Category Archives: Arts

Two Glass Arts Events at The Bowen

The Bowen is pleased to announce the month-long exhibit GLASS ART from April 28 to May 25, 2018. This show features over 20 glass artists which include instructors and students from Dunwoody’s Spruill Center for the Arts and Dawsonville’s own glass studio, Pamela Mayer of Substantial Lion Glass.

Glass techniques include stained glass, blown glass, fused glass, mosaics and art sculptures. From delicate to durable or wall hangings to useable, these works of art bend light and color in all forms. Come stroll through the glass menagerie.

All Bowen exhibits are free and open to the public.


On May 11, 2018 at 7:00p.m., the Bowen is featuring an evening concert GLASS HARP with Brien Engel performing.

Brien Engel of Pine Lake, GA will create an intriguing and educational demonstration which combines glass and music and it’s origin and process. He also relates historical stories of the inventive process of musical instruments, including the physics and scientific background of sound. Prepare yourself for a unique and entertaining experience of musical ambiance.

Tickets for this performance are $10 and can be purchased online or at the Bowen.


The Bowen Center for the Arts is located at 334 Highway 9 North, Dawsonville, just North the historic square next to Lanier Tech.

Visit or call 706.216.ARTS(2787) for more information.

Give Wildlife A Chance Poster Contest Winners Announced

Twelve school children were announced today as statewide winners in the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.

2018 Give Wildlife A Chance Division 3 First Place

Nearly 1,400 kindergarten through fifth-grade students from 31 public schools, private schools and homeschool groups participated in the 28th annual conservation art competition, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the State Botanical Garden at the University of Georgia.

Statewide winners in the four grade divisions include:

Division 1: Kindergarten
First: Braylen Harrison, age 6, Funston Elementary, Funston
Second: Raimee Brown, 6, Pine Log Elementary, Rydal
Third: William Speir, 5, St. Joseph Catholic Parish School, Athens

Division 2: First-second grades
First: Suri Nguyen, age 7, first grade, Jackson Elementary School of the Arts, Jonesboro
Second: Logan Cordes, 7, first grade, South Effingham Elementary, Guyton
Third: Julie Smith, 8, second grade, Art by Gwen Studio, Vidalia

Division 3: Third-fourth grades
First: Amore Morgan, age 10, fourth grade, Jackson Elementary School of the Arts, Jonesboro
Second: Madelyn West, 8, third grade, Art by Gwen Studio, Vidalia
Third: Kady Dennis, 9, fourth grade, Mountain View Elementary, Ellijay

Division 4: Fifth grade
First: Deztiny Favors, age 10, Williams Elementary, Savannah
Second: Jenna Morgan, 10, Funston Elementary, Funston
Third: Rachel Wicker, 10, St. Joseph Catholic Parish School, Athens

Participants entered at the local school level with drawings and paintings of Georgia’s native plants and animals in line with the 2018 contest theme, “Nature at Night.” Drawings were judged on aspects such as theme, originality and the quality and impact of the artwork. Top school-level entries proceeded to the state contest at The State Botanical Garden at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Winning submissions are showcased on the DNR Wildlife Resources Division’s Flickr site, (in the “Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest” album).

The winning artwork will be on display in the Visitor Center & Conservatory at the State Botanical Garden in Athens from May 9-16, along with other state-level entries.

The State Botanical Garden is home to a stunning range of collections, displays and trails. The garden offers an array of educational programs for teachers, children and the public, including summer camps. The Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Species works to educate the public about the importance of using native plants in landscaping to attract native pollinators. Through the Connect to Protect program, the center provides native plants to schools, businesses and communities that want to help propagate native species.

Check the garden’s website ( or call (706) 542-1244 for hours and directions. This public garden is a gift to vis­i­tors and Georgia resi­dents; therefore, parking and admission are free.

The Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest is sponsored by the DNR Wildlife Resources Division, the State Botanical Garden at UGA and The Environmental Resources Network, or TERN, friends group of the Wildlife Resources Division’s Nongame Conservation Section. For more information, visit or call the Nongame Conservation Section, (706) 557-3226.

Georgians can support important conservation, recreation and education efforts as well as other programs for Georgia’s nongame wildlife by purchasing a bald eagle or hummingbird license plate or donating directly to the Nongame Conservation Section. This agency depends largely on fundraisers for its mission to conserve wildlife, native plants and natural habitats. Learn more at and



Rep. Tom Graves Announces Winners of 14th District Congressional Art Competition

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) announced the winners of the annual 14th District Congressional Art Competition last night at a reception at the Murray Arts Council in Chatsworth. Arianna Williams, who attends Pepperell High School, was awarded first place for her work “Esthe”.  Ms. Williams’ work will be displayed in the Cannon House Office Building tunnel to the U.S. Capitol for one year along with the first place artwork from each participating congressional district across the country.

L-R: Leigh Barnes, America Bermudez, Arianna Williams, Katelyn Oliver, Baneza Mejia, Brooke Landry and Rep. Graves

“Each year, I’m surprised and encouraged by the talented young people of Northwest Georgia, and this year is no different,” said Rep. Graves. “You can see by their work that these young artists are truly gifted. I thank each of them for participating in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. I also thank Lori McDaniel and the Murray Arts Council for facilitating the competition, and Dr. Maria Bradley and the Murray County Chamber of Commerce for hosting the reception and coordinating the People’s Choice Award.”