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Bowen hosts reception for Georgia Clay Council
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Dawson County resident Philip Taylor peruses the art display during the Georgia Clay Council’s opening reception Feb. 3. - photo by Jessica Brown
The Bowen Center for the Arts is featuring the Georgia Clay Council Exhibit for the month of February. Approximately 15 clay artists from all over Georgia including the communities in Ball Ground, Ellijay, Calhoun, Jasper, Blue Ridge and Waleska have their pieces showcased at the Bowen. Many of the sculptures are also for sale. The Georgia Clay Council was founded in 2003 as a joint effort between a group of artists and the Cherokee Art Center in Canton. Over the past 15 years, the non-profit organization has grown to 43 members who share a common passion of working with clay. “We have everything from professionals who make their living with clay art to novices who just come in and enjoy getting their hands dirty and playing in the clay,” said Fred Ellis, president of the Georgia Clay Council. The Clay Council only exhibits two or three times a year, making the exhibit at the Bowen very special. Ellis said that this exhibit is one of the few times the public will get to view pieces by some of the council’s professional artists who typically only retail their work in high-end galleries.

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