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Adult Developmental Disability group travels to participate in art-learning opportunity at the Turner Center for the Arts

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The Turner Center for the Arts hosted an art-learning opportunity for 20 clients from Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Turner County, on Nov. 14. The department is broken down into six regions; and Lowndes and Turner Counties, among others, fall into Region 4. Art Education Administrator Debi Davis (pictured above) planned and led the group in a holiday-themed painting workshop. “I always try to make sure the students are introduced to at least one art concept per workshop. We have students from Valdosta that have been coming for almost a year that have picked up on a variety of art concepts and are really learning to apply them well,” said Davis. For more information on regional opportunities or local classes and workshops, please contact our offices at 229-247-2787 or visit turnercenter.org.

Turner Center features Cannady and Ludwig at Gallery Opening Reception

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The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts hosted a Gallery Opening Reception recently for Florida-based artists Jill Cannady and Tim Ludwig. Ronald Zaccari enjoyed conversation with Cannady (both pictured above) at the Nov. 5 event, which followed the successful six-week exhibit of Zaccari’s 50-year collection titled, “Faces-Vases-Places.” Turner Center donors, supporters and patrons were able to interact with the two new exhibiting artists at Monday’s event, while learning more about the art and the artists. The selected art works of Cannady and Ludwig will be on display until January 9, 2019. All galleries are free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the Turner Center for the Arts’ current and upcoming exhibitions, please call 229-247-2787 or visit them at turnercenter.org.

Turner Center offers FREE admission to The Choir of Man show for first responders

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The 2018-19 Presenter Series season kicks off tonight, Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Mathis City Auditorium.

In light of recent weather conditions, the Turner Center is offering FREE admission to tonight’s show for all Valdosta and Lowndes County police officers, fire rescue and EMT first responders.

Admittance will be granted to those in uniform and those who present a valid employee I.D. or badge. Tickets for additional guests will be admitted at the regular admission price of $50.

Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 5:30 p.m. prior to the show.

For more information, call the Turner Center for the Arts at 229-247-2787 or visit turnercenter.org

Hurricane Michael’s Impact on Turner Center Activities

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The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts will be closed on Wednesday, Oct. 10, for the safety of our staff and patrons and due to the weather-related event caused by Hurricane Michael. The center will resume normal business hours on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m., unless otherwise announced.

Classes—

All classes and workshops held at the Turner Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Oct. 10 and Thursday, Oct. 11 are cancelled. These include:

  • Yoga
  • Photography & Photo Editing
  • Dean Little’s Painting Class
  • Boys & Girls’ Club Art Exploration
  • Hal & Jill Project Guitar Classes

Presenter Series—

The Choir of Man is scheduled to take place at Mathis Auditorium on Thursday, with a pre-show dinner at 6 p.m. and the show at 7:30 p.m. We are staying up-to-date with the weather reports, and any changes or cancellations will be announced on the center’s website  at www.turnercenter.org and on our social media sites.

Turner Center Kicks Off National Arts & Humanities Month with ARToberfest, Oct. 6

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Nearly two dozen local artists will be featured at ARToberfest 2018, this Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held at the Turner Center for the Arts and the surrounding campus on N. Patterson and Webster Streets and will kick off National Arts & Humanities Month in the community.

Spanning three facilities, two large parking lots and a multi-use green space, the Turner Center will bring back the ARToberfest tradition that was celebrated nearly 20 years ago—when the Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission was located in the N. Patterson Street building that currently houses the Valdosta State University Bursary.

The main purpose of the festival is to celebrate the talent of local and regional artists and their contribution to our culture and community. Fine art will be displayed and sold on site under the cool tree canopy along the north perimeter of the center’s property. The event also features two artist demonstrations:  Angela Crance will demonstrate an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint project from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and Ethan Abbott will demonstrate a live portrait painting from noon to 2 p.m.

In addition, the center’s three facilities will host various activities beginning with the Ribbon Cutting & Open House of the Annex, at 601 N. Patterson Street, at 10 a.m. The Chamber of Commerce will recognize the renovations and building improvements to the first floor of the former Valdosta Optical building, which now provides additional classrooms and services for the Turner Center’s youth art program.

From 10 a.m. to noon, a youth pottery class will take place at the Hudson Potter Studio for those who register by Friday, Oct. 5. The main building at 527 N. Patterson Street will feature the 50-year collection of Ron Zaccari, whose work is also for sale on site.

