WILDLIFE ARTS festival 

Fine Art Show & Scouts Market
Saturday, November 19  |  10 am – 5 pm  |  Free
Sunday, November 20  |  12 – 5 pm  |  Free

Every fall Thomasville welcomes the arrival of world-renowned wildlife artists from near and far to Wildlife Arts Festival, now embarking on its 27th year. A true celebration of Thomasville’s sporting culture during a long weekend in November, at the start of Georgia’s Quail season, through a Fine Art Show, experiences that celebrate the land, workshops led by artists and designers and family friendly events.

featured ARTIST

The 2022 Wildlife Arts Festival featured painter, Sue Key, tops the list of artists who will join us to share their unique perspectives on our natural world. Key spent a week in May immersing herself in the beauty of the Red Hills to capture imagery to inspire her paintings for the show. Read excerpts from her journal during her stay >>

Featured image above: Stone Quarry, Sue Key

 

2022 festival 
November 10-20, 2022

Opening Reception & Public Art Unveiling

Thursday, November 10  |  6 – 7:30 pm
The UnVacant Lot  |  Free

Opening Reception &
Public Art Unveiling

Thursday, November 10  |  6 – 7:30 pm
The UnVacant Lot  |  Free

Celebrate the festival opening with the unveiling of two public art installations created by 31 regional interior designers, architects, and artists to honor our local wildlife and wild waters. Casual attire.

Presented by Hurst Boiler in partnership with ASHLEY and THOM. 

Red Hills Rover Rally

Saturday, November 12  |  10 am

Red Hills
Rover Rally

Saturday, November 12  |  10 am

Take the road less traveled during this guided off-road trail riding adventure through some of the most iconic and historic private properties in the Red Hills regions with curated stops along the way. Casual attire.

Presented by Capital Eurocars.

Whiskey in the Woods

Saturday, November 12  |  6 pm
Birdsong Nature Center

Whiskey
in the Woods

Saturday, November 12  |  6 pm
Birdsong Nature Center

SouthLIfe

Take in the beautiful surroundings of Birdsong Nature Center at this open-air concert, featuring Jason Byrd with southern comfort foods served up by John Thomas Catering paired with cigars and spirits that are sure to keep you warm. Casual attire, boots encouraged! Become an Underwriter for early access! Ages 21+ only.

Presented by Proctor Subaru, Southlife Supply Co. and Southwest Georgia Farm Credit. 

Fine Art Show | Preview Party

Friday, November 18  
7 – 10 pm  |  Exclusive to Underwriters
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Fine Art Show
Preview Party

Friday, November 18  
7 – 10 pm  |  Exclusive to Underwriters
Thomasville Center for the Arts

WAF FAS Sponsors

Dress to impress at this come together event of the year – mingle with friends, indulge in decadent fare on every floor by jb crumbs and peruse the works of renowned artists & artisans to add to or start your own fine art collection at Thomasville’s historic art center. Black-tie.

Presented by Synovus.

Fine Art Show & Scouts Market

Saturday, November 19  |  10 am – 5 pm  |  Free
Sunday, November 20  |  12 – 5 pm  |  Free
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Fine Art Show &
 Scouts Market

Saturday, November 19  |  10 am – 5 pm  |  Free
Sunday, November 20  |  12 – 5 pm  |  Free
Thomasville Center for the Arts

WAF FAS Sponsors

Step into a lively social scene of top-shelf shopping, tasting and family- friendly fun from the finest lifestyle experts, artisans, ecologists, biologists and designers sprinkled with fashionable flourishes and wildlife encounters. 

Presented by Synovus.

Women of Wildlife | Art Workshop

Saturday, November 19  |  10 am
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Women of Wildlife
Art Workshop

Saturday, November 19  |  10 am
Thomasville Center for the Arts

WAF Wrkshops Sponsors2

Grab a friend and come ready to adorn your favorite hat with feathers and flourishes to create a one of a kind hatband with wildlife artisan Suzette Bussey at this 90 minute workshop complete with refreshments, tools and takeaways! 

Presented by ASHLEY.

Creative Covey | Floral Workshop

Saturday, November 19  |  1 pm
Sunday, November 20  |  3 pm
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Creative Covey
Floral Workshop

Saturday, November 19  |  1 pm
Sunday, November 20  |  3 pm
Thomasville Center for the Arts

WAF Wrkshops Sponsors2

Bring natural elements into the home and learn how to construct a professionally designed floral centerpiece under the direction of guest floral designer.

