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North Georgia Juried Show at The Bowen

The Bowen Center for the Arts hosted their Awards Reception for their North Georgia Juried Show November 10th. This exhibit features over 80 works by 45 regional artists and photographers from all over Georgia, with almost all works for sale.

This year’s Jury panel consisted of artist members of the Bowen Board – Jeanne Tompkins, Fred Pember, Vin Filosi, Dub Anderson, Kathy Pate and Shirley Hawkins.

In the Arts awards category, Best of Show went to Ken Selzer of Clarkesville, Merit Award to Fred Dorr of Big Canoe and Honorable Award to Barbara Edwards of Jasper. Honorable Mentions went to Sara Lindkrantz of Big Canoe, Irene Klangos of Suches, Karen Sturm of Jefferson, Brenda Esposito of Suches and Ken Selzer of Clarkesville.

For Photography awards, Best of Show went to David Ferguson of Canton, Merit Award to Jack Anthony of Dahlonega, and Honorable Award to Karen Cannon of Auburn. Honorable Mentions went to Tom Reed of Dawsonville, Jo West of Dawsonville, David Goodspeed of Blue Ridge, Tom Chapman of Lawrenceville and Louisa Finley of Loganville.

The Bowen wishes to thank these participating artists who contributed their time and talent to produce such fine artwork. The Bowen also wishes to thank the army of Bowen Judges who viewed this enormous show, and to thank all those incredible volunteers who made it work.

This beautiful exhibit of talent continues through Friday, December 15, 2017.

The Bowen Center for the Arts is located just North of Dawsonville’s Historic Square at 334 Highway 9 North. Admission is free.  Hours are Tuesday to Friday 10 to 4, Saturday Noon to 4.

This is a FREE event and exhibit and runs until December 15th.

Deal Recognizes Contributors To Arts and Humanities

Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal today announced the recipients of the sixth annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. The awards were presented in partnership with the Georgia Council for the Arts and Georgia Humanities.

 “The First Lady and I are longtime supporters of the arts, humanities and expressions of creativity,” said Deal. “These awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to Georgia’s economic, civic and cultural vitality. Our state’s creative industries provide some 200,000 jobs for Georgians and generate $62.5 billion in economic impact. I congratulate the individuals and institutions being honored today and am grateful for their contributions to communities throughout Georgia.”

Twelve members of Georgia’s arts and humanities communities were selected following nominations from around the state. The recipients represent a diverse group of individuals and organizations that have supported the growth of Georgia’s creative industry through community involvement, pioneering programs and long-term financial commitment.

The recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities are:

Karen Berman, Milledgeville

Valerie Boyd, Athens

William Eiland, Athens

Gilmer Arts and Heritage Association, Elijay

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Art Program, Atlanta

Virginia Hepner, Atlanta

Kenny Leon, Atlanta

The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta

Dr. Pearl McHaney, Decatur

National Infantry Museum Foundation, Columbus

Janisse Ray, Reidsville

Lois Reitzes, Atlanta

Detailed information about the recipients is available at


About the 2017 Award

The 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities were handcrafted by 12 Georgia potters and acquired through Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation. Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational is the longest running all-pottery event in the state. Each year the award-winning event showcases the works of 50 respected Georgia potters and is the largest show of its kind in the south, featuring approximately 7,500 pieces of contemporary, functional and decorative pottery for sale.

About the Award Partners

The Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development that works to cultivate the growth of vibrant, thriving Georgia communities through the arts. GCA provides grant funding and statewide programs and services that support the vital arts industry, preserve the state’s cultural heritage, increase tourism and nurture strong communities. Funding for GCA is provided by appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit


Georgia Humanities promotes and preserves the stories and cultural legacies of the state’s people — from the past to the present and into the future — to enrich their lives and strengthen their communities. An informed and educated Georgia understands historical and cultural trends, respects the life of the mind, utilizes critical thinking in decision-making, and promotes mutual respect and civility. Funding for Georgia Humanities is provided by the Georgia General Assembly, the National Endowment for the Humanities, foundations, donors and partners. For more information, visit

The Bowen Center for the Arts 15th Annual Juried Photo Show ‘LIGHT ON SUBJECT’

The Bowen Center for the Arts will be hosting an Awards Reception for their 15th Annual Juried Photography Show Saturday, September 2nd from 1:00-3:00pm. On exhibit are some of the finest works produced by 36 regional artists (including 8 first timers to a juried event) from all over Georgia. Almost all works presented in this show are for sale.

Photo Judge is Travis Rhoads of Alpharetta
by Travis Rhoads of Alpharetta

This year’s Photo Judge is Travis Rhoads of Alpharetta. Travis’ artistic background began in high school with awards for fine art drawings and paintings. He received his Masters Degree from The Savannah College of Art & Design where he studied architecture and which also lead him to his passion for photography. He is currently Vice President of the Roswell Photographic Society. He has won several awards including First Prize in Bowen’s 2016 Annual Photo Show.

He will be awarding a First Prize of $500, Second $300 and Third $150. He also added Four Honorable Mention awards due to the high quality of works presented.

Participants this year include artists from:

Auburn: Karen Cannon

Blairsville: Deborah Larsen

Blue Ridge: David Goodspeed

Buford: Marilyn Padzinski

Canton David Ferguson, Bob Kelley

Cartersville: Linda Henderson

Cumming: Susan Branham

Dahlonega: Jack Anthony, J.B. Fox, Robbie Peerson

Dawsonville: Donna Ayers, Tom Reed, Susan Bush, Michelle Wittmer Grabowski, Tara Hardwick, Shirley Hawkins, Linda Henderson, Jimmy Hill, Tom Reed, Donna Waters.

Ellijay: Nadine Yawn

Flowery Branch: Reed T. Miller

Gainesville: Jill Haack, Travis Massey, Cynthia Todd

Jasper:Jeanette Buffalo, Kat Alikhan, Janice Edens, Kathleen Gill, Mark Green, Sandra Plevin, Bill Rigby

Kennesaw: Yolanda Santiago White

Powder Springs: Barbara Bowen

The Bowen always appreciates these photographic artists who contributed their time and talent in artwork. Also thank you to Travis Rhoads for his hard work and critical eye that brought us this fantastic display. Don’t miss this Exhibit which continues through September 29th.

The Bowen Center for the Arts is located just North of Dawsonville’s Historic Square at 334 Highway 9 North. Admission is free. Hours are Tuesday to Friday 10 to 4, Saturday Noon to 4.

For more information contact Ginny Greenwood at 706.216.ARTS(2787) or Email: director@BowenArts. org or visit our website at