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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.

Meet THOM

The pages of THOM are emboldened by the creative community, both near and far, that trusts our writers, editors and photographers to capture their stories.

The amazing thinkers portrayed on our pages have journeys that far exceed THOM’s character limit, though. To truly breathe life into these tales, Thomasville Center for the Art’s beloved, bi-annual publication is reimagining our approach.

Starting with our new event series, THOM to Life.

After a dozen print runs, THOM still has plenty to say. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate this edition of THOM, knowing that a new one is always on the horizon.

Join Us

Get to know the stars of our Spring | Summer 2019 edition, followed by a community question and answer session.

Thursday, May 2nd  | 5: 30 – 7:30 p.m
International Design and Display Group Courtyard
125 N. Stevens Street, Thomasville

FREE | $10 donation encouraged

 

Journey South at the Center

Journey South at the Center

Take a deep breath.

Imagine a place with no boundaries. Here, you can be as creatively engaged or still as you like.  Soothing colors surround you, and elements of everyday life – from the ocean to ordinary objects – are celebrated.

Sound like paradise?

Good. Because to land in this utopian world, one only needs to ‘Journey South’ to Thomasville Center for the Arts Downtown’s latest gallery exhibition opening, made possible by the generous support of J’s Wine & Spirits and Hampton by Hilton.

This spring, the Center will host Journey South featuring two artists: Austin Grace Smith and Cathy St. John. The community is invited to explore their works at the Opening Reception on April 4that 5:30 pm followed by an Artist Talk at 6:15 pm.

“I can look at the work of these two amazing painters all day,” said Darlene Taylor, Exhibition and Public Art Director at the Center. “The organic quality of both Austin Grace Smith and Cathy St. John’s work makes you feel at peace. They’re easy to love.”

From the natural ebb and flow of Smith’s wood-grain paintings to the aesthetic reality of St. John’s objects liberated from their formal boundaries, guests will feel transported by movement and color.

Smith’s work is on exhibit through April 29th,and St. John’s through May 30th. Admission is free. Reservations are encouraged, but not required. ThomasvilleArts.org.

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 is once again serving up a lineup that’s truly delicious – with just enough spice to keep you coming back for more. From the new Bourbon & Bagels culinary experience to the reimagined Sponsor-Party-turned-Due-South-ShinDig, celebrating the sights, sounds and tastes of the South is second nature to us at Thomasville Center for the Arts.

Of course, nothing comes more naturally for the Center than inspiring our youth to live artfully – a passion the proceeds from this sensational festival help fuel.

In partnership with our friends at Thomasville National Bank, and in concert with many other trusted partners, we invite you to become a sponsor of Due South and add a dash of your own personality to this already flavorful festival. If not for the music, the food, or the fun — than perhaps for the future of our community.

Become a sponsor at DueSouthMusic.org/Sponsor.

See y’all there.

 

Rhythm & Roots Grows to New Heights

Rhythm & Roots Grows to New Heights

Mark your calendar. You’re going to want to remember this date.

On April 11th, Due South’s 2019 Rhythm & Roots singer-songwriter event is scheduled to put a little more soul in the South with the help of Southern rock royalty Randall Bramblett.

“Having someone with the musical pedigree of Randall Bramblett for Rhythm and Roots is a major win for us,” said David Flowers, owner of Flowers Auto Group and co-chair of Due South Art Food and Music Festival. “Randall is an outstanding lyricist and songwriter.  In addition, the stories he will be able to share from his legendary career will surely make for a powerful evening of entertainment.”

Bramblett is known for collaborating with rock legends like Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers Band, Steve Winwood, The Band, Chuck Leavell, Widespread Panic and many others.

Tickets 

Bramblett recently penned the title track for the Blind Boys of Alabama’s new Grammy Award winning album, adding to a long catalog of songs covered by music’s favorite chart-topping artists.

Rhythm & Roots is a series of intimate concerts held throughout the year aimed at spotlighting various songwriters and the stories behind their craft.  Hosted by the Thomasville Center for the Arts in conjunction with the Flowers Auto Group, the events help raise awareness and funding to support the future of art in our community.  With his impressive career and Georgia roots, Bramblett is a natural fit for this spring’s Rhythm & Roots event.

Ready to get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of this musical legend’s mind?  Click here. 

Rhythm & Roots is an intimate, BYOB evening, presented in partnership with Flowers Auto Group and Georgia Tourism. Guests are encouraged to come with a hunger for music.

#DueSouth2019 | Full Schedule

#DueSouth2019 | Full Schedule


Due South | Bourbon & Bagels
Chef-inspired cooking & mixology class.

Tuesday April 9, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Empire Bagel
Adults 21 & older
$50 per person | Click Here 

 

Due South | Respect the Butter
Kids cooking class featuring local chef.

Wednesday April 10, 2019 | 4 – 5 p.m.
Empire Bagel
Pre-registered Kids 12 & Under Free
Seats are limited | Suggested Donation $10

 

Due South | Rhythm & Roots
An intimate, BYOB evening with singer-songwriters, presented in partnership with Flowers AutoGroup and Georgia Tourism.

April 11, 2019 | 7 – 10 p.m.
The Biscuit Company
 $40 | Click here

 

Due South | ShinDig
Our Sponsor Party at Studio 209 is getting a refresh! Enjoy open bar, savory and sweet bites and a cook-off for the record books. Best seats in the house to enjoy Due South featuring Teddy and the Rough Riders, T Hardy Morris & headliner Nikki Lane. 

April 13, 2019 | 5 – 11 p.m.
Ritz Amphitheater + Studio 209
21+ $100 ShinDig |Ages 6-20 $50| Click Here 

 

Due South Concert | Presented by Thomasville National Bank
The big finale. Our open-air concert is the cornerstone of Due South Food and Music festival.

April 13, 2019 | 5 – 11 p.m.
Ritz Amphitheater
$25 | Click Here