Rhythm & Roots

Rhythm & Roots

Have you ever looked up the story behind your favorite song?

Of course you have. 

Knowing the heartbreak that inspired the world’s most powerful lyrics is a guilty pleasure most of us just can’t resist. A quick Google search and you’re immersed in the songwriter’s world, sharing the ebb and flow of each melody right along with them.

Rhythm & Roots, presented by Thomasville Center for the Arts in partnership with Flowers AutoGroup, doesn’t shy away from audience members’ curious side. 

Instead of simply watching a performance, guests are given the chance to sit down in an intimate setting with living legends to hear their tales of love and loss, laughs and tears, uninterrupted. 

Rhythm & Roots, which has been imbedded in Due South Art Food and Musical Festival for years, is breaking off on its own this summer beginning July 19th. Subsequent dates include September 13thand January 17th; tickets are available for all three concerts now. 

Each show boasts a “listening-room” atmosphere that will put guests at ease from the moment they walk in. 

Rhythm & Roots is bigger, better and bolder than ever,” said Mariam Mirabzadeh, who oversees festivals and events at the Center. 

“It’s always been one of the sweeter points of Due South because of its laidback, easy vibe. As a separate series, it shines light on the soul of an artist – the highs and lows and everything in between – in an extremely authentic and accessible way. Music enthusiast will be able to feel the heart of the music, and the true sound of the instruments in a setting free of pretension.”

Expect a diverse mix of talented singer-songwriters to grace the stage at the Center’s newly restored historic theatre, where Rhythm & Roots events outside of Due South will be held. 

Artist Angie Aparo (who wrote hits like “Cry” made famous by Faith Hill) will lead the way to the relaunch of the series on July 19th

Those interested in reserving the best seats in the house will want to make sure to purchase “Roadie Reserve” tickets for the added benefit of preferred seating and drink tickets. Libations will be available for purchase before and during the show for all guests. Click here for tickets.

Collage Artist mixes things up at Blended Debut

Collage Artist mixes things up at Blended Debut

Art is destined to be challenging. 

Even when it’s hanging on the walls of your favorite coffee shop, art should captivate you, making you feel curious and creative simultaneously.  

At least, that’s the approach artist Jack Felice takes with his upcoming Collage exhibition at Grassroots Coffee, curated by Thomasville Center for the Arts. 

“My work brings an outsider perspective to art,” said Jack, 27. “I wasn’t a formally trained artist, I didn’t go to school for this. My approach is more personal. I’m figuring things out through trial and error. I’m not afraid to make a mistake, and I think that’s a good thing.”

While working in marketing, Jack, a graduate of Florida State University, found his niche creating collages in both the digital and physical realm. While his medias vary, his method of combining unlikely objects to create a cohesive piece that makes his viewer stop and think ‘That’s interesting,’ is always apparent. 

“Jack’s work is a great fit for the Blended audience at Grassroots Coffee,” said Darlene Crosby Taylor, lead for exhibition at the Center. “On the surface, it’s very aesthetically pleasing. But as you sit there and sip your coffee and take a longer look, it becomes clear that there’s more going on than first meets the eye. It’s a fascinating collection.” 

On July 18th, Jack will join the Center’s growing list of Blended artists, including Mallory Jones, Marlo Randsell, Lizzie Jones and Alex Workman, who have each spent a season adorning the walls at 118 S. Broad Street. 

At 10 a.m. on the exhibition’s opening day, Jack will be leading the Center’s Artist Talk at Grassroots. If you can’t make it for breakfast on July 18th, no worries. His collection will be on display until October 10th.

“My style changes a lot,” added Jack. “People can expect a lot of different things and a progression of my work.” 

Blended is designed to allow the connection between art and audience to brew naturally.  

This ongoing gallery exhibition is made possible by continued friendship and support from community members like KeySouth Real Estate Group and Grassroots Coffee. 

BUGOUT | Festival Lineup

BUGOUT | Festival Lineup


Nothing bugs us in historic Thomasville, Georgia — and we’ve got the guts to prove it.

Thomasville Center for the Arts has invited a colony of creatives to invade the nooks and crannies in The Bottom | Creative District with spectacular works of art to widen your view of the winged and wonderful bug’s world.

It’s a celebration you don’t want to miss!

  • Chalk Art Competition Artists of all levels swarm The Ritz for the chance to be crowned King or Queen Bee
    The Ritz Amphitheater | Sep 6 | 8 am – 2 pm
    To be part of the Chalk Art Competition, buzz over HERE
  • Live Chalk Art Experience
    Professional artists zap the pavement with vibrant hues
    Thomasville Center for the Arts Downtown | Sep 6 | 8 am – 8pm
  • BUGOUT Exhibition Opening and Artist Awards
    Be a fly on the wall to experience the fantastical collections of artists Bob Sober + Winston Cornish
    Thomasville Center for the Arts Downtown | Sep 6 | 6 – 7:30 pm
  • City of Thomasville’s First Friday Sip & Stroll Concert
    Featuring the soulful sounds of the Honey Hounds 
    The Ritz Amphitheater | Sep 6 | 8 – 10 pm
  • Flutter-by Public Art Project
    Muralist Ron Thomson proves it truly is a bug’s life with this larger-than-life experience
    UnVacant Lot  | Sep 6 – 27 | Open Daily

          To bee a sponsor, buzz over HERE

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BUGOUT | Become a Sponsor

Thomasville Center for the Arts challenges the notion of what art can be by inviting soulful creepy-crawlers to invade the nooks and crannies  of The Bottom | Creative District. 

Ready to BUGOUT with us during this public art extravaganza as our exciting lineup invades your favorite downtown dwellings? Choose from two levels of sponsorship.

  • $500 Bug Exhibition Sponsor

    • Recognition on sponsor signage
    • Vinyl BUG
    • Website Recognition
    • Sponsor recognition in all Bug Exhibition locations
    • Sponsor recognition during educational immersions with over 750 students participating
  • $250 Education Immersion Sponsor

    • Recognition on sponsor signage
    •  Vinyl BUG
    • Website Recognition
    • Sponsor recognition during educational immersions with over 750 students participating

Chalk Art Competition Registration

Thomasville Center for the Arts Downtown will hold its first ever Chalk Art Competition on First Friday, September 6th from 8 am – 2 pm in the Bottom | Creative District.  

Artists participating in our THOM Collective receive exclusive discounts on events just like this.
Are you a THOM Collective Member? Register here. 
Not yet a Member of the THOM Collective? Register here. 

Participants ages 16 and up are encouraged to help transform The Ritz Amphitheater into a vibrant, BUG Art display. Opening Reception and Awards to follow from 6 – 7:30 pm.

The following categories are juried:

  • Best in Show: $500
  • Most Creative: $250
  • Best Use of Color: $150
  • People’s Choice: $100

Each chalk artist will receive:

  • BUGOUT T-Shirt
  • 1 bug or insect image to inspire your square
  • 1 box of basic white chalk
  • 1 stick of black chalk 
  • 5 sticks of vibrant colored chalk* that compliment your bug
  • 4’ x 4’ sidewalk space in The Ritz Amphitheater
  • The opportunity for cash awards

*please note:  supplemental chalk (supplied by the artist) may be purchased at eternityarts.com at +/- $1.25/stick.