The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts is a premier regional arts center located in downtown Valdosta, GA, offering a wide variety of art experiences to citizens of Valdosta, Lowndes and surrounding Georgia counties, and North Florida. The six light-filled galleries offer a diverse selection of works by regional and national artists in approximately thirty exhibits annually. Two of the galleries house permanent collections, including a 600-piece East African art collection and over 30 pieces of antique European Fine Porcelain. With its state-of-the-art kitchen, the Center is available for private rental for events such as wedding receptions and business gatherings, and contains a gift shop with one-of-a-kind items by local artists. Items in the gift shop include pottery, jewelry, prints, original works of art, note cards, books and cd’s, stained glass, wood carvings and much more.


The earliest organized support for the arts in Valdosta began in 1903 with the City Opera House, the previous occupant of the site of the Lee Street Baptist Church. In the 1920’s a group known as “The Videttes” met at city hall, then located at Hill Ave. and Ashley St. The group grew in size and influence through the years, becoming known as “Arts, Inc.” and meeting in various churches, schools and homes with the goal of promoting the arts in the region.

The Lowndes-Valdosta Arts Commission was chartered in 1962 as an outgrowth of Arts, Inc. It was reorganized in 1978 as a private non-profit corporation. Following a successful campaign in 1993, LVAC purchased and renovated the former first State Bank and Trust building. Former Georgia Senator Loyce Turner gave a significant gift to the Center to be named in memory of his late wife, Annette Howell Turner. The new Center was completed in April 2003 and houses six galleries in 17,000 square feet of space. In addition, the Center houses two classrooms, a meeting room, a gift shop showcasing local and regional artists’ works and a state-of-the-art kitchen for culinary classes. The Center has become an integral gathering place for social, business and nonprofit functions.


527 N. Patterson St., Valdosta, GA 31601

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Cheryl Oliver (Executive Director) [email protected]

Cheryl began her tenure at the Turner Center in March 2008 as Interim Executive Director and assumed the position of Executive Director in July 2008. A native of Quitman, she attended Valdosta State (College) and now lives in Lake Park with her husband, Jack, and dog, Sammye. Her favorite vacation spot is their cabin in the North Georgia Mountains. She is a member of Lake Park United Methodist Church where she serves as a Sunday School teacher. Interests include (but are not limited to) sports, gardening, fishing, music, travel, entertaining and all aspects of the arts.

Bill Shenton (Artistic Administrator) [email protected]

Bill became part of the Turner Center’s family in June 2009. He is a Valdosta native married to Anne Wilhoite Shenton. Bill received a B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia in 2004. As creative administrator, his duties include booking artists, creating gallery displays, giving tours of the galleries and developing promotional material for Turner Center events. Bill enjoys painting, cooking and any opportunity to be in a boat, especially salt water fishing.

Roy Fricks (Office Administrator) [email protected]

Meredith C. Nuckols (Communications Administrator) [email protected]

Meredith joined the Turner Center team in April 2017. She manages all communication efforts including membership, marketing, website, and social media for the Turner Center. She received a BFA in Studio Art and a BFA in Art Education from Valdosta State University. Meredith lives in Valdosta and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, blind cat, and two diamond dove birds. She loves creating art, cooking, traveling, and all things music.

Debi Davis (Arts Education Administrator) [email protected]

Debi joined the Turner Center in August of 2016. She develops classes and workshops for the Turner Center as well as coordinates art talks, workshops and activities for various school groups.  She has a BFA in Art and an MAE degree both from Valdosta State University. She is also a retired art educator with 25 years of experience in the field of education. Debi lives in Lowndes County on multiple acres of trees and a pond. She loves to create jewelry, read, watch movies, and sit on the deck with a glass of white wine listening to the frogs on a warm evening.

Darby Boruff (Administrative Assistant) [email protected]

Darby recently graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art. She specializes in painting, drawing and ceramics, and she hopes to attend graduate school to receive her MFA with a focus on those areas. Besides art, she is interested in playing guitar and dance.

Jordan Dunn (Administrative Assistant) [email protected]

Jordan Dunn is a Senior in the Nursing Program at Valdosta State University. She will graduate in December 2017 with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Her plans are to then get a job in an Intensive Care Unit and get her Masters of Science in Nursing in order to become a Nurse Practitioner. She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her dog.

