Find out how these photographers fared at Bowen’s Juried Photography Exhibition

The Bowen Center for the Arts has officially announced the winners of “Still,” a juried photography exhibit that opened last week, according to a press release.

The photography exhibit features 168 photographic works by 56 photographers from across the state of Georgia. The entries were divided into two categories: landscapes or seascapes and people or animals.

Good Hope’s John Deas won first place in the landscape and seascape category of Bowen’s juried photography exhibition with his work “Fall Aspens”. (photo courtesy of the Bowen)

Entries were judged by renowned photographer David Akoubian of Jasper. Prizes in each category were $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and giveaway prizes for third place and honorable mentions.

In the landscape and seascape category, the first place winner was John Deas of Good Hope with his work “Fall Aspens”. Second place was “Tucked In” by Kathleen Gill of Jasper, and third place was “Feather Reflected” by Susanne Swing Thompson of Atlanta.

Honorable mentions went to John Seibel of Dawsonville with “No End in Sight”, Tom Reed of Dawsonville with his track “Foggy Morning”, Myrtie Cope of Marietta with “Tuscany at Dusk”, Bryan Garris of Dahlonega with “Biloxi Beach Fog and Atlanta’s Gail Mitchell with “Contemplation.”

In the people and animals category, the first place winner was Mike Ramy from Atlanta with his piece “Monkey and the Snake”. Second place was “Best Dressed Man” also by Mike Ramy, and third place was “A Dog’s Life” by Bill Martin of Jasper.

Honorable mentions went to Janice Edens of Jasper with “Sleeping Like a Baby”, Kelley Thames of Dunwoody with “Warming Dog”, Marla Puziss of Hapeville with “The Spinner’s Hands”, and Mike Ramy with “Paper Kite”.

According to the statement, Bowen officials were pleased with the attendance at the exhibition and the number of entries received by the exhibition.

“These works were extensive studies that show care and thought,” the statement said. “They reflect the person’s style and inner thoughts so much. Bowen would like to thank all these photographers for taking such care in our art center.

The “Still” photo exhibit will remain on display until July 23. The Bowen Center for the Arts is open to the public weekly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday.

Bowen card party

Dawson County’s Bowen Center for the Arts recently attracted 55 visitors to its 10th annual luncheon and card party on June 10. (photo courtesy of the Bowen)

In addition to opening the juried photo exhibit, Bowen also recently hosted its 10th annual luncheon and card party on June 10, which drew 55 guests, according to a separate statement.

“The Card Party group…had fun, ate delicious food and were grateful to greet old friends for the first time in over a year,” the statement read. “The overall response from revelers has been joyous, with new faces saying they’ll be back for more.”

According to the release, the luncheon and card party could not have been made possible without the support of Bowen’s board members: Diane Houser, Ann Braswell, Shirley Hawkins, Margaret Looney, Tina Sant, Linda Sherbert and Tracey Smith.

For more information about the Bowen Center for the Arts and its upcoming events and shows, visit or contact Executive Director Ginny Greenwood at [email protected] or (706)-216-2787.

Tracey L. Sweeney