2018 Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival

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If the Red Hills region of Southern Georgia is known for two things, it’s our reverence for wildlife and our fresh approach to Southern sophistication. For the last 23 years, the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival (PWAF) has elevated these two cultural cornerstones and offered the entire region a front row seat to the experience.

“With 11 events designed to celebrate our unique land, our time-honored quail hunting tradition and fine art, there is something for everyone at this festival,” says Michele Arwood, Executive Director of the Thomasville Center for the Arts.

“You’d think one festival couldn’t simultaneously capture the heart of an experienced art collector as well as her three-year-old grandson,” adds Arwood, “but it happens here.”

The 2018 PWAF lineup runs through November 18 and boasts nearly a dozen events.  At the heart of the festival is the Fine Art Show on November 17 and 18, presented by Synovus, which showcases more than 65 top sporting and wildlife painters, sculptors, carvers, jewelers and artisans.  To mark the 23rdyear, the show features Brett James Smith, a renowned wildlife oil and watercolor painter, and Chris Maynard, a sculptor who uses feathers as his media of choice.

Guests will also enjoy the return of classic favorites like the festival’s Afternoon in the Field concert at Pebble Hill Plantation on Sunday, November 11 featuring headliner Robert Earl Keen and presented by First Commerce Credit Union, and the lively Bird Dog Bash at Sugar Hill Barn on Saturday, November 17, presented in partnership with Wellington Shields. And for the land and car enthusiast, the 3rdAnnual Red Hills Rover Rally, in partnership with The Wright Group, tours private plantation lands in a curated morning drive which ends at Afternoon In the Field.

For guests who want to try their hand at creating their own work of art, the Women Of Wildlife: Painting Workshopon November 15 and the Creative Covey: Floral Workshopon November 17, both hosted by Ashley Homestore, will most certainly inspire.  

“We love that through the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival, the Center is able to engage with art lovers in a way that feels authentic to them,” said Jenny Dell, the Development Director for Thomasville Center for the Arts.

“It’s all about the experience here, and our supporters are a huge part of that. The festival has turned into such an incredible way to connect people to our heritage and ignite a love for fine art and our land.”

Many elements of the festival are free and open to the public. For those events where reserved seating or tickets are required please visit PWAF.org/Events.