Have a Creative 2019 at Studio 209.

Have a Creative 2019 at Studio 209.

Thomasville, Ga. – Most of us made a New Year’s Resolution to kickstart a health- ier or better organized lifestyle, but at Thomasville Center for the Arts Downtown at Studio 209, a more creative 2019 is already underway.

“One of our main goals for this new year was to make time and space for more art, more dialogue, and more chances for our community to explore their cre- ative sides,” said Darlene Crosby Taylor, the exhibition and public art director at the Center. “All of those dreams come to life at Studio 209.”

Studio 209 Current

The Center, which has occupied the space at 209 W. Remington Avenue since 2011, took the studio through an imaginative renovation in 2018. It’s new and improved layout, which features extended gallery and studio space, debuted just before Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival this past fall.

During the redesign phase, extra care was taken to create a layout that allows for a wide range of artistic experiences happening at one time. The result is a working space that’s as functional as it is funky.

“Our downtown location offers a respite for creative visitors of all ages,” said Tay- lor, who spent years as an architect before joining the Center. “This project is one of the most interesting ones I’ve been involved with because it’s always evolving to change with our community. Everyone here is committed to preserving Thomasville’s roots, while also making room for the creative, beautiful future that lies ahead.”

If you haven’t stuck your head in yet, consider yourself formally invited.

One of the first things that visitors of Studio 209 will notice is how accessible it feels. This is a place where everyone, from visiting international artists to Art in the Afternoon elementary school students, can feel curious and inspired.

Old friends of the Center and first-timers alike can expect to leave with their minds full and hands just a little dirty. According to staff, at Studio 209 there’s only one rule: everyone has a creative side, they just need a chance to explore it.

For those waiting for the opportunity, slots are open now for adult classes in the studio space, including pottery with resident artist Jessica Dell, and an afternoon oil and acrylic painting series with resident Ron Thomson. Open studio time is also available for artists eager for more time to create.

Parents are encouraged to enroll their young students in the Center’s semester- long Art in the Afternoon program at 209. This season students will enjoy learning from resident and visiting artists, as well as emerging artists from area universities. Teaching artists will take the students on a journey to explore a wide range of disciplines from printmaking, to mixed media to painting and sculpture.

Curious yet? At Studio 209 visitors can do more than appreciate art — they can become artists themselves.

The immersive, creative experiences that take place here are designed to change throughout the year, each time bringing a fresh perspective and new talent to the historic streets of Downtown Thomasville.

Past Exhibition: Caroline Harper

2017-5 pine bodies

Caroline Harper New | alchemy of gold

October – January 2019


Caroline Harper New
uses her academic background in Anthropology to inform her work as both a writer and multimedia artist. Searching for intimacy in the thorns of the rural south, her work focuses on collective memory and generational trauma, with an emphasis on embodiment. Through painting, Caroline explores how fractures of memory survive in material traces as well as the body. 

FREE and open to the public.


Studio 209
209 West Remington Ave.
Thomasville, Ga. 31792

 

2018 Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival

2018 Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival

We’re excited to see you at this year’s events
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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.