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Teachers and students across Georgia are invited to honor Georgia’s wildlife and students’ artistic interests by participating in the 25th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.

The goal of the competition is to generate a greater knowledge and appreciation of Georgia’s diverse and increasingly threatened nongame wildlife and their habitats. Nongame species (those not legally hunted or fished for) vary from rare animals and plants such as the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and the hooded pitcherplant to common species such as the northern cardinal and flowering dogwood.

This popular art contest is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and The Environmental Resources Network (TERN), friends group of DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section. To celebrate the silver anniversary, this year’s theme is “Georgia’s WILD Animals & Plants – A Natural Investment.”

The topic highlights the value of these natural resources as well as the currency required to keep wildlife populations thriving. Projects to conserve our state’s rare, endangered and other nongame wildlife, as well as native plants and natural habitats, are not funded by state tax dollars. Rather, the Nongame Conservation Section relies on grants and donations to manage the 95 percent of species in Georgia that are not hunted or fished for. Most contributions come from the sale and renewal of wildlife license plates, which were reduced in price to $25 last July, with a larger portion supporting nongame wildlife.

In light of this beneficial shift in funding, kindergarten through 5th-grade students in public schools, private schools and homeschool groups are asked to design their own Georgia wildlife license plates that feature nongame wildlife and native plants. Participants enter their drawings and paintings at the local school level. Top school-level entries then proceed to the state contest at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. First-, second- and third-place winners are chosen there for four divisions: kindergarten, first and second grade, third and fourth grade, and fifth grade. The deadline for schools to submit state-level entries is April 10, 2015.

The top 12 state-level winners’ artwork will be showcased on the DNR Wildlife Resources Division Flickr ( and Instagram websites (, as well as displayed at the State Botanical Garden in Athens from May 5 – May 12. The State Botanical Garden offers a fascinating variety of plants as well as opportunities to view wildlife in the fields and forests.  Admission is free, although donations are accepted. For directions, operating hours and a garden map, visit

As a special perk for supporting this contest in its 25th year, each state-level winner’s teacher and one parent will receive a free bald eagle license plate, courtesy of TERN! For details about contest rules, awards, entry forms, and other information, visit

The Nongame Conservation Section, part of Georgia DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division, is charged with conserving nongame wildlife, including native plants and natural habitats. Only a deep concern and commitment to these natural resources will ensure their existence for future generations. The section receives no state general funds, depending instead on fundraisers such as the sale of the eagle and hummingbird license plates and the Give Wildlife a Chance state income tax checkoff.

Learn more at, or call Nongame Conservation Section offices in Social Circle (770-761-3035), Forsyth (478-994-1438) or Brunswick (912-264-7218).

Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest

  • Theme: “Georgia’s WILD Animals & Plants – A Natural Investment”
  • Emphasis: Generate a greater knowledge and appreciation of Georgia’s diverse and increasingly threatened nongame wildlife and their habitats.
  • Teacher instructions: Have students design their own Georgia wildlife license plates that include nongame wildlife and/or native plants. Hold a school-level contest. First-place winners in each age division progress to the state-level contest.
  • Deadline for state-level contest entries: April 10, 2015.
  • Top 12 state-level winners’ artwork will be showcased on the Wildlife Resources Division Flickr and Instagram websites and displayed at the State Botanical Garden in Athens from May 5-12, 2015.
  • Details:


For the month of July, the Bowen Center for the Arts will host two masters of art, Jack Anthony and Susan L. Richardson.

Dahlonega resident, Jack Anthony will exhibit his wonderful talents as a masterful photographer. Jack is also a prolific publisher of four successful books, and his works have been published in numerous books and magazines throughout the world. His photographs are also displayed in many local restaurants and professional and civic buildings, some through Jack’s generous donations.

Also exhibiting is former Atlanta resident, Susan L. Richardson. She will be displaying her award-winning style with bold oil paintings of North Georgia locales and near her current residence in Apalachicola, Florida. Her paintings are also displayed in several galleries throughout Georgia and Florida. She has won many awards, including her recently acquired 2nd Place at the Sarasota’s Art Center’s “Florida Flavors” juried exhibit.  Her current exhibitions, including her own gallery in Apalachicola, Florida, are Wiregrass Gallery in Thomasville, Georgia and Sea Oats Gallery on St. George Island, Florida. She also exhibits throughout the year at several locations including the Atlanta Artists Gallery, Turner Center for the Arts in Valdosta, and the Florida State University Museum of Fine Art.

This marvelous exhibit runs July 8 through 26. The Bowen invites you to come meet this wonderful and lively duo at their reception Friday, July 11 at 5 pm. Then at 6 PM, enjoy Moonlight & Music with the Sounds of Sawnee Jazz Band from Cumming. Bring your own picnic basket and gather with friends to enjoy art, music and dancing. Admission to the music event is $5 with donations going to the band.

For more information visit or email Hours are Tuesday to Friday 10 AM to 4 PM, Saturday noon to 4 PM.

Bowen Center for the Arts

Oils by Susan Richardson334 Highway 9 North

Dawsonville, GA 30533


Artist Sam Granger Exhibit at Blue Ridge Cotton Company

Blue Ridge Cotton Company is proud to announce an upcoming art event at their store in downtown Blue Ridge. Sam Granger, a resident of Lula, Georgia, will be exhibiting and offering for sale his incredible and unique folk art on June 14, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M.

Sam Granger (known as SamG to collectors and friends) is a self taught artist residing in the northeast Georgia mountains. Working mainly with recycled materials, he creates paintings and assemblages based on his life, stories passed down through his family, and southern folklore. Mood determines his art and its subject matter. When asked to describe his art, his normal reply is, “I paint stuff that I feel like painting.” Sam’s work has been shown across the southeastern United States. He will also be part of an episode of the new television show, The Originals, this fall on the CW.

Blue Ridge Cotton Company opened in March 2014 in the Clocktower Building in downtown Blue Ridge. (544 East Main Street – Suite 2) They offer Blue Ridge themed apparel and gift items, American folk art, unique gift items, holiday décor, garden décor, and much more. The mission of Blue Ridge Cotton Company is to provide quality goods at affordable prices, while at the same time, being good stewards to the Blue Ridge community. Customer service is a priority at Blue Ridge Cotton Company.

Any questions about the event can be directed to:

Gary Steverson 561-542-028 or Joshua Durst 865-806-8549 or