Artist Newnan’s work used to raise funds for charitable causes

Photo courtesy of Martin Pate

Newnan High School Sunset

The work of Newnan artist Martin Pate is used to raise funds for various Newnan and Coweta organizations.

Pate’s artwork, “Newnan High Sunset,” is used by the Coweta County Ferst Foundation on note cards, and the proceeds will be used to benefit the school and the CCFF.

The CCFF is a non-profit organization that provides a free, age-appropriate book each month for Coweta students under the age of 5. About 2,000 children receive a free book each month from the organization, according to Janie Lore, CCFF board member.

“Newnan High Sunset” will also appear on ornaments sold by Newnan High School’s Interact Club, which is a school service organization through the Newnan Rotary Club.

Lilly Collins, president of the NHS Interact Club, said the ornaments money would be used to carry out service projects organized by the club.

The plans include buying Christmas gifts for children in need and donating food and pajamas to families in need, according to Collins.

Pate said he gave the board to the CCFF and the NHS Interact Club in response to damage from the March tornado.

“Years ago I did a high school painting that didn’t sell until the tornado hit and someone contacted me to buy it. So I knew there was would have an emotional interest in school, so I did this new painting, “he said.

Pate did the painting after the fence was erected around the school. He said he took a picture and recreated what he needed in his mind.

Although Pate did not date the NHS, his children did. He said the damage to the school was moving for him, his family and many people he knew in Newnan.

“It was very moving for me to see him. My daughter lives near the school and her house was damaged,” he said. “I remember what my high school looked like to me, as far as memories go, and I knew my kids would be the same with their school. When the news came out they would have to demolish most of the school. facade, which hit very close to my house. I knew a lot of people, including my kids, would be sad about it. ”

CCFF Correspondence Cards can be purchased at the Corner Arts Gallery and Lee King Pharmacy. For more information, contact Janie Lore at [email protected] For more information on the NHS Interact Club ornaments, visit

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