Covington White Linen for Public Art, presented by the Covington Business Association (CBA), will celebrate its fourth year in downtown Covington on Saturday, August 18, from 6:00 to 9:00pm.
Covington White Linen for Public Art has quickly become one of the Northshore’s most popular and well-attended affairs, showcasing the Northshore’s vast array of artists, restaurants, shops, and more – all in the name of public art. More than 40 local businesses will donate a percentage of their pre-tax sales during the event to the Covington Public Art Fund, created in 2015.
This free event takes place throughout Covington’s Cultural Arts District, generally Boston Street from Lee Lane to Columbia, both of which will be closed to vehicle traffic, and surrounding streets. Pedestrians are invited to shop, stroll, eat and imbibe while enjoying a variety of local vendors, live music, art demonstrations and more. Local art galleries, shops, restaurants and bars will also be open for business, providing special attractions and beverages for patrons to enjoy, as well as live music after hours.
Like other "white linen" events in the region, patrons are encouraged to don their white summer attire that, for the fasion-conscious, ends with Labor Day.
You'll want to start your White Linen evening early, as two pre-fest events are taking place at 5pm.
A newly-installed statue of famed author and former Covington resident Walker Percy, created by local sculptor William Binnings, will be unveiled at 5:00 pm in Bogue Falaya Park, 213 Park Drive. A second line departs from Southern Hotel, 428 E. Boston St., at 4:50 pm.
A key sponsor of the community-driven cultural arts event, Southern Hotel will feature a special exhibition in its lobby called The Shape of Nature, a collaborative series by artists Cynthia Webb and Robert Labranche.
August 18 is also the closing day for the St. Tammany Art Association's annual Summer Show, this year marking 53 years of presenting contemporary art from around the United States in a juried exhibition. At 5:00 pm, the "Art House," located at 320 N. Columbia St., will host a special Artists' Talk with show juror Katie Pfohl, who will share insights about her selection process. Some of the exhibiting artists will also share their thoughts about their creative processes. Admission is free. Also, the newest exhibition of members' works will be on display, and for sale, in the facility's Severson and Williamson galleries.
Come out for an elegant close to the summer season with a shop, look and stroll. Parking is free and plentiful along surrounding streets and public parking oxlots.