Local artists featured in Old Courthouse banner exhibit

Local artist and Fayetteville Main Street member Vicki Turner stands beside her contribution to the new Old Courthouse local artist banner exhibit, which will be displayed around the courthouse lawn until January. See all the banners on Page 2. (Photo by Danny Harrison)

Local artist and Fayetteville Main Street member Vicki Turner stands beside her contribution to the new Old Courthouse local artist banner exhibit, which will be displayed around the courthouse lawn until January. See all the banners on Page 2.
(Photo by Danny Harrison)

Fayetteville Main Street earlier this month launched its latest downtown beautification project when it installed eight pairs of local artist banners surrounding the Old Courthouse.

The artwork of eight Fayette County artists was chosen for the six-month exhibit, and Main Street member Vicki Turner, who came up with the idea for the banner project, says eight more artists will be chosen for the replacement exhibit that will debut in January.

The banner pairs, which are fixed to the eight light poles around the courthouse lawn, each depict one single painting.

“We took the painting and split it down the middle,” Turner said.

The banners, which are printed front and back, feature the Fayetteville Main Street logo and the names of the artists, which this time include Turner, Christina Dill, Gina Byrom, Julia Ruby, Kathaleen Brewer, Olga Mosina, Steven Stinchcomb, and Susanna Howle.

“I’m really excited about the project,” Turner said. “I’m very excited to see it here. We’ve been trying for a while to get it off the ground.”

Turner said Fayetteville Main Street has received good feedback thus far on the banners.

“We’re trying it. We’re going to see how it works,” Turner said. “I’d like to see us continue doing this.

“It would be nice when artists from other communities come here, they can see what our artists can do,” she said.

Turner said Fayetteville Main Street will archive this first set of banners once the second set is installed in January, and the current ones might show up again at another time and in another place.

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Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.


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