Best Visual Artist

Panhandle Slim

“Art for folk” artist Panhandle Slim’s work can be spotted all around town on fences, buildings, and light posts with its distinctive bright colors and quote-accompanied portraiture. Though Slim’s work unabashedly delves into social issues, race, and politics (he regularly sets up artwork that challenges gun ownership and violence at Civic Center gun shows), he got caught up in the government process last year when Code Enforcement came for a big, beautiful painting of Nina Simone commissioned by a homeowner. Nina is gone from Habersham, but you don’t have to travel far before seeing some inspiring Slim art in this town.

Runner-Up: Jose Ray

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