Downtown Covington's Legacy of Art & Artists

To say that downtown Covington supports the arts is an understatement. 

Downtown Covington business owners are artists themselves in many ways, both in the traditional ways of thinking about art, and in more outside-the-box creative techniques of showcasing art as well. Here are the stories of the central business district merchant/artists who demonstrate skills central to the creation and  appreciation of art. 

In the middle of it all stands the landmark St. Tammany Art Association building, originally a toy store 100 years ago, now a resource providing outstanding classes, gallery exhibitions, and a mission of promoting the arts throughout the community. It was damaged in Hurricane Ida and classes are now being taught a block over on New Hampshire St. 

Below is a sampling of art galleries.  

Abby Sembera Art Studio and Gallery,  434 N Columbia Street
Saladino Gallery, 409 E Boston St
Brunner Gallery, 215 N. Columbia St.
The Rutland Street Gallery, 828 E Rutland St
Gallery 421, 421 N Columbia St
Tripolo Gallery, 323 N. Columbia St
Marianne Angeli Rodriguez Studio Gallery, 430 Gibson St
Savoye Originals, 1601 N Collins Blvd
BB's Eclectic Creations, 203 N New Hampshire St
Covington Art & Frame, 529 N Florida St 


Abby Sembera and her latest work 

The list of artistic businesses is also quite impressive.

Several incredible restaurants showcase the culinary arts across downtown Covington, in every setting from elegant evening eating to the daily lunch cafe encounter. The unique Louisiana style of delicious menu favorites is well represented, but there is an array of unique dining experiences available that cater to all tastes.


The Southern Hotel corner

There are clothing stores that range from avant-garde fashion to vintage collectibles you can wear, apparel for the young and the young-at-heart. The downtown Covington offerings include general merchandise and sporting goods stores, as well as shops for the discriminating cigar-smoking aficionado and artists who need supplies, easels, and frames for their finished products.

Since Covington is a courthouse town, there are a number of attorney offices scattered about, but even the attorneys show off their artistic skills, with one attorney the recipient of many national awards for his essays, poems, and humorous cartoon books on the legal profession itself. Google the "Bard of Boston Street" to see what we mean. 


The Tammany Trace Bike Trail runs through the middle of downtown Covington.

One place of business specializes in the beauty of glass, for pieces of art as well as large corporate architectural installations.

And speaking of art, there's a galaxy of galleries, from exhibit galleries that offer works by a wide variety of artists in a wide variety of media, to individual galleries that spotlight the creations of individual artists, many of whom are nationally-known. Art schools are also a favorite, and visitors often seek out places where the famed writer Walker Percy used to hang out. 

Photographers are among the artists with their own galleries and studios. You can often see them taking clients for a downtown walk-around for pictures and posing in front of the classic old town storefronts.

For visitors who can't see it all in just one day, award-winning boutique hotel suites and several nearby bed & breakfast accommodations are available.

As time goes on, we will be adding to this website the stories of downtown Covington merchant artists, how they discovered their niche in the art of business (and the business of art), how they laser-focused their creativity, and most of all, how they packaged and promoted their art through successful merchandising. 

So sit back, take out a map (or a smart phone GPS app) and chart your course to downtown Covington, Louisiana. 

It's the place to be to be the artist you are.

showing where Covington downtown can be found.


Antiques and Uniques Festival
Walker Percy 
The Southern Hotel
Three Rivers Art Festival Flows Into Covington 
The Columbia Street Landing Archways  
Movies Filmed In Downtown Covington 
Fall For Art
Covington Art Market

More information about Covington area artists:

John Akers - The Wildlife Environment Artist 

Artist Ann Gauthier 

Florence "Winky" Chesnutt 

Artist Claire Rohrbough  

The Stained Glass Windows of Carol Lapari  

John Hodge, Pottery Artist Extraordinaire 

Hasslock Re-creates New Orleans Street Name Tiles 

Mrs. Miriam Barranger, Artist  

Lyn Hill, Artist Teaching Art

Artistry in Woodworking 

Covington Artist Famed for Stage Scenery

 
Covington's favorite poster artist Suzanne King,
showing off her 2016 St. Tammany Parish Fair Poster. Her 2019 fair poster won first place statewide at the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals annual meeting. 

For more information about Suzanne, CLICK HERE.

 

Belinda Miley of Covington is well-known for her creativity and design excellence. Now Living in Houston, Texas, Belinda began by designing custom items for special events of friends and family, and has risen in the industry as a national licensed designer. From Frames to shadowboxed crosses, wedding items, wall decor and other decor or celebration products, every Belinda Miley design sparkles with an inspirational touch. Many of her items can be seen at Once In A While Gift Shop in the old Alexius Brothers Hardware store building on Lockwood Street. 


Restaurant Opens Next To Star Theater

  The Tavi Restaurant in the 300 block of North New Hampshire St. in Covington is open. It is located between the Star Theater and the old courthouse. An attorney's office and barber shop used to occupy the building, but it was recently extensively renovated. 

According to their website: "Tavi is an Israeli restaurant serving made-to-order pita from a wood-fired oven, elaborately finished hummus plates, and small and large plates drawing from the same modern Israeli inspiration as its sister restaurant, Shaya. The name Tavi is inspired by the Hebrew word meaning “good or beloved” and that’s what Tavi aims to deliver to the Covington community. Executive Chef Fariz Choumali leads the kitchen and brings his Lebanese Roots to life through staples from the Shaya menu plus new dishes. The menu will highlight an array of small plates, hummus, sandwiches, and slow-roasted meats."

Here are some photographs and the menu. 

Click on the images to make them larger. 








Covington Beer Garden

 While downtown Covington has never experienced a shortage of places to buy and drink beer (liquor stores and bars were plentiful), there is a new kid in town, the Covington Beer Garden. It's a large, well-lit building with hightop tables facing a row of big windows, surrounded by landscaped grounds dotted with picnic tables. 

And it's located on New Hampshire Street, in the location where Burns Furniture Store used to be for many years, and that's right across from the always active Covington Trailhead stage and covered pavilions.

Here are some pictures of its construction. 


The original occupant of the corner was Burns Furniture



The slab


The walls are framed up



The roof is up and the walls and windows closed up





The roof is shingled and the wall siding is installed


The paint is applied




Landscaping begins








The final few finishing touches


The serving window


The bar



The soft opening brings in a crowd


It opened on September 30, 2022, the same day as the special Halloween themed block party and car show one block away on Columbia Street




Night time is the right time







Three Rivers Art Festival - 2022

  The 26th annual Three Rivers Art Festival straddled Columbia Street in Covington the weekend of Nov. 12 & 13, bringing outstanding artists in a wide variety of media to the area for one of the South's finest juried art shows and sales. 

Chilly breezes had festival attendees digging out the sweaters and jackets to enjoy the outdoor event. 

Here are some photographs of this year's event and its offerings. Click on the images to make them larger. 










Traditional balloon archway




Music




Food concessions























The Children's Area
















See also:

Three Rivers Art Festival - 2016

Three Rivers Art Festival Flows Into Covington

Festival Facebook Page


Three Rivers Art Festival This Weekend