WILDLIFE art WALK
moves to Pelham permanently

Featured Image:  Joe Cowdrey, Artist | Freshwater Spring

As part of the 25th Wildlife Arts Festival, locals and visitors alike took a Walk on the Wild Side in downtown Thomasvilleto experience a multi-faceted outdoor public art exhibition featuring the works of local and regional artists. Paintings of native fire-tolerant flora wrapped twenty-five lamp posts, and twenty-five larger-than-life murals of native fauna hung from historic buildings – paying homage to our unique Red Hills Region.

In February, Thomasville Center for the Arts took this exhibition on the road, and passed along a selection of 8 murals and 8 flora wraps to the Metcalfe and Cairo, Ga communities. Each created their own version of a “public art walk” in their downtown, and built interest around their area, using art as a backdrop through mid-March.

On March 19, a hand-picked 8 murals and 8 flora wraps will travel to Pelham, Ga, where they will now live permanently.  “We have been so blessed.  Our rural communities have worked together, shared our unique assets with one another, and we are all standing stronger because of it,” says Darlene Crosby Taylor, Thomasville Center for the Arts Public Art Director. “Pelham was the perfect fit for a permanent location.  They have a wonderful Wildlife festival in October, and this body of work will act as a backdrop for that – yet live on throughout the year.”

The Center for the Arts worked very hard to promote the talent represented in these exhibitions.  All artists will receive a percentage of the art sales. Additional proceeds are used to support programming at the Center.

To learn how public art is shaping rural communities or purchase any unsold murals or flora wraps, contact dtaylor@thomasvillearts.org, or call 229.221.1859.  

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