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The Bowen Center for the Arts AWARDS PRESENTATION FOR Smallest Little Art Show, Works Under $150

The Bowen Center for the Arts held their Smallest Little Art Show (Works under $150) Awards Reception November 16th. Over $300 in prizes were given after a panel of judges reviewed the 68 beautiful works of fine art, photography, ceramics, jewelry and glass art. This exhibit continues until December 14, 2018.The Gallery and Gift Shop are open Tuesday to Friday 10 to 4 and Saturday Noon to 4.

1st place Jennifer David of Dawsonville, acrylic and pen
1st place Jennifer David of Dawsonville, acrylic and pen

The Bowen judging panel awarded the following:

1st Place to Jennifer David of Dawsonville for her acrylic and pen Old London

2nd Place to David Ferguson of Canton for his photo Lids in Oil

3rd Place to Diana Forster, Canton for her clay piece Dogwood Urn

Old London and Lids in Oil photo by David Ferguson of Canton
Old London and Lids in Oil photo by David Ferguson of Canton

Honorable Mentions went to

Sarah Curtis, Cumming for her pen and ink Centering One’s Self

Judy Linn, Dahlonega for her woodcut Bellapheron, Pegasus & Chimera

John Quinn, Griffin for his photo Dragonfly and Lily

Tom Reed, Dawsonville for his photo Wisconsin Farm

Wanda Black Smith, Dahlonega for her oil Late Fall Leaves


Admission is free to The Bowen Center for the Arts located just North of Dawsonville’s Historic Square at 334 Highway 9 North



Images: first Place winner Jennifer David of Dawsonville’s Old London and second place winner David Ferguson of Canton’s photo Lids in Oil.


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Deal Honors Contributors in Arts and Humanities

Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal today announced the recipients of the seventh 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.

“Georgia is a state that values creativity and prizes artistic innovation,” said Deal. “Sandra and I have long been supporters of our state’s vibrant arts culture, humanities and expressions of creativity. Today, our state’s creative industries provide some 200,000 jobs for Georgians and generate $62.5 billion in economic impact. These critical sectors serve as catalysts for community revitalization and local economic development while also fueling tourism and spurring innovation. I congratulate the recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities and thank these individuals and organizations for their contributions to the cultural vitality and prosperity of our state.”

Ten 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 contributed to and supported the growth of Georgia’s thriving creative industries through community involvement, pioneering programs and long-term financial commitment.

The recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities are:

Athens Ciné, Athens

Friends of Historic Jekyll Island, Jekyll Island

Historic Oakland Foundation, Atlanta

Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, Atlanta

National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta

Pearl Cleage, Atlanta

James S. Crisp, Macon

Janice Faircloth, Thomasville

Azira G. Hill, Atlanta

Ellen Thompson, Dalton

Detailed information about the recipients is available at

About the 2018 award

The 2018 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities were handcrafted by Valdosta-based folk artist Amy Lansburg. Lansburg uses driftwood to create one-of-a-kind, mixed media artwork.

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

House Sends Music Modernization Act for President’s Signature

WASHINGTON—Today the House of Representatives voted unanimously to send H.R. 1551, the Music Modernization Act, to the president’s desk for his signature. The Music Modernization Act passed the House in April by a vote of 415-0, and a modified version passed the Senate last week unanimously.

“Creators opened my eyes to the inequities in American copyright law during my first year in Washington. Since then, I have been listening to and working with creators across the nation to make our laws work in the 21st century for the entire music ecosystem. The Music Modernization Act began with a commitment to fairness and found champions in both houses and across the aisle, particularly Sens. Hatch and Alexander and my friend Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. It has been an honor to work alongside songwriters, publishers, digital streamers, broadcasters, artists and fellow lawmakers to make the music licensing landscape fairer and freer for everyone who’s ever loved a song,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.).

“We could not have accomplished this without Sens. Hatch, Alexander, Coons and Whitehouse, as well as Reps. Jeffries, Nadler, Issa, Crowley, Rooney and Chairman Goodlatte, and I thank them each for their perseverance and faith in our work together. Additionally, I’d like to thank the Nashville Songwriters Association International, the Songwriters of North America, the National Music Publishers Association, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Broadcast Music, Inc., the Recording Industry Association of America, the Recording Academy, the Digital Media Association, the Internet Association, the National Association of Broadcasters and many more,” added Collins.

Collins introduced the original Music Modernization Act with Jeffries (D-N.Y.) in December 2017, while Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) led a bipartisan group in introducing its companion this January. At final passage, H.R. 1551 included the original Music Modernization Act, the CLASSICS Act, introduced by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), and the AMP Act, introduced by Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.).