Art in the Open was created to promote regional artists, drive tourism to our historic downtown and Creative District, and position Thomasville as a creative community to attract visionaries, thinkers and makers.

Inspired by the makers, creators, and artists that keep Thomasville and surrounding areas oozing with creativity and economic growth, this event attracts regional and national artists with a competitive spirit.

From recycled runway dresses and aspiring pop-up shops, to yarn-bombing the streets and chalking the sidewalks, FLAUNT takes new shape each year. Two-story murals, a battle of the bands, street parties, and more… the possibilities (and the “creativities”) are endless!

Professionals from the Georgia Chalk Art Association led workshops and hosted 24 chalk artists in a competition that “invaded” The Ritz Amphitheater in downtown Thomasville. Complimenting the competition were bug-inspired installations in other parts of the creative district, as well. Ron Thomson brought butterflieds to The UnVacant Lot; Charlie Hart took over The Kickstand’s shed with fireflies; and Maureen Harrer and her Brookwood School students created a collection of “Bugs That Bite” at Thomasville Center for the Arts Downtown.

As part of the annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival, Furry & Feathered featured a yarn-bomb competition on the streets of West Jackson and a pop-up fiber art gallery.

The 2015 FLAUNT was a public art experience paying homage to Rock & Roll icons of the 70s with pop art inspired murals, band battles, and exhibitions in Thomasville’s creative district. 

Over 30 artists were given a historic image, courtesy of the Thomas County Historical Society and the Jack Hadley Black History Museum. These images were the source of inspiration for each 12 x 15 temporary mural canvas. In addition to the pop-up art, each weekend in September brought new “pop up” experiences to the creative district — like shops, food concepts, and performances.

Artists yarn bombed and showed their fashion design skills by creating wearable art during our fashion show opening event. All clothing is made from discarded materials!