The piece “Patterson Farm,” a photograph taken by Douglasville photographer Janet Newton, has been selected from 300 entries throughout north Georgia as part of the “Art of Georgia” exhibit.

The exhibit will hang in the executive offices of the State Capitol and showcase current work of contemporary Georgia visual artists. The exhibit started in January and will continue until the end of May.

In its third year, “Art of Georgia” is a collaboration between the Georgia Council of the Arts and the Office of the Governor.

According to the Georgia Council of the Arts, the “Art of Georgia III: Celebrating Home,” exhibit seeks to capture the uniqueness of communities throughout Georgia as seen, explored, and depicted through the artist’s eye.

Newton’s photograph of “Patterson Farm,” on Highway 166 in Douglas County, was selected because her “work stood out as an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work,” the selection letter read.

The president of the Sweetwater Camera Club, a satellite of the Douglasville/Douglas County Cultural Arts Council, Newton wanted to share the honor of two other members whose work was selected to hang at the state capitol in 2017.

Under last year’s theme, “Parks,” Douglasville artists Stella Spyrou and Larinda Wilken’s photographic submissions of Sweetwater Creek State Park were selected for the “Art of Georgia” exhibit.

“It was an honor that three of our members had a Douglas County photo hang in the capitol,” said Newton.

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