Thomasville Times Enterprise

April 8, 2014

Downtown Moultrie festival April 18-19

Staff report

MOULTRIE — The Spring Fling and Back Yard BBQ Festival will be April 18-19 in Downtown Moultrie. This year’s festival will have a larger area and more vendors. 

The City of Moultrie’s Main Street announced that the Colquitt County Arts Center will play a large role in the 2014 festival. Together with the city, the art center is sponsoring a new event for the 2014 Spring Fling Festival.  A fine arts juried exhibition and artists demonstrations will be showcased for the enjoyment of people of all ages.

Fine arts exhibitors feature Walter Hobbs with ceramics; Clare Pearson, watercolors; Russ Bulter, assemblages; Kathy Nelson, painting; Rueben  Flanaga, paintings; O. L. Samuels, folk art; Randy Gibbs, watercolor; and Harvie Ann Cox, watercolor. Awards totaling $1,000 sponsored by the Arts Center will given to selected artist for overall best of show, first place two dimensional and first place three dimensional.

 The juror for the competition is Steve Hinton, who graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Art History.  His accolades include 2002 Georgia Artist of the Year. He has numerous works in private, corporate and museum collections. He is past president of the Albany Museum of Art, served on two accreditation committees for the museum and is currently a member of the executive board. His paintings and drawings examine and portray the social character and fabric of southern culture in a whimsical, satirical and humorous manner. His figurative and narrative landscapes isolate and transform family, friends and strangers into archetypal personas.

The artists demonstrations include Russ Taylor’s handmade guitars, Georgia Southwestern University glass blowers under the direction of Charles Wells, Valdosta State University Ceramic Department, Glenn Simmion’s wire sculpture, O.L. Samuels’ folk art carving, Sally Shovar portraits and art medium demonstrations, Karen Sasine’s community mural project, and David Ragsdale’s chair caning. The Community Mural Project is sponsored by the local Sherwin Williams Paint Store.

“This is a great opportunity for our community to see the works of fine artists, talk to the artists and watch the demonstrations of the artists producing fine works of art. The Colquitt County Arts Center is pleased and excited to partner with Amy Johnson, Main Street director, and the City of Moultrie,” said Jane Simpson, arts director with the Colquitt County Art Center.

The Spring Fling & Back Yard BBQ Festival kicks off April 18 with a free concert featuring the Kinchafoonee Cowboys at 8 p.m. The festival will continue April 19 at 9 a.m. with all of the artists, plus arts and crafts, entertainment, kids activities and more.

For more information on the festival, please visit or call 229-890-5455.

These new events are educational and present quality artworks in exhibition and interesting demonstrations. The event is coordinated by the staff of the Colquitt County Arts Center. Visit the website at www.colquittcounty arts and come by to see free great exhibitions. 229-985-1922