Due South | Rhythm & Roots
An intimate, BYOB evening with singer-songwriters, presented in partnership with Flowers AutoGroup.

April 11, 2019 | 8 – 11 p.m.
The Biscuit Company
 $40 | Click here

Due South | ShinDig
Our Sponsor Party at Studio 209 is getting a refresh! Enjoy open bar, savory and sweet bites and a cook-off for the record books. Best seats in the house to enjoy Due South featuring Teddy and the Rough Riders, T Hardy Morris & headliner Nikki Lane. 

April 13, 2019 | 5 – 11 p.m.
Ritz Amphitheater + Studio 209
21+ $100 ShinDig |Ages 6-20 $50| Click Here 

Due South Concert | Presented by Thomasville National Bank
The big finale. Our open-air concert is the cornerstone of Due South Food and Music festival.

April 13, 2019 | 5 – 11 p.m.
Ritz Amphitheater
$25 | Click Here


Due South | Bourbon & Bagels
Chef-inspired cooking & mixology class.

Tuesday April 9, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Empire Bagel
Adults 21 & older
$50 per person | Click Here

Due South | Respect the Butter
Kids cooking class featuring local chef.

Wednesday April 10, 2019 | 4 – 5 p.m.
Empire Bagel
Pre-registered Kids 12 & Under Free
Seats are limited | Suggested Donation $10



Thomasville Center for the Arts Highlights Art Education with Contests, Performances and Programs

Thomasville Center for the Arts Highlights Art Education with Contests, Performances and Programs

While science-based STEM subjects have been in the spotlight in recent years, Thomasville Center for the Arts is celebrating artistic endeavors during national Youth Art Month, devoting March to showcasing the talents of local students.

 “Nurturing creativity through art and music brings beauty and joy to life, but what many people don’t realize is that the arts also foster valuable real-world skills — perseverance, collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking, for example,” said Michele Arwood, executive director at the Center. “These are valuable proficiencies in any job, and in life.”

The activities kick off March 1 with the opening of the High School Visual Art Show Award Ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Center’s downtown location, 209 W. Remington Ave.

“For decades, this competition has served to showcase our local high school art programs, their teachers and students while recognizing talented student artists and encouraging education to pursue their artistic goals,” said Mary Oglesby, education outreach director for the Center.

High school students from Thomas County were eligible to submit their 2D and 3D artworks to the juried competition and the finalistswill be given prizes including cash and certificates. A separate portfolio competition specifically for graduating seniors will award a$1,000 scholarships for the talented recipient to study visual arts at college. 

The exhibition will run through March 28.

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Tickets on Sale now as ‘Highway Queen’ Nikki Lane heads Due South

Tickets on Sale now as ‘Highway Queen’ Nikki Lane heads Due South

It’s been a long, groovy road since the inception of Thomasville’s favorite springtime music festival, Due South. Now in its eighth season, Due South Music, Food and Art Festival is once again serving up a lineup that’s truly delicious – with just enough spice to keep you coming back for more.  

And we’re not just talking about the three completely new culinary events Thomasville Center for the Arts has added to this year’s festival, which will run April 9th– 13th

Nikki Lane, the headliner at the 2019 Due South, is the perfect blend of soulful Americana, country twang and old school rock-and-roll to please even the most eclectic audience member’s tastes. 

“This girl rocks,” emphasized Michele Arwood, executive director at the Center, who hosts Due South in partnership Thomasville National Bank and several other community partners each year. “Getting to celebrate artists like Nikki Lane is such a fun opportunity for our community. Combining Lane’s raw style with the regional fare and local foodies we’re incorporating into several events throughout the week means 2019 will be our boldest year yet.”

A true singer-songwriter, Lane blends potent lyrics, unbridled blues guitars and vintage sixties swagger so beautifully the entirety of Thomasville’s Ritz Amphitheater will be on their feet at some point throughout the night on April 13th.  

Due South’s full lineup of events, as well as tickets for the Due South concert and ShinDig are live now at DueSouthMusic.org In the meantime, get to know Due South’s 2019 lead artist by visiting NikkiLane.com.

This Week at the Center

This Week at the Center

We’re feeling extra creative this week at the Thomasville Center for the Arts. In addition to Art in the Afternoon and open studio time at Studio 209, we hope you consider joining us for the following experiences:

  • Blended: Lizzie Jones Calligraphy
    Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. at Grassroots Coffee
    Postcards and original prints for sale through Grassroots!
  • Gullah Geechee: Making Do
    Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • UnVacant Lot

Come to Studio 209 to Learn About — and From — 
the Gullah Geechee

Come to Studio 209 to Learn About — and From — 
the Gullah Geechee

There’s something magical about exploring another culture. 

Whether it’s in the halls of a museum or the pages of a book,  immersing yourself completely in a different place and time is an honest way to better understand the world around you — and maybe even yourself. 

At least, that’s what the team at Thomasville Center for the Arts was hoping for when they teamed up with the Jack Hadley Black History Museum to bring the upcoming Gullah Geechee exhibit at Studio 209 to life. 

“When our friends at the Jack Hadley museum approached us about being involved with this multifaceted, cultural and creative experience — it was an easy ‘yes,’” said Darlene Crosby Taylor, exhibition and public art director at the Center. “At Thomasville Center for the Arts, we celebrate not only artists, but when people live artfully. The Gullah Geechee culture manages to check both of those boxes beautifully. Everyone has something to learn from them.”

If you aren’t familiar with this vibrant culture’s story, you’re about to be. 

From January 10th to February 22nd the Gullah Geechee: Making Do exhibition will be a fixture at 209 W. Remington Avenue. The exhibition — which will include lectures, relevant classes and a gallery brimming with both art and artifacts — will highlight a people who can trace their ancestry back through times of enslavement, all the way to West and Central Africa.

While Studio 209’s walls will highlight the art and artifacts of the Gullah Geechee, the Jack Hadley Black History Museum, located at 214 Alexander Street in Thomasville, will house all photographic and archival history components related to the exhibition. 

According to Jamarcus Underwood, museum educator at Jack Hadley, though the Gullah’s road was often paved with hardship and sadness — their destination is truly something worth celebrating.

“It can be difficult for people to understand the era of slavery that many of our ancestors lived through,” said Underwood. “But these people managed to hold on to their culture and traditions, as well as their language. The Gullah Geechee used art to pass down their stories and values over the years — to preserve their past.”

After the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, the freed men and women who settled along the lowcountry of Georgia and South Carolina’s eastern boarders slowly became known as the Gullah Geechee. 

Their art (quilts, pottery, walking sticks and baskets) sprang from necessity, but soon were coveted items by travelers to the region. The port cities of Savannah and Charleston are still characterized by their craftsmanship.

To help breath new life into the Gullah’s story, the art educators at Studio 209 have woven together a class schedule surrounding the exhibition that puts visitors in the center of this eclectic culture. All ages will have a chance to see, touch and create a part of this shared history. 

For more information on Thomasville Center for the Arts Gullah Geechee: Making Do Exhibition, visit us at  ThomasvilleArts.org/Exhibitions.