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.
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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.
Roy Fricks (Office Administrator)
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.
Rebecca Miller (Communications Administrator) [email protected]
Rebecca joined the Turner Center team in February 2013. She manages all communication efforts including membership, marketing, website & social media for the Turner Center. She lives in Hahira with her husband, Chris and their spoiled dog and cat. She has an adorable seven year old step son. Rebecca enjoys spending her free time cooking, gardening, boating and spending time with family.
Darby Boruff (Administrative Assistant) [email protected]
Darby is the newest member of the Turner Center team. She has 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.
2016-2017 Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission Board Officers:
Bob Goddard – President
Jeani Synyard – Vice President
John Bennett – Treasurer
Sarah Soshnik – Secretary
2016-2017 Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission Board Members:
John R. Bennett
Nathan B. Brown, Jr.
Rev. Peter Ingeman
Dr. Stephen Lahr
H. Arthur (Mac) McLane
Dr. Lai Orenduff
Kenneth T. Ricket
Dr. Betsy Thacker
Dr. Ron Zaccari
2015-16 Executive Board Roster
Careen Shapiro, President
Julie Van Ham
Board Members Emeritus
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.
CENTER ACTIVITY & USAGE
Daily Visitors (counted): 1582
Public Art Advisory Committee: 5/26
Azalea Festival Committee: 6/21
Center for the Arts Guild: 4/6, 5/4
Education Committee: 4/27
Finance Committee: 4/8, 5/19
LVAC Full Board Meeting: 4/25, 5/23
Visual Arts Committee: 6/1
American Soundtrack Comm: 4/27, 6/7
Fay Hyatt Painting: 6
Snake Nation Writers Group: 15
Monday Morning Pottery: 3
Monday Evening Pottery: 6
Tuesday Pottery: 7
Wednesday Pottery: 2
* – Average attendance
Crazed Canvas: 4/23
Children’s Pottery Workshop: 4/16, 4/23, 6/18
Spring Into Art Gala: 630
Pianist of Peace: 33
Art Explorations Spring Reception: 26
Valdosta Rotary North Blind Wine Tasting: 84
Sam Pacetti Guitar Concert: 65
Gallery Opening Reception: 153
VSG Champagne Breakfast: 75
Whitman/Kohl Wedding: 36
Rebekah Strickland Piano Recital: 20
Dante Flowers Piano Recital: 57
Taylor County 4H: 23
Berrien County Elementary: 120
Facebook: 1792– up 115 “likes” (people who follow our account)
Twitter: 739- Up 39 followers
Pinterest- 76 followers- up 1 follower
EBlast: 114 new contacts, 3450 total contacts
Radio Shows: Monthly
Page Views: 8,431
Bounce Rate: 3.66%
Organic Search: 639
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.