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.


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)
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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:

Susan Allison
Barry Belanger

John R. Bennett
Keith Blevins

Nathan B. Brown, Jr.
Jennifer Carter

Ben Copeland
Michele Corbitt
Annette Crosby
Susanna Dover
Tina Folsom
Bob Goddard
Rev. Peter Ingeman
Dr. Stephen Lahr
H. Arthur (Mac) McLane

Dr. Lai Orenduff
Jennifer Powell
Sally Querin

Kenneth T. Ricket
Pam Scruggs
Carreen Shapiro
Katy Shaw
Bruce Smith

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

Dr. Ron Zaccari

2015-16  Executive Board Roster

Susie Altman
Rosemary Brannen

Jane Burgsteiner
Jennifer Carter
Susan Crago
Leah Harrison
Sherrill Lahr
Margaret Mittiga
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!



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.



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

Weekly Classes:

Yoga: 9

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

Single Meeting Classes:

Crazed Canvas: 4/23

Children’s Pottery Workshop: 4/16, 4/23, 6/18

Receptions and Events

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

Rental Events

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

Media Outreach

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

Website Traffic

Sessions: 1,503

Users: 1,076

Page Views: 8,431

Bounce Rate: 3.66%

Organic Search: 639

Pages/Session: 5.61

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.