The Bowen Center for the Arts is holding its Round Up Western Art & Literary Show.
The show will continue through April 21.
Winners were decided by art jurist Anita Elder of Dahlonega and literary jurist Melody Scott of Dawsonville and announced at the "Bowen Ranch" on March 10 during a Hoedown reception.
The event opened Friday night to a packed house with families, food and fun. Western musical favorites wafted through the air as artist and pianist Johnnie Bennett played from memory.
The "Sheriff" and "Posse" handed out $1,500 in rewards for the best artists and the best writers.
Scott chose the following awards to best writers:
• Honorable Mention went to "Cowardice" by Rosemary Segreti
• Third place and $50 went to T.C. Carter of Four Oaks, NC for his poem "Born to the Leather."
• Second place and $100 went to James Henderson of Gainesville for his short story "Homemade Ice Cream."
• First place and $150 went to Kimberly Boim of Dawsonville for her short story "A Ring of Yellow Light."
Elder chose the following awards for best artwork:
• Honorable Mentions went to Henry Patton from Ball Ground, Oscar Rayneri from Dahlonega, Carol Moore Demme from Blairsville, Kaye Money from Cumming and Fay Bohlayer from Dawsonville.
• Third place and $150 went to Allen Money of Cumming for his wood bowl "Requiem."
• Second place and $300 went to Peggy Cozart of Dahlonega for her photograph "188."
• First place and $600 went to Rosie Coleman of Athens for her watercolor "A Cowboy and his Cigar."
The event includes 34 artists and seven writers who submitted their entries with a Western, Southwest, pioneer, farm or ranch theme.
Also on display are collections, historical artifacts and photo opportunities in the old timey jail or on a buckin' bronc.
The "Bowen Ranch" (Bowen Center for the Arts) is located just north of the historic square in Dawsonville at 334 Highway 9 N. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
All exhibits and receptions are free and open to the public.
For more information contact Ginny Greenwood at (706) 216-ARTS(2787) or email director@BowenArts.org or visit www.BowenArts.org.