The Newnan-Coweta Art Association (NCAA) has selected Alicia Rainwater as its featured “Artist of the Month” for January. Ms. Rainwater’s art will be featured in the entry way to Newnan City Hall (25 LaGrange Street) until January 31.  

Ms. Rainwater began seriously painting at fourteen years old.  Her mother, Gwen Gazaway, was a professional artist, and Alicia had a paint brush in her hand at a very early age. As a teenager and early adult, she studied oil painting under Atlanta renowned artist, Joe Segars.  While in college at Clayton State University, Alicia studied under Art Professor Tommy Doughtery. She later became interested in watercolor and acrylics and added to her studies. Today, she paints in watercolor, acrylic, mixed mediums and oils. 

Largely self-taught in watercolor and acrylics, she has continued her art education taking workshops throughout the years under world famous artists such as John C. Pelew, Rudy DeReyna, Franklin Jones, Houser Smith, Ani Kramer, and Alison Christie.  She has also studied from renowned Georgia artists Ralph Taylor, Clint Carter, and Betty Norton.

Ms. Rainwater and her husband, Ed, who is a wood craftsman, reside in Newnan where they are members of the Newnan-Coweta Art Association. Alicia has served as Secretary, Show Chairman, Exhibit Chairman, and Publicity Chairman. She once served as Exhibit Coordinator of the Artist of the Month Exhibit at City Hall in Newnan. Ms. Rainwater served on the Board from 2000-2002 and from 2021-2022  

She exhibited in the Annual Spring Courthouse Show in Newnan for over 20 years, the Aberdeen Artists in the Woods show in Peachtree City, the Newnan-Coweta Association’s Annual Christmas Art Show, Grantville Days Arts and Crafts Festival, the  Power’s Crossroads Arts and Crafts Festival, the Possum Hollow Country Fair in Dexter,  and the Fayetteville Courthouse Show  She also exhibited in the Moss Oak Plantation Country Crafts Festival and the Harvest Festival on the Marietta Square, Hogansville’s Hummingbird Festival, and Art in The Park at the Marietta Square.

Ms. Rainwater also illustrated a cookbook that was published and released in December 2001.

Alicia Rainwater is a current member of NCAA.  NCAA’s general meetings are held the third Monday of each month (from August through May) at the Harriet Alexander Art Center on Hospital Road at 7:00 p.m. An art demonstration is presented each month. Visitors and new members are always welcome.