Throw on your Havana shirts and ruffled skirts for a night of sizzle and spice as Thomasville Center for the Arts and South Georgia Ballet present “Hot Havana Nights,” an evening of music, dance and art.
On Jan. 24 beginning at 6 p.m., enjoy a series of Latin-inspired events at the center, including a Latin review with South Georgia Ballet, an exhibition featuring renowned artist Antonio Guerrero, an unveiling of the Artist Collective’s “Spice” exhibition and an after-party that will leave you feeling hot, hot, hot!
“This year is full of flavor!” said Center for the Arts’ Adult Programs Director Darlene Mathis. “Michael Pozo and Michael Gregg have music and dance for everyone — adults and kids alike!”
The center is proud to host Guerrero, who paints solely in red, white and black, and calls his art an “eternal quest for freedom, peace and harmony and a defining voice against human oppression.”
Guerrero was born in Matanzas, Cuba, under the Castro regime, fled Cuba in 1992 and has since produced dozens of works that have been featured in galleries and museums across America and the globe.
On Jan. 23, the center will host an exclusive art experience with Guerrero, beginning with a meet-and-greet reception at 5:30 p.m. at 209 West Remington Ave. At 6:30 p.m., Guerrero will lead a two-hour painting class where he will challenge artists to channel feeling into expressionistic art. Tickets to this one-of-a-kind event cost $25. Space is limited.
"Antonio is passionate about his art,” said Mathis. “I want every artist to experience it! I have dreamed of this for Thomasville.”
Saturday evening’s festivities at the center for the Arts kick off at 6 p.m. with the unveiling of Guerrero’s exhibition in the Main Gallery and the Artist Collective’s “Spice” exhibition in the Library Gallery. Works from both galleries will be for sale or commission, and complimentary wine and cheese will be provided. Following the event, Guerrero’s works will be on display through Feb. 28 in the Warehouse Gallery at Studio 209, and selected works from Artist Collective members will hang in Grassroots Coffee on South Broad Street.
At 7 p.m., guests are invited into the center’s theater for a Spicy Latin Review with South Georgia Ballet. Inspired by Cuba’s dance culture, the review will feature choreography by Tyrone Brooks of Dance Theatre of Harlem,and Jeffrey Smith of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, as well as Katherine Tokarz, Emily Loftiss, Ashley Dezeeuw-Adams, Melissa June and Emily Chapo, with live music directed by Thomas University’s Karl Barton. General admission tickets cost$25 for adults and $15 for children.
After the performance, guests are invited into the Main Gallery to dance the night away with Michael Pozo, to music provided by Michael Gregg. Guests will sip exclusive Latin-inspired cocktails by Alchemy, and a cigar bar will be provided by J’s Wine and Spirits.
To purchase tickets, learn more about “Hot Havana Nights,” the schedule of events or to become a center member, visit www.thomasvillearts.org.
About Thomasville Center for the Arts
The Thomasville Center for the Arts, formerly the Thomasville Cultural Center, opened in 1986. The new Thomasville Center for the Arts seeks to enrich, inspire, create, soothe, provoke, and connect through artistic experiences. The Center has three locations: the historic East Side School building at 600 East Washington Street, 116 South Broad Street and 209 West Remington Avenue. They can be reached by calling (229) 226-0588, or online at www.thomasvillearts.org.