Thomasville Times Enterprise

November 17, 2012

Festival offers thrill of the hunt

Natalie Fultz

THOMASVILLE — On Saturday, the Thomasville Center for the Arts was filled with hunters searching for the perfect prey to add to their art collections.

The 17th annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival (PWAF), set to conclude today, is full of fun for collectors, artists and volunteers.

The PWAF features 45 artists — including painters, sculptors, photographers and jewelers. There are also about 15 master craftsman showcasing jewelry, furniture, leather goods and turkey calls.

On Saturday, collectors were able to experience the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center (archery and air soft gun), Chehaw Park, Greathouse Butterfly Encounter, Gulf Specimen Mobile Marine Lab, Tallahassee Museum of Natural History, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, live music under the oaks, Birds of Prey Flight Show and guest speakers.

Don Weaver traveled from New Orleans for the sixth time to attend the PWAF.

“I enjoy coming to look at the wildlife art and talking to the artists,” he said. “I collect wildlife art, and I shut down the store that I had for 35 years just to go to shows like this one for the pleasure of meeting the artists and collecting the artwork. I really love the camaraderie of the artists and the  collectors at PWAF.”

See Sunday's edition for more details.