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Upcoming exhibit focuses on Appalachia
Through the Lens scheduled for Windermere
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Phil Winter, organizer for Through the Lens exhibit, looks at a photo during last year’s show. This year's event will be Sept. 24-25 at the Windermere Lodge. - photo by File photo

If you’re going

• What: Through the Lens 2011 photography exhibit

• When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 25

• Where: Windermere Lodge, 4444 Front Nine Drive, Cumming

• Cost: Free
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Works by more than 40 area photographers will be on display next weekend.

The Sawnee Artists Associ-ation will hold the second Through the Lens photography exhibit Saturday and Sept. 25 at the Windermere Lodge.

Guests to the free showing will have a chance to see more than 70 photographs that capture the show’s theme of “Visions of the Southern Appalachians.”

Organizer Phil Winter said the approach is similar to last year’s, which focused on reflections from Appalachia.

“We decided to keep that general area as our theme,” Winter said. “But it is a little different.”

Winter said the show will offer “a good, well-balanced version of Southern Appala-chia.”

“There’s a little of everything. There are landscapes, some people and some animals,” he said. “If someone didn’t know anything about the Appalachian Mountains, they would come away with a pretty good impression of what they’re like.”

Contest juror Larry Winslett selected 73 of the more than 175 entries for the show.

Winslett is a nature photographer with works on permanent display at Stone Mountain Park.

His work has also been featured in several publications and he teaches a variety of photography classes, some at North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega.

Winslett will also judge the submissions, choosing four winners who will receive cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500.

Two honorable mentions will be named, and the public will vote on a “People’s Choice Award” winner, who will receive $200.

Winter said the photographers hail from Forsyth and several surrounding counties.

“Most are from the Cumming area, but there’s a lot from other parts of north Georgia,” he said. “There’s Buford, Gainesville, Big Canoe, Alpharetta and Roswell.”

Last year the event was held at the Brannon-Heard House in downtown Cumming. Winter said the Windermere site was chosen this year for two reasons.

“First of all, parking was an issue and this venue has much more parking,” he said. “Secondly, last year we put some photos upstairs in the Brannon-Heard House and some people had problems with the stairs. Windermere Lodge is all one level.”

Despite challenges in its inaugural year, the 2010 show still drew about 300 people.

“We expect a lot more this year due to the new location,” Winter said.