THOMASVILLE— Yarn bombing is coming back this fall and Thomasville Center of the Arts (TCA) is on the hunt for fiber artists.

"Furry and Feathered" is a fiber art competition that celebrates wildlife and will take place during this year's Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival (PWAF). It is the first project within TCA’s newest public art initiative, "Art in the Open,"  to promote public art and stimulate economic growth in the new Creative District. Powered by Hurst Boiler and in partnership with TCA, City of Thomasville, Fuzzy Goat and Lowe’s, "Art in the Open: Furry & Feathered" is using the arts to promote the West Jackson Street corridor by sponsoring a wildlife yarn bomb.

This isn’t TCA’s or the community’s first yarn bomb. Five years ago, TCA tackled this public art trend with great success. The team has been waiting for the right time to bring a yarn bomb back to Thomasville. With the combination of supportive partners, the growing West Jackson Street creative district and the 21stanniversary of PWAF, this November seemed like the perfect fit, according to organizers. Expect to see “furry and feathered” woodland creatures in the trees on West Jackson Street this fall.

To bring this public art project to life, TCA is looking for fiber artists that will compete in teams (up to three people per team) or an artist can act solo. Each team will create a fiber art sleeve for a West Jackson Street tree trunk, and then will add embellishments of wildlife animals that are felted, knitted and created with any other form of fiber art. Cash prizes of $1,500 for best of show, $750 first place and $500 second place will be awarded to winners. The project will stay up through Dec. 12.

To sign up or receive more information, visit Fuzzy Goat or thomasvillearts.org.

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