Thomasville Center for the Arts (TCA) continues to celebrate 24 years of the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival, with the Fine Art Show & Sale this weekend, and a host of workshops and parties too.
This year, over 60 artists from around the country will fill all three stories of the historic TCA building with paintings, sculptures, photography, and jewelry. Outside under the majestic oaks, an artisan market will stand, filled with leather goods, silk scarves, sporting attire and more. Scout’s market is a wonderful place to gather, nibble on delicious bites from the café, and listen to the sounds of strumming banjos with your family, all while checking out the show.
Join TCA this weekend, November 16-17 for a show that is not to be missed — and come Friday, November 15 for a first viewing at the black-tie Preview Party. This year, the Plantation Wildlife Arts committee tapped sculptor Liz Lewis from Bozeman, Montana as the featured artist. Lewis’ love of nature and work in the outdoors as a fly-fishing guide and shooting instructor is reflective in her art — when she got her first block of clay, she felt a sense of freedom she didn’t feel with other two-dimension mediums. Lewis prides herself in attention to proportion and scientific accuracy, while still interpreting the finer elements of the subject.
Her bronzes often tell a story. Sometimes it’s a scene frozen in her memory that she shares from life as a guide, as a hunter or even just as a dog owner. She loves to showcase a particular moment of truth and leaves the rest to the viewer’s imagination. Be sure to check out her pieces, specifically created for the Thomasville show.
Beyond viewing the art, the fine art show makes for a great family outing. On both Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Thomasville art instructor Karen Stauffer will teach “Beguiled by the Wild,” a youth art class perfect for kiddos ages 5-12. On Sunday at 11:30 a.m., Durrell Smith of The Gun Dog Podcast will share insights and conduct demonstrations on bird hunting, dog training and upland preservation. These activities are free with door admission.
There are ways to enhance the Plantation Wildlife experience, with two additional workshops and two incredible parties. Come paint at the Women of Wildlife Workshop with Liz Lewis and fan favorite painter Amy Lay or learn to make a beautiful arrangement at the Creative Covey workshop, with floral and lifestyle designer Christy Hulsey, owner of the Colonial House of Flowers. Boogie the night away in boots and jeans at Saturday’s Bird Dog Bash and for first dibs on the art, come dressed to impress in black tie Friday evening at the Preview Party. These are all ticketed events — be sure to grab them before they sell out.
For more details on all the events or tickets, head to pwaf.org. The Fine Art Show and Sale is presented by Synovus; it is open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $15 entry at the door — kids 12 and under are free. All proceeds benefit Thomasville Center for the Arts, which serves as a catalyst for artistic expression, arts education for all and a creative economy to the Red Hills community and beyond.
Thomasville Center for the Arts serves as a catalyst for artistic expression, arts education, and creative economy in Thomasville, Georgia and the surrounding region. The Center has two locations: the historic East Side School building at 600 E. Washington St. and in the heart of the creative district at 209 W. Remington Ave. For more information visit thomasvillearts.org.