Christian-Luc Maurer (Administrative Associate)

2016-2017 Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission Board of Directors:

Bob Goddard – President
Jeani Synyard – Vice President
John Bennett – Treasurer
Sarah Soshnik – Secretary

2016-2017 Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission Board Members:

Susan Allison
John R. Bennett
Keith Blevins

Nathan B. Brown, Jr.
Jennifer Carter

Michele Corbitt
Annette Crosby
Tina Folsom, Esq.
Robert A. Goddard, III
Rev. Peter Ingeman
Judge H. Arthur (Mac) McLane

Dr. Lai Orenduff
Jennifer Powell
Sally Turner Querin

Kenneth T. Ricket
Pam Scruggs
Katy Shaw
Bruce Smith

Sarah Soshnik
Jeani Synyard
Suzanne Taylor
Dr. Betsy Thacker
Mala Vallotton
Nancy Warren

2015-16  Executive Board Roster

Susie Altman
Rosemary Brannen

Jane Burgsteiner
Jennifer Carter
Susan Crago
Denise Seidel Dwozan
Leah Harrison
Sallie Honeycutt

Sherrill Lahr
Margaret Mittiga
Brooke Moreno

Patsi Peacock
Vicki Ray
Careen Shapiro, President
Cathie Smith

Sarah Soshnik
Suzanne Taylor
Helen Tucker
Julie Van Ham

Board Members Emeritus

Sylvia Ator
Lena Bosch

Become a member of the Center for the Arts Guild

The Center for the Arts Guild supports the Art Center in many ways including: Art Ambassador, Hospitality, Education/Outreach, Fundraising/Events, and Membership/Publicity. Interested in getting involved in another way? Let us know!



Daily Visitors (counted): 1582


Art Walk Meeting: 1/5

House Committee Meeting: 1/12

Azalea Festival Meeting: 1/17, 2/21, 2/28

Governance and Nominating Meeting: 1/17

Education Committee Meeting: 1/23, 2/21

American Soundtrack Meeting: 1/27, 2/21

PAAC: 1/30, 2/16, 3/16

Visual Arts Committee Meeting: 1/11, 2/1

CAG Meeting: 1/4, 2/1, 3/1

Tuesdays Together: 3/24

Finance Committee: 1/19, 2/23, 3/23

LVAC Board Meeting: 1/23, 2/27, 3/27

Presenter Series Meeting: 3/8

Staff Meeting: 1/23, 2/22, 3/29

Weekly Classes:

Yoga: 12

Dean Little Drawing: 12

Dean Little Painting: 10

Snake Nation Writers Group: 10

Monday Morning Pottery: 3

Monday Evening Pottery: 5

Tuesday Pottery: 6

Wednesday Pottery: 2

Hal & Jill Project: 4; 5 – Echols Co. High

Art Explorations: 16

Photo-editing: 7

Single Meeting Classes:

January Kids’ Pottery: 14

January Adult’s Pottery: 10

February Kids’ Pottery: 14

February Adult’s Pottery: 15

March Kids’ Pottery: 15

March Adults’ Pottery: 16

Ron Thomson Painting Workshop: 6

VMS Service Learning: 36

Receptions and Events

Gallery Reception / Draw Project 1/9: 250

Arbor Day Celebration 2/17: 78

Youth Art Month Reception 2/26: 1000

Thomas Pandolfi Piano Concert 1/24: 85

Thomas Pandolfi Kids’ Concert 1/25: 200

CAG Bridge Luncheon 2/6: 100

Bodacious Music in the Gallery: 2/9: 100

Our Soldier Screening 3/2: 60

Rental Events

Carlan Fricks’ Pottery Birthday 2/4: 14

Jones Wedding 2/19: 115

Stifel Seminar 2/22: 30

Rotary Wine Tasting 3/16: 200


Moody AFB Pre-k Tour: 1/24

Moody AFB Pre-K Tour: 1/26

Julie Bowland VSU: 2/2

Frontline Academy: 2/7 – 5 people

LHS Art Talks: 2/8 – 71 people

St. Johns: 2/10 – 20 students

LHS Art Talks: 3/2 – 74 people

LMS Art Talks: 3/13 – 98 people

Edward Mobley Tour: 3/16 – 55 people

Greater Valdosta Home Schoolers Art Talks: 3/16 – 30 people

Media Outreach

Facebook: 1,944 followers-up 113 “likes” (people who follow our account)

Twitter: 800- Up 59 followers

Pinterest: 79 followers- up 3 followers

E-Blasts: 141 new contacts, 3579 total contacts

Website Traffic

Sessions:  1,580

Users:  1,225

Page Views:  4,368

Bounce Rate:  50.95%

Organic Search:  662

Pages/Sessions: 2.76

Chamber Referrrals

August ROI- The Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce measure referrals each month to help us know how the Chamber has promoted our business. Referrals include walk-ins, telephone and mail recommendations. Hits represent the number of times your business listing has been brought up on our Web site directory.

  • referred 77 times since joining the Chamber.
  • 993 hits for the month of October
  • 8740 hits since the beginning of the year.