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.

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 – May 13
$55 per month, per student

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.

Forty-one artists on exhibit

Forty-one artists on exhibit

You know the saying: Two’s company. Three’s a crowd. 

But no one ever told us what happens when 41 creative minds meld together. 

“Magic,” laughed Sarah Painter, who oversees the Thomasville Center for the Arts’ artist’s program. Sarah’s most recent project at the Center is relaunching the artist collective, now called THOM Collective. 

Beginning Thursday, August 1st, the walls of the Center’s Downtown gallery, located at 209 W. Remington Avenue, will be completely transformed by the works of the collective’s 41 members. The first glimpse of the exhibition will be available Thursday evening during the opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  If you miss the preview, you can explore this comprehensive collection through September 27th.

“Our upcoming THOM Collective exhibition is a celebration of our relaunched artist collective, which harnesses the creative energy from across the region,” explains Sarah. “This collective is focused on lifting our artists up, while providing them an inspiring network to help hone their skills. We’re looking forward to seeing the creative sparks start flying.”

Each artist involved in the exhibition is completely unique, as is their body of work. 

In addition to being THOM members, two factors tether these artists together: they must be currently practicing their art, and their work is either two or three dimensional.   

Outside of that, both the exhibition and collective are dedicated to gathering artists together to strengthen and build a more creative community, a mission made possible by Gainous Well Drilling, J’s Wine & Spirits and Ashley Homestore. 

“Our THOM Collective is extremely eclectic and diverse,” says Sarah. “I hope what this exhibition does is bring artists and art-lovers together to discover a hidden creative community they may have never knew existed otherwise.

Click here information about the exhibition or here for THOM Collective membership details.