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Bowen Center for the Arts opens August “Reflections II” exhibit
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The Bowen Center for the Arts on Highway 9 in Dawson County. - photo by Erica Jones

The Bowen Center for the Arts is hosting the first Virginia Avery Memorial “Reflections II” Juried Art Exhibition through Aug. 21, 2020. 

The exhibition, which was brought to the Bowen by the Atlanta branch of the National League of American Pen Women, features 106 works including 3D, 2D and photographic work by Georgia women artists, according to a release by the Bowen. 

The exhibition is in honor of Virginia Avery, who served as a branch, state and national president for the League of American Pen Women. Upon her death in 2006, Avery gave a large gift to the Atlanta branch to fund juried art shows, according to the release. 

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“This gift was earmarked for juried art shows, beginning with the Reflections exhibit in 2008,” the release said. “Since that date, there have been additional distributions which allow them to continue with juried shows for many years to come.” 

Prize awards are $500 for Best in Show, as well as awards in each of the 2D, photography and 3D art categories. The first-place award in each category is $500, second place is $300 and third place is $200. 

The entries were judged by Amanda Shelnutt from Cumming, Ga. According to the release, Shelnutt has her own business consulting for art nonprofits and other groups and has worked as the art center liaison for the show in the past. 

“The work was so very well done this year,” Shelnutt said in the release. “It was an honor to be asked to judge. It was fun being able to make the selections.” 

Best in Show winter was Debra Yaun with her colored pencil “Summer Immersion”. First place in 3D art was Sheryl Holstein with her “Golden Ammonite Lidded Jar” pottery, first place in photography was Susan Perry with “Eye 2 Eye”, and first place in art was Deborah Tidwell with her oil “Tea Party”. 

The show features an online announcement of all the winners through the Bowen eBlast and Facebook page, according to the release. Show entries will be on display now through Aug. 21 at the Bowen.

“You can safely view this wonderful and huge display at the Bowen Center for the Arts,” the release said. “The Bowen is wide open and safe for viewing.” 

For more information on the show or on the Bowen, visit or call (706) 216-2787.