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Bowen Center for the Arts features eco-friendly art pieces in July exhibit
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First place winner Allison Abraham-Kelly stands with her husband Pete Kirby and sons Cash and Dylan in front of her ram’s head art piece.

The Bowen Center for the Arts has announced the winners of its juried “ECO Art” show, which will be on display until the end of July. 

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ECO art judge Don Dougan stands beside the first place piece of art (left), the second place piece (upper right) and the best in show (lower right) - photo by submitted

Ginny Greenwood, director of the Bowen, said that the juried art show attracted dozens of entries, each of which used recycled materials to make pieces of art. 

“We received 45 works of post-consumer art which are now on display at the Bowen,” Greenwood said. “They were judged by Don Dougan, who’s an artist and art professor, and he had a lot of great comments about the pieces.” 

The show was put on in honor of Sara Lindkrantz, an artist from Jasper who loved to use recycled materials in the creation of her artwork. She entered many shows at the Bowen throughout her time of making art.

Best in Show winner of the ECO art show was Veronique Ivanovic from Atlanta, who made a portrait on scrap wood. She recycled glasses and electrical cord as materials in order to make her piece.  

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Dawsonville resident Margaret Looney, who won an honorable mention in the Bowen’s ECO art show with her entry, stands with her purses made of recycled plastic grocery bags.

The first-place winner was Dawsonville resident Allison Abraham-Kelly, who used a piece of pine with the original saw marks to create a portrait of a ram. The second-place winner was Connie Gerdtz from Cumming, 

Honorable mention winner was Dawsonville resident Margaret Looney, who recycled grocery bags to make purses. According to Greenwood, judge Dougan especially appreciated Margaret’s use of the recycled plastic bags in her art.

“He stated that her three handbags constructed from reused plastic bags are exquisitely fashioned and stand as a testament to craft,” Greenwood said. “His favorite is the red and white patterned.” 

The winner’s pieces, along with all of the other entries in the show, will be on display at the Bowen until July 31. For more information about the exhibit, visit https://www.bowenarts.org/events/eco-art-competition/.