At the concession stand, festival attendees may purchase a Sunset Farm Foods sausage dog, chips and a drink for $5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  During this time, attendees may eat and be entertained by the instructors and students of the Hal & Jill Project, a guitar instructional program of the center.

“We are particularly excited to host this event on October 6, as it also marks the two-year anniversary of the Valdosta City Council’s Resolution that created the City Center Arts District (CCAD) and acknowledges the district as an incubator for art business, art creation and economic development in the art industry,” said Executive Director Sementha Mathews. “October is also National Arts and Humanities Month, and the Turner Center plans to make this an annual event that brings the community together each October to celebrate the important role that the arts play in our culture and community.

Attendees may visit the Information Booth at Saturday’s event for a list of upcoming art classes and events, as well as a festival schedule of events. For more information, contact the Turner Center at 229-247-2787, visit www.turnercenter.org or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

PAAC Meets September 20

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PAAC Meets September 20

The Valdosta Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) will meet on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. The regularly-scheduled meeting will take place in the second-floor board room of the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, located at 527 N. Patterson Street.

The purpose of PAAC is to further the purchase, creation and appreciation of public art for its aesthetic value to the community. The PAAC also encourages the preservation and protection of works of public art which play a vital role in the economic development of the community.

For more information about the PAAC, call 229-247-2787.

Turner Center Brings Back ARToberfest Tradition

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The Turner Center for the Arts, in partnership with the City Center Arts District (CCAD) and the newly-created Regional Artist Community (RAC), will host ARToberfest 2018 on Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the art center’s campus at N. Patterson and Webster Streets.

In their current campus that spans three facilities, two large parking lots and a multi-use green space, the Turner Center seeks to bring back the ARToberfest tradition that was celebrated nearly 20 years ago—when the Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission was located in the N. Patterson Street building that currently houses the Valdosta State University Bursary.

“We are particularly excited to host this event on October 6, as it also marks the two-year anniversary of the Valdosta City Council’s Resolution that created the CCAD and acknowledges the district as an incubator for art business, art creation and economic development in the art industry,” said Executive Director Sementha Mathews.

The combined efforts of the CCAD and RAC, as well as the participation of more than 20 regional artists who have already signed up as event vendors, is to celebrate fine arts and the creators of fine arts in our community.

“We are so proud of the artists that work with us here at the center,” said Debi Davis, Art Education Administrator. “Our goal with ARToberfest and the Regional Artist Community is to better promote and support regional artists by giving them a platform to be recognized at the center and in the community.”

ARToberfest 2018 will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony of the newly-renovated Annex, located at 601 N. Patterson Street. Over the past two months, the first floor of the former Valdosta Optical building has been transformed into two large classroom spaces to meet the expanding needs of the center.

Following the ribbon-cutting and open-house of the Annex at 10 a.m., the festival will feature a variety of fine arts for sale by regional artists, several artist demonstrations, and entertainment. Attendees may also purchase lunch on site, which includes sausage dogs provided by Sunset Farm Foods.

Regional artists may continue to register for membership in the RAC, as well as a booth at the event. For more information, contact the Turner Center at 229-247-2787, visit www.turnercenter.org or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Ron Zaccari’s Fine Art Fills Turner Center Galleries

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The Turner Center for the Arts will host the fine arts collection of Ron Zaccari in a free Gallery Opening Reception on Monday, Sept. 17, from 5-7 p.m., marking the first time that a solo artist has been featured in all five rotating galleries at the Turner Center.

“Faces. Vases. Places. A Retrospective” will showcase Zaccari’s art work from 1968 to 2018 and include numerous works from private collections in the northeast and southeast United States.

Zaccari is esteemed for his professional career as a public school art teacher, art professor and higher education administrator, including presidential appointments at West Liberty State University, West Virginian and Valdosta State University. He has juried prestigious art competitions throughout his career and has received numerous awards from juried exhibitions.

After a Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis and hiatus, Zaccari testifies that the work completed over the past two year “saved my life.” He artistically coupled this personal experience with his superb ingenuity to create a unique and extraordinary collection for others to appreciate.

Zaccari will discuss his lifetime of creating art at a Gallery Talk, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 6-7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and includes light refreshments.

“We are extremely grateful to Zac for allowing us to host his prestigious collection of fine art for six weeks in five of our galleries at the Turner Center,” said Executive Director Sementha Mathews. “This is an once-in-a-lifetime collection of his work on display in one location for us to appreciate and celebrate. It is yet another testament to how incredibly blessed we are to have such impeccable, artistic talent in our community.”

