Category Archives: Arts

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.).

The Bowen Center for the Arts Culinary Arts Exhibit Awards

The Bowen Center for the Arts held their Culinary Arts Awards Reception September 7th. Over $500 in prizes were given for both the fine arts and photography categories. These prizes included Gift certificates from B&H Photo Supply, Hobby Lobby, The Tomato House of Murrayville and of course, the new Bowen Gift Shop. This exhibit runs until September 21.

The Bowen judging panel awarded the following:

In the Fine Arts category:

First Place to Carol Sheder of Jasper for her still life oil Leeks & Tropical Bowl.
First Place to Carol Sheder of Jasper for her still life oil Leeks & Tropical Bowl.

First Place to Carol Sheder of Jasper for her still life oil Leeks & Tropical Bowl.

Second Place and Honorable Mention went to Rosie Coleman of Athens for her vivid oil still lifes Fruit and Cups and Turnip Trio.

Third Place and Honorable Mention went to Wanda Smith of Dahlonega for her beautiful chiaroscuro oil Pears Fresh from Tree and Pitcher & Pears.

Honorable Mention also went to Mary Bogle of Gainesville for her amusing More Carrots Please!

 In the Photography category:

First Place and Honorable Mention went to Kathleen Gill of Jasper for her beauty Four Part Harmony and Onion Study.
First Place and Honorable Mention went to Kathleen Gill of Jasper for her beauty Four Part Harmony and Onion Study.

First Place and Honorable Mention went to Kathleen Gill of Jasper for her beauty Four Part Harmony and Onion Study.

Second Place to Cynthina Todd of Gainesville for her delightful singing green onions Joyful Chorus.

Third Place to Tom Reed of Dawsonville for his unique double canvas Apples.

Honorable Mentions went to:

Marla Puziss of Hapeville for her adorable Boy with Watermelon

Bob Kelly of Canton his unique light study Winefest

Stephen Weiss of Atlanta for his luscious work on metal Berry Berry Nice.

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