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.

Afternoon in the Field Band Announced

Afternoon in the Field Band Announced

The 5th Annual Afternoon in the Field will be held on the opening weekend of the 24th Annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival. Afternoon in the Field gives adults and kids alike the opportunity to enjoy the music of Bishop Gunn under the pines in a beautiful and historic setting.


Bishop Gunn, of Natchez, Mississippi, is rooted in the history and sounds of their home and the surrounding Delta, and features a blend of rock and roll, soul and blues. In 2017, the band appeared on Kid Rock’s 8th Annual “Chillin’ the Most Cruise” and was voted the best band on the boat by the “chillers.” The group went on to do commercial film for Southern Comfort in Clarksdale, Mississippi and spend their summer touring. In September, Bishop Gunn took the stage at the Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, Tennessee alongside artists like Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder, Mavis Staples and Gary Clark Jr. The band then played Laid Back Festival dates with Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Jimmie Vaughan, The Gregg Allman Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Bishop Gunn released their debut full-length album Natchez in May 2018. They worked on the release with Grammy Award-winning producers Casey Wasner and Mark Neill at legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and FAME Studios, as well as The Purple House in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee where the band lives and creates in a farmhouse on the outskirts of Nashville. The album, named after the band’s hometown, entered the Billboard charts as the #4 Blues Album and also appeared as #8 on their Heatseekers South Central chart.

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Rhythm & Roots

Rhythm & Roots

Have you ever looked up the story behind your favorite song?

Of course you have. 

Knowing the heartbreak that inspired the world’s most powerful lyrics is a guilty pleasure most of us just can’t resist. A quick Google search and you’re immersed in the songwriter’s world, sharing the ebb and flow of each melody right along with them.

Rhythm & Roots, presented by Thomasville Center for the Arts in partnership with Flowers AutoGroup, doesn’t shy away from audience members’ curious side. 

Instead of simply watching a performance, guests are given the chance to sit down in an intimate setting with living legends to hear their tales of love and loss, laughs and tears, uninterrupted. 

Rhythm & Roots, which has been imbedded in Due South Art Food and Musical Festival for years, broke off on its own this summer. The series next showing is September 13thand January 17th; tickets are available for both concerts now. 

Each show boasts a “listening-room” atmosphere that will put guests at ease from the moment they walk in. 

Rhythm & Roots is bigger, better and bolder than ever,” said Mariam Mirabzadeh, who oversees festivals and events at the Center. 

“It’s always been one of the sweeter points of Due South because of its laidback, easy vibe. As a separate series, it shines light on the soul of an artist – the highs and lows and everything in between – in an extremely authentic and accessible way. Music enthusiast will be able to feel the heart of the music, and the true sound of the instruments in a setting free of pretension.”

Expect a diverse mix of talented singer-songwriters to grace the stage at the Center’s newly restored historic theatre, where Rhythm & Roots events outside of Due South will be held. 

Those interested in reserving the best seats in the house will want to make sure to purchase “Roadie Reserve” tickets for the added benefit of preferred seating and drink tickets. Libations will be available for purchase before and during the show for all guests. Click here for tickets.

BUGOUT | Festival Lineup

BUGOUT | Festival Lineup


Nothing bugs us in historic Thomasville, Georgia — and we’ve got the guts to prove it.

Thomasville Center for the Arts has invited a colony of creatives to invade the nooks and crannies in The Bottom | Creative District with spectacular works of art to widen your view of the winged and wonderful bug’s world.

It’s a celebration you don’t want to miss!

  • Chalk Art Competition Artists of all levels swarm The Ritz for the chance to be crowned King or Queen Bee
    The Ritz Amphitheater | Sep 6 | 8 am – 2 pm
    To be part of the Chalk Art Competition, buzz over HERE
  • Live Chalk Art Experience
    Professional artists zap the pavement with vibrant hues
    Thomasville Center for the Arts Downtown | Sep 6 | 8 am – 8pm
  • BUGOUT Exhibition Opening and Artist Awards
    Be a fly on the wall to experience the fantastical collections of artists Bob Sober + Winston Cornish
    Thomasville Center for the Arts Downtown | Sep 6 | 6 – 7:30 pm
  • City of Thomasville’s First Friday Sip & Stroll Concert
    Featuring the soulful sounds of the Honey Hounds 
    The Ritz Amphitheater | Sep 6 | 8 – 10 pm
  • Flutter-by Public Art Project
    Muralist Ron Thomson proves it truly is a bug’s life with this larger-than-life experience
    UnVacant Lot  | Sep 6 – 27 | Open Daily

          To bee a sponsor, buzz over HERE

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Young Creators Club | A Hub for Creative Kids

Young Creators Club | A Hub for Creative Kids

As a member of the Young Creators Club, students will use the design process to imagine a more beautiful world.

Inspired by current exhibits, students (grades 4-6) will experiment with a combination of arts to collaboratively create a solution to a challenge. Club members develop critical thinking skills as they build their creative capacities. 

Wednesdays | 3:30 – 5 p.m. | September 4 – December 18
$55 per month, per student

October 9 – No Class – Fall Break
November 27 – No Class – Thanksgiving Break

Step 1: Register
Step 2: Complete Payment

Young Creators Club is based at Thomasville Center for the Arts Downtown at 209 West Remington Avenue. Free bus transportation from Thomasville City and Thomas County schools is provided courtesy of the school systems. Classes follow the city and county schools calendar.

With your registration, your student also becomes a Junior Explorer member of the Center and receives a Be Curious colored pencil set along with access to our Saturday Art Free For All programs, and opportunities to exhibit their work.

Music for a New Age

Music for a New Age

South Georgia Youth Orchestra is proving what’s old can be made new again at the Thomasville Center for the Arts this fall. 

Under the leadership of Tallahassee’s celebrated cellist Dr. Boyan Bonev, budding youth musicians (grades 6-12) will be exploring the rich history of classical music by examining history, culture and their own creative potential.

Mondays | 4-6 p.m. 
August 19 – December 16
$75 per month, per student

No audition is necessary but aspiring musicians interested in strings, winds, brass and percussions are encouraged to apply. South Georgia Youth Orchestra’s fall season will culminate on Monday, November 18 with a concert at the Center’s historic theater.

South Georgia Youth Orchestra is based at Thomasville Center for the Arts at 600 East Washington Street. Free bus transportation from Thomasville City and Thomas County schools is provided courtesy of the school systems.