WILDLIFE ARTS festival 

Every fall Thomasville welcomes the arrival of world renowned wildlife artists from near and far to Wildlife Arts Festival, now in its 26th 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.  

SCHEDULE of EVENTS

Festival Opening Reception

Thursday, November 11  |  6:30 pm  |  Free
The UnVacant Lot

Festival Opening
Reception

Thursday, November 11  |  6:30 pm  |  Free
The UnVacant Lot

Raise a glass to toast the opening of this year’s Wildlife Arts Festival featuring the unveiling of the public art project ‘on location’ by Katherine Sandoz and the launch of THOM magazine’s 16th edition. Presented by Hurst Boiler, in partnership with Ashley HomeStore and THOM.

Red Hills Rover Rally

Saturday, November 13  |  10 am – 2 pm  |  $150 per vehicle with two riders
Orchard Pond

Red Hills
Rover Rally

Saturday, November 13  |  10 am – 2 pm  |  $150 per vehicle with two riders
Orchard Pond

Guided off-road trail riding adventure with curated experiences along the way. Registration required and space limited. Presented by Capital Eurocars and supported by KEITH.

Whiskey in the Woods

Saturday, November 13  |  7 pm  |  $100 per person, 21 + up
Birdsong Nature Center

Whiskey
in the Woods

Saturday, November 13  |  7 pm  |  $100 per person, 21 + up
Birdsong Nature Center

Open-air concert, featuring Jason Byrd with southern comfort foods and spirits that are sure to keep you warm. Presented by Proctor Subaru and Southwest Georgia Farm Credit.

Out of the Woods

Thursday, November 18  |  6-8 pm  |  $100 per person
The Home of Rosemary & Dale Powell | 33 Spring Lake Rd., Thomasville

Out of the
Woods

Thursday, November 18  |  6-8 pm  |  $100 per person
The Home of Rosemary & Dale Powell | 33 Spring Lake Rd., Thomasville

Curated moments and creative conversation with Canaan Marshall (HBO’s Full Bloom), Katherine Sandoz (2021 Festival Featured Painter), Libbie Summers (A Food Inspired Life), and Suzette Bussey (Norton and Hodges). Presented by First Commerce Credit Union.

Fine Art Show | Underwriter Preview Party

Friday, November 19  |  7 pm
21 + up  |  Tickets included with Underwriter packages 
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Fine Art Show
Underwriter Preview Party

Friday, November 19  |  7 pm
21 + up  |  Tickets included with Underwriter packages 
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Raise a glass to an elegant evening of fine art, community and culture. Black tie attire. Presented by Synovus.

Women of Wildlife | Art Workshop

Saturday, November 20  |  9:30 am  |  $125 per person
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Women of Wildlife
Art Workshop

Saturday, November 20  |  9:30 am  |  $125 per person
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Create your own wild works of art guided by two festival artists: jeweler Ashley Stamoulis and printmaker Sarah Carnline. Includes lunch, all tools, and materials. Presented by Ashley Homestore.

Creative Covey | Floral Workshop

Saturday, November 20  |  1-3 pm  |  $125 per person
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Creative Covey
Floral Workshop

Saturday, November 20  |  1-3 pm  |  $125 per person
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Bring natural elements into the home and around the table with the help and expertise of floral designer Canaan Marshall. Registration required and includes refreshments and all materials. Presented by Ashley HomeStore.

Bird Dog Bash

Saturday, November 20  |  7:30 pm 
21 + up  |  Tickets included with Underwriter packages
Sugar Hill Barn, Pebble Hill Plantation

Bird Dog
Bash

Saturday, November 20  |  7:30 pm 
21 + up  |  Tickets included with Underwriter packages
Sugar Hill Barn, Pebble Hill Plantation

Grand finale evening for patrons, artists, and friends, new and old, with live music, bonfires, and a quick-draw auction topped off with a hearty supper. Boots encouraged! Presented by Wellington Shields.

Fine Art Show + Sale | Scout Artisan Market

Saturday + Sunday, November 20 + 21  |  Free
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Fine Art Show + Sale
Scout Artisan Market

Saturday + Sunday, November 20 + 21  |  Free
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Explore the mastery of 70+ sporting & wildlife artists and artisans from across the country paired with live music, Wildlife Encounters and local flavors under the oaks. Presented by Synovus.

Beguiled by the Wild | Youth Art Workshop

Saturday + Sunday, November 20 + 21  |  11 am + 1 pm  |  Free with pre-registration
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Beguiled by the Wild
Youth Art Workshop

Saturday + Sunday, November 20 + 21  |  11 am + 1 pm  |  Free with pre-registration
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Young artists ages 5-12 are invited to create a mini-masterpiece under the direction of a guest artist Karen Stauffer while learning about our local wildlife and ecosystems. Four sessions to choose from. Registration required. Presented by The Pediatric Center. 

**New this year, Beguiled by the Wild has “gone wild” with an entire floor dedicated to wildlife centric activities during the Fine Art Show & Sale, 10 am – 5pm.**

Land + Lore Lectures

Saturday + Sunday, November 20 + 21  |  11 am + 1 pm  |  Free
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Land + Lore
Lectures

Saturday + Sunday, November 20 + 21  |  11 am + 1 pm  |  Free
Thomasville Center for the Arts

Storytellers and experts from Tall Timbers, Aucilla Research Institute, Quail Forever and The National Wild Turkey Federation share traditions and expertise about the importance of conserving our longleaf pine forests and regional ecosystems. Special guest Durrell Smith of The Gundog Notebook will be recording his podcast LIVE at the event. Presented by The Wright Group.

Saturday | 11:00 am — The National Wild Turkey Federation
Saturday | 1:00 pm — Aucilla Research Institute
Sunday | 11:00 am — Quail Forever
Sunday | 1:00 pm — Tall Timbers

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.