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Find out how these photographers fared at Bowen’s juried photography exhibition
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Atlanta man Mike Ramy recently won first place in the people and animals category at the Bowen’s juried photography exhibition with his piece “Monkey and the Snake.” (photo courtesy of the Bowen)

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

The photography exhibition features 168 photographic works by 56 photographers from all over the state of Georgia. Entries were divided into two categories: landscapes or seascapes and people or animals. 

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

Entries were judged by renowned photographer David Akoubian from Jasper. Prize awards in each category were $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and gift prizes for third place and honorable mentions. 

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

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

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

According to the release, Bowen officials were pleased with the turnout for the exhibit and the number of entries the exhibit received. 

“These works were profound studies that show care and thought,” the release said. “They are so reflective of the person’s style and inner thoughts. Bowen would like to thank all these photographers for bringing such care to our art center.” 

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

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The Bowen Center for the Arts in Dawson County recently drew 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 had a turnout of 55 guests, according to a separate release.

“The card party group… had fun, ate yummy food and were grateful to greet old friends for the first time in over a year,” the release said. “The overall response by party-goers was joyous, with new faces saying they’ll be back for more.” 

According to the release, the luncheon and card party event couldn’t 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 on Bowen Center for the Arts and its upcoming events and shows, visit or contact Executive Director Ginny Greenwood at or (706)-216-2787.