SUMMER UPDATE 2022

Charlie Read  

From the family custodian and co-founder of bowershouse.org. The Bowers House Retreat
Late last year we reopened our doors on limited occupancy to vaccinated guests and alumni. We began a production company, Bowers Hour, filming and recoding programming material focusing on resident work product to maintain the facility and fund house sponsored residencies. We expanded our scope from writing and literature to multidisciplinary and music arts, and started the long term restoration of the several acres and buildings at the facility. We began taking in occasional guest and b&b lodgers, and small event venue rentals to subsidize our expansion and reentry after shutting down during the health crisis.

With ambassadors representing The Georgia Review, poetry and arts organizations, well know author alumni and music figures, and most importantly, The Writers Guild, helmed by Charles Prier bhwriters.org for 12 years, we unabashedly solicit new support and ventures from writers/ workshop professionals/ established musicians/ performers with honorariums and often in exchange for exclusive usage of the facility and dining for their personal or professional retreat purposes.

We continue to provide a place for artists to grow and create. Our goal is to keep The Guild running as the crux of the mission we have established in this 100 year old historic family hotel in NE Georgia.

Jess Fowler Music at The Bowers House

On 5/24/2022 BOWERS HOUR films the BLEACE-KOLORFUL episode summarizing their week retreat at The Bowers House, concurrent with the art gallery opening of fine arts painter, Paige Prier (above). Paige’s sister, Jess Fowler (right), entertains with a solo intro and finale with pitch perfect sweet vocals and guitar, rounding out the evening with readings and a meet and greet social.

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Paige Prier Art Gallery Show at The Bowers House

Display of work by Paige Prier Art

The Bowers Hours episode featuring Bleace and Kolorful Media is also the opening of our second inaugural visual artist and Bowers House Ambassador, Paige Prier, (paigeprier.com) whose work replaces and sends to the upstairs hallways our first Bowers House Art Gallery spotlight artist, Faye Behar Mitchell. The artwork that covers the walls of the old hotel building interiors is available for purchase, often including a stay at The Bowers house or other perks, and we consider guest purchases of these works another form or fundraising and sponsorship support of the facility and our mission. 5PM-7PM gallery.

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Charles Prier, Director of The Bowers House Writers’ Guild

A number of our Guild members are published writers. Some are self-published, others have materials accepted by publication houses; however, all of our writers are people who write because they want to. Not all of us want to become famous or even want to be published. We just want to express ourselves and become better writers. Published or not, experienced or just beginning, we have the pleasure of being encouraged to write because we love to do it, and we learn to write better through the instruction, encouragement and suggestions we receive each time we get together. Continue reading “Charles Prier, Director of The Bowers House Writers’ Guild”

Tuesday, April 23 at 7 pm the Bowers House is hosting a very special guest…..

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Tuesday, April 23 at 7 pm the Bowers House is hosting a very special guest. Nationally known environmental activist and award-winning writer Scott Russell Sanders will speak on “Literature and Legacy.” In an essay entitled “The Way of Imagination,” published in the summer 2012 issue of The Georgia Review, Sanders wrote about a man who sought to provide old-growth forests for future generations to enjoy. Sanders will read an excerpt from the essay and discuss the powers of imagination illustrated by this benefactor’s legacy—powers crucial to the making of literature, to the practice of science, and to works of compassion. A question-and-response period will follow.

Sanders, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University, has published more than thirty works of nonfiction and fiction over the past forty years, including a number of books for children. Among his titles are Earth Works: Selected Essays (2012), A Conservationist Manifesto (2009), A Private History of Awe (2006), The Country of Language (1999), Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World (1993), The Paradise of Bombs (1987), and Wilderness Plots: Tales about the Settlement of the American Land (1983). His enduring concerns include the place of human beings in nature, the pursuit of social justice, the relationships between culture and geography, and the search for a spiritual path.There is no charge for the evening however donations are greatly appreciated. It is very important we have a great turn-out to support this special event!