Enjoy Cherokee Magazine congratulates the winners of our second annual Art Contest. We received entries from truly talented artists of all ages throughout the community and curated a panel of judges to decide the winners. Plus, we’re giving you a chance to meet the artists and see the winning pieces on exhibit.

In partnership with History Cherokee, we’re proud to present an exhibit featuring selected artwork on display from Friday, March 15, through Monday, April 15.

You’re invited to a special opening reception on Friday, March 15, at the Cherokee County History Center, located at 221 East Marietta Street in Canton. Join us at 5:30 p.m. to meet the artists and enjoy the artwork.

Join us in congratulating our winning artists in each category, and a special congratulations to our overall winning artist:

Camille Baker of Waleska

 

CATEGORIES:

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OIL, ACRYLIC, & WATERCOLOR

MIXED MEDIA

SKETCHES IN PEN & PENCIL

ALTERNATIVE MEDIA

DIGITAL ART

PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

OIL, ACRYLIC, & WATERCOLOR

FIRST PLACE

Camille Baker, Waleska
One of the youngest artists in our 2024 Art Contest, Camille Baker is currently in her junior year of high school. She finds inspiration in the colors of nature. She has honed her natural talent through lessons over the past three years. She will begin selling select pieces of artwork at the Waleska Farmers Market beginning in May.

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Artist: Camille Baker

 

SECOND PLACE

Dorothy Reavis, Acworth

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Artist: Dorothy Reavis

 

THIRD PLACE

Nancy Rose, Woodstock

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Artist: Nancy Rose

 

MIXED MEDIA

FIRST PLACE

Jennifer Griffin, Woodstock
Artist Jennifer Griffin was involved in all aspects of creating this fantastical imagery featuring a headdress she made from new and vintage elements. She estimates that roughly 80 percent of the materials she uses in her projects are vintage or recycled materials. “Combining my love of the earth and forest with recycling materials just seems to make sense,” she says.

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Artist: Jennifer Griffin

 

SECOND PLACE

Amy Tieman, Canton

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Artist: Amy Tieman

 

THIRD PLACE

N. Masani Landfair, Canton

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Artist: N. Masani Landfair

 

SKETCHES IN PEN & PENCIL

FIRST PLACE

Carol Marotta, Ball Ground
Even in her early years growing up in Miami, Florida, Carol Marotta was drawn to the arts. Carol’s works often feature themes of history, nature, and animals. This piece, depicting American Indian Chief Painted Horse, was made using charcoal pencils. Having studied fine arts in college, Carol now offers commissioned pieces.

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Artist: Carol Marotta

 

SECOND PLACE

Avery Wilkins, Woodstock

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Artist: Avery Wilkins

 

THIRD PLACE

Finn Simons, Marietta

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Artist: Finn Simons

 

ALTERNATIVE MEDIA

Handcrafted artisan works with nontraditional mediums including woodworking, jewelry-making, working with glass, and more.

FIRST PLACE

Karen Sasine, Canton
Artist Karen Sasine found special inspiration at Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground during a difficult time in her life and shares, “I found my outside sanctuary for peace and serenity. I was drawn to create a mosaic, Sacred Interlude, that captured the tremendous beauty of this world-class garden.” The mosaic is made from smalti—a handmade glass made in Venice, Italy, and Cuernavaca, Mexico—with 24-karat gold and marble incorporated into the design.

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Artist: Karen Sasine

 

SECOND PLACE

Fred Talley, Ball Ground

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Artist: Fred Talley

 

THIRD PLACE

Brittany Petish, Woodstock

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Artist: Brittany Petish

 

DIGITAL ART

FIRST PLACE

Jennifer Griffin, Woodstock
Photographs for Jennifer Griffin’s magical creation were shot at Olde Rope Mill Park in Woodstock. She then used Adobe Photoshop to create the composite image. Jennifer’s artwork is available for purchase at The Market on Bells Ferry Road in Acworth.

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Artist: Jennifer Griffin

 

SECOND PLACE

Natalie Whitlow, Canton

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Artist: Natalie Whitlow

 

THIRD PLACE

Lois Songster, Canton

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Artist: Lois Songster

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

FIRST PLACE

Skylar Sperin, Canton
A wedding photographer by trade, Skylar Sperin began exploring still-life photography to transcend the limits of his creative abilities and to experiment with light and composition. He says, “I take pictures of things that are personal to me based on my own interactions and experiences. The selected work I chose to submit is about how we respond differently to grief and loss.”

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Artist: Skylar Sperin

 

SECOND PLACE

Jackson McPhetridge, Canton

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Artist: Jackson McPhetridge

 

THIRD PLACE

Michelle McCulloch, Acworth

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Artist: Michelle McCulloch

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR JUDGES

 

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Tiffany Bird

Tiffany Bird is a communication specialist and photographer specializing in journalism and public relations. Her photography and press releases have been published in newspapers, magazines, and online newsrooms. She loves to express her creativity in various forms of arts and crafts.

 

 

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Shannah Dean

Shannah Dean is an art teacher at Etowah High School, where she is the current Teacher of the Year. She teaches various classes, including visual arts, drawing, painting, ceramics, and AP art. She has a bachelor’s degree in studio art and an MAT in art education. When she isn’t teaching, she enjoys painting and supporting the arts in the community.

 

 

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Kristin Norton Green

Kristin Norton Green serves as the City of Canton theatre events and facilities director. She supports the Canton Cultural Arts Commission as staff liaison and facilitated the development of the City’s Public Art Master Plan. In 2022 Atlanta Regional Commission named her as an Arts Leader of Metro Atlanta.

 

 

 

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Steven Lester

A native of Atlanta and a resident of Canton, Steven Lester spent four decades as an art director and creative director for corporations and agencies, winning national and international awards. Steven is a contemporary narrative artist whose work is in demand across the globe. He received the United States Sports Academy’s prestigious International Sports Artist of the Year award. He also earned the American Sport Art Museum’s Zhenliang He Culture Medallion.

 

 

 

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Monica Mercer

Monica Mercer is the owner of M&M Mercantile Co. nestled in the heart of Canton inside The Mill on Etowah. She is dedicated to the joy of creating and connecting by offering handcrafted items curated by local artists along with art supplies, paint parties, workshops, and an art journal group. Monica is a self-taught artist and began her art journey as a furniture artist. Her favorite place to be is in the classroom inspiring creativity.

 

 

 

 

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Harvee White

Harvee White is the current education and programs manager at History Cherokee. An advocate and supporter of the arts, she dabbles in watercolor, pen and ink, and paper art. Most recently she served as a Reeves House Exhibition committee member.

 

Special thanks to Kathy Lyles, Kaylee Johnson, Stefanie Joyner, Harvee White, and the rest of the History Cherokee team for working to coordinate the Enjoy Cherokee Art Exhibit, opening on Friday, March 15, and on display through Monday, April 15.

 

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