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Photo exhibit opens Sept. 8 at Sexton Hall
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

* What: “Through the Lens” fine art photography exhibit

* When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 and 15; noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 9 and 16; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10-14

* Where: Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, 2115 Chloe Road

* Cost: Free

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The Appalachians will be visible in southern Forsyth County starting Sept. 8.

Members of the Sawnee Artists Association will present the third annual “Through the Lens” showing and contest of fine art photography Sept. 8-16.

While the first two shows also focused on the Southern Appalachians, this year’s theme is a little different, said organizer Janet Winter.

“You’re going to see a lot of different things that you haven’t seen before,” she said. “There are a lot more shots of people and some animals and some event-type things, so they’ll be a lot different things than what we’ve had before.”

Also different this year are the show’s duration and venue, which Winter said has moved to the Sexton Hall Enrichment Center in south Forsyth.

Previously the show was held for one weekend.

“We have two weekends and the weekend in between, so it’s actually 10 days this year,” Winter said. “It’s too much trouble really to put the show up and take it down in just one weekend, so we’ve always wanted to make it longer.

“It was just difficult finding a place, but at Sexton Hall they’ve just been wonderful to work with.”

Winter said the show, which is free and open to the public, will feature 76 photos taken by north Georgia residents.

“The majority are from Cumming, but we also have some from Gainesville, Dawsonville, Alpharetta, Roswell and Atlanta,” she said. “We’ve found a lot of new photographers, so that’s exciting. The quality is definitely there.”

The photos were selected from a pool of more than 120 submissions, and several awards will be presented. Among them: best in show; a people’s choice award; and a best young artist award to a photographer 18 or younger.

“And we have a special award that Cool Bees Artwork and Gifts is presenting, that will be $200,” Winter said. “So we have a lot more prize money this year.”

The photos will be judged by Michael Schwarz, who also selected the pieces for display. Winter said he is a well-known Atlanta photographer.

“He does mainly commercial photography, and he was named one of the 10 best young photographers in the country by Life Magazine,” Winter said.

She’s hoping the extended time of the show will draw many visitors.

“I think guests can expect just a real different view from what we’ve had before because this year, as they walk through the exhibit, they really will feel like they’re experiencing the life that the people in the Appalachians have and experience, whether it’s something old or something new,” she said.