin" which showcases historic local landmarks) and the Chattachoochee River Walk ("The Storyteller," a 12' x 50' mural which depicts early Creek Indians).

In 2017, they were interviewed by JWH Productions, along with other local artists, for the film "Artists are Welcomed Here."

Twice, they were chosen from a field of several hundred artists to have their sculptures installed in Chattanooga, Tennessee. "Where's My Hammer?" was displayed on Main St. (2011-2013) and "Ain't Life Grand" was installed at the Bessie Smith Center from 2017-2019.

RL and Debbie enjoy making art and both agree that their families are their greatest creations - Debbie has three children and four grandchildren and RL has two children and three grandchildren.