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Bowen Center for the Arts opens new juried photography exhibit

This month, the Bowen Center for the Arts opened a new juried photography exhibit, featuring dozens of photographic works that will be on display at the center through August 26.

The first winner of Bowen’s new photography exhibit was “Highway 89: Montana” by Tom Reed of Dawsonville. (photo by Tom Reed)

According to a Bowen press release, the new exhibit is themed “Not All Who Wander Are Lost,” named after a quote by JRR Tolkien.

“These works are in-depth studies of the theme that show care and thoughtfulness,” the statement read. “The Bowen always appreciates these juried events and would like to thank all of these photographers for bringing such wonderful and inspiring works to our art center.”

37 photographers from three states and 20 cities submitted 127 works to the show, and show judge Mike Ramy of Atlanta chose 70 of the submitted works for the exhibition. At the opening awards reception on July 16, winners were chosen to receive prizes from the Bowen.

The show’s first $500 winner was Tom Reed of Dawsonville for his artwork “Highway 89: Montana.” Second prize of $250 went to Kathleen Gill of Jasper, GA for her work “Dragging Feet; Jasper, GA”, and third prize of $150 went to Michael Amos of Cumming, GA for his work “Sunrise Stroll; Corolla, North Carolina”.

Several honorable mentions were also chosen:

  • Nikki Root Dillon from Lilburn, GA with “Morning on the Marsh, Sapelo II, Sapelo Island, GA”

  • Morey Gers from Savannah, GA with “Ossabaw Main Road, Ossabaw Island, GA”

  • Jack Anthony from Gainesville, Ga with “Beach Walking, Oregon Coast”

  • Jim Morganthaler from Athens, Ga with “Greek Widow, Greece” and “UGA Track, Athens, GA”

The 30 attendees represented at the show include:


The second winner of the Bowen’s new photography exhibit was “Dragging Feet; Jasper, Georgia” by Kathleen Gill of Jasper. (photo by Kathleen Gill)

  • Alpharetta, Ga: Lauren Mallery

  • Athens, Georgia: Jim Morganthaler

  • Atlanta, Georgia: Reis Birdwhistell, Gail Mitchell, Susanne Swing Thompson, Stephen Weiss

  • Blairsville, Georgia: Deborah Larsen

  • Blue Ridge, Georgia: David Goodspeed

  • Canton, Georgia: John Quinn

  • Cumming, Ga: Michael Amos, Bert Grant, Brenda Sams

  • Dahlonega, Georgia: Joe Bruscia, Linda Davis, Paul Schiemer

  • Dallas, Georgia: Joshua Cook

  • Dawsonville, Georgia: Elizabeth Ann Dalton, Michelle Wittmer Grabowski, Shirley Hawkins, Fred Pember, Tom Reed

  • Duluth, Minnesota: Karl Everett

  • Edmond, OK: Paul Johnson

  • Flowering branch, Ga: Dan Rhoads

  • Forsyth, Georgia: Jay Sanders

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    The third place winner of Bowen’s new juried photography exhibition was “Sunrise Stroll; Corolla, North Carolina” by Michael Amos of Cumming. (photo by Michael Amos)

  • Gainesville, GA: Jack Anthony, Stephanie Donaldson, Cynthia Todd, Lloyd Unnold

  • Hapeville, Georgia: Marla Puziss

  • Jasper, Georgia: Kat Alikhan, Gidge Dady, Janice Edens, Kathleen Gill

  • Lilburn, GA: Mikki Root Dillon

  • Marietta, Georgia: Myrtie Cope

  • Savannah, Georgia: Morey Gers

The photo collection will be on display from now until August 26. The Bowen is located at 334 Route 9 North and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Free entry.

For more information, visit, call the Bowen at 706-216-2787, or email Executive Director Ginny Greenwood at [email protected]