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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.

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!
    FREE
  • Gullah Geechee: Making Do
    Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    FREE
  • UnVacant Lot
    FREE

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.

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