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.”
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.