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 .
“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 , a renowned wildlife oil and watercolor painter, and , a sculptor who uses feathers as his media of choice.
Guests will also enjoy the return of classic favorites like the festival’s concert at Pebble Hill Plantation on Sunday, November 11 featuring headliner and presented by , and the lively 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.
“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.”