The public is invited to experience Zaccari’s collection over the six-week gallery opening, from Sept. 17 through Oct. 31. For more information on the upcoming gallery opening or other services offered by the Turner Center for the Arts, please call 229-247-2787 or visit turnercenter.org.

Julie Smith named Turner Center’s 2018 Art Instructor of the Year

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The Turner Center for the Arts held its first Instructor of the Year Reception on Monday afternoon. The center employs more than 20 art instructors throughout the year.

Ceramics instructor Julie Smith has been an instructor at the center since 2014, teaching four to five classes weekly including throwing and hand-building pottery classes, empty bowls program, and ceramics on the road, as well as other specialty classes and workshops throughout the year. Hundreds of students across the city and region have benefited from her passion and talent.

Smith has been aptly named as the center’s 2018 Art Instructor of the Year.

“The Turner Center gave me the opportunity to resume pottery in an environment that I would have never thought I could. I started doing this for high school credit , and now here I am doing it for a living. Had it not been for the center, I’d still be wondering how to fire my pottery, instead, I’m sharing that knowledge with fellow artists every day,” said Smith.

Smith completed a degree in art in 1980 and went on to complete her masters in her minor study, archaeology. After nearly 33 years, Smith decided to give pottery another try and purchased a used potter’s wheel that she says is still in her den. She sat down to the wheel with a lump of clay from Hobby Lobby and in her own words: “…here I am. It’s like riding a bike, it doesn’t go away, thank goodness!”

At the reception, Executive Director Sementha Mathews publicly thanked the teachers and instructors for their time and dedication to the Turner Center for the Arts. For information about classes and events, contact the center at 229-247-2787 or visit turnercenter.org.

Turner Center Receives GCA Grant to Promote Southern Blues Culture

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Exhibit to be Featured in a Gallery Opening Reception, on July 30

The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts is the recipient of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) project grant to raise awareness of blues musicians and their music that have shaped our unique American culture. The cultural collection will be a featured exhibit in the free Gallery Opening Reception held at the Turner Center on July 30, from 5-7 p.m.

The regional arts center was one of 132 organizations throughout the state who were collectively awarded more than $1 million in funding, and one of 36 organizations to receive a project grant, which includes appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts for fiscal year 2019.

The $6,200 grant, which was matched by the Price-Campbell Foundation, will fund a We are the Music Makers! photography exhibit in the Turner Center’s Sallie & Harmon Boyette Gallery. The 30-panel interactive exhibit features photographs taken over the past 20 years by Music Maker Founder Timothy Duffy. Exhibit attendees will be able to use their smart phones to access We are the Music Makers! audio and video clips that draw attention to the southern musical traditions of the blues.

The grant will also fund the Music Maker Blues Review concert on August 11, at 8 p.m., at the Turner Center. The Music Maker Blues Review is an all-star band of veteran musicians who have worked with Ray Charles, B.B. King, and Clarence Carter, to name a few. This lineup of performers will include Georgia natives Eddie Tigner, Albert White, and the “Empress of Atlanta Blues” Sandra Hall. A limited amount of tickets will be sold for this event, which will also take place in the center’s Boyette Gallery.

Both of these exquisite events are the productions of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports, promotes and sustains American culture music by partnering directly with the artists who make it. Their photography exhibit and musical performances have been revered across the nation for drawing attention to an important aspect of our culture and for the financial assistance they provide for struggling blues artists—of which most are over age 55 and earn less than $18,000 annually.

“We are proud to bring these high-quality and educational experiences to our communities,” said Turner Center Executive Director Sementha Mathews. “We invite those in our immediate and surrounding communities to enjoy the music that has made us. We thank the Georgia Council for the Arts and the Price-Campbell Foundation for their financial support and for helping us make this exceptional event a reality for the people we serve.”

The July 30 Gallery Opening Reception takes place at the Turner Center’s main facility, located at 527 N. Patterson Street, in Valdosta, and will also include a collection of Katie Dobson Cundiff’s visual impressions, the Empty Bowl “Fight Against Hunger” fundraiser, artwork by the Southern Artists’ League, the East African Artifacts and Fine European Porcelain collections.

For more information, call the Turner Center for the Arts at 229-247-2787 or visit turnercenter.org.