Registration opens September 9.
Presented by ASHLEY.

Beguiled by the Wild | Youth Art Workshop

Saturday, November 19  |  11 am + 1 pm
Sunday, November 20  | 12 pm + 2 pm
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Beguiled by the Wild
Youth Art Workshop

Saturday, November 19  |  11 am + 1 pm
Sunday, November 20  | 12 pm + 2 pm
Thomasville Center for the Arts

pediatric center logo

Young artists, ages 5-12, are invited to create a mini-masterpiece under the direction of guest artist, Karen Stauffer, while learning about our local wildlife and ecosystems. Free, but registration required.

Presented by The Pediatric Center.

Go Wild | Youth Art Floor

Saturday, November 19  |  10 am – 5 pm  |  Free
Sunday, November 20  | 12 – 5 pm  |  Free
Thomasville Center for the Arts, Ground Floor

Go Wild
Youth Art Floor

Saturday, November 19  |  10 am – 5 pm  |  Free
Sunday, November 20  |  12 – 5 pm  |  Free
Thomasville Center for the Arts, Ground Floor

Enjoy the youth art exhibit and an interactive floor of wildlife centric arts & activities designed to inspire your young creator during Fine Art Show & Sale.

Presented by Imagination Emporium.

Land + Lore Lectures

Saturday + Sunday, November 19 + 20  |  12pm + 2 pm + 4 pm
Thomasville Center for the Arts  |  Free

Land + Lore
Lectures

Saturday + Sunday, November 19 + 20  |  12pm + 2 pm + 4 pm
Thomasville Center for the Arts  |  Free

WAF Land Lore Sponsors

Storytellers & experts from Tall Timbers, Aucilla Research Institute, Quail Forever, The National Wild Turkey Foundation & Georgia River Network share screenings, expertise and conversations about the importance of conserving our longleaf pine forests and regional ecosystems. Special guest, Durrell Smith of The Sporting Life Notebook, will be recording his podcast LIVE from the event.

Presented by The Wright Group.

Bird Dog Bash

Saturday, November 19  |  7:30 pm 
Sugar Hill Barn, Pebble Hill Plantation

Bird Dog
Bash

Saturday, November 19  |  7:30 pm 
Sugar Hill Barn, Pebble Hill Plantation

WAF BDB Sponsors2

Place your bid and prepare to dance the night away at the grand finale party of the year anchored with a lively quick-draw art auction, bonfires, live music and a hearty supper by Southern Bleu Catering. Become an Underwriter for early access. Casual attire, boots encouraged! Ages 21+ only.

Presented by Wellington Shields.

for ARTISTS

Artist applications for the 2022 are now closed. Please apply for next year’s show!

THINGS to KNOW

There’s still time to elevate your festival experience while supporting the preservation of fine art and the distinct sporting culture of the Red Hills region and Thomasville Center for the Arts!

BECOME AN UNDERWRITER

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Nov. 11 | Festival Opening Reception 
Nov. 13 | Red Hills Rover Rally
Nov. 13 | Whiskey in the Woods
Nov. 18 | Out of the Woods
Nov. 19 | Fine Art Show Underwriter Preview Party
Nov. 20 | Women of Wildlife Art Workshop
Nov. 20 | Creative Covey Floral Workshop 
Nov. 20 | Bird Dog Bash
Nov. 20 & 21 | Fine Art Show + Sale
Nov. 20 & 21 | Beguiled by the Wild Youth Art Workshop 
Nov. 20 & 21 | Land & Lore Lectures

ACCOMODATIONS

Courtyard by Marriott
207 S Dawson St.
Thomasville, GA 31792
(229) 264-4300

Hampton Inn
1950 GA-122
Thomasville, GA 31757
(229) 227-0040

South Eden Plantation (Dog Friendly)
301 Show Boat Lane
Thomasville, GA 31792
(229) 233-8285

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
452 Liberty St.
Thomasville, GA 31757
(229) 226-4666

VRBO
Thomasville, GA

Thank you for your interest in exhibiting. The application period for 2021 Wildlife Arts Festival is closed. Please apply for the 2022 Wildlife Arts Festival HERE by April 1, 2022.