Donation Requests for Public Art Mural Project

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Artist-in-Residence Donation Requests

The following items are needed for the classes conducted by Marty Haythorn, the Artist-In-Residence for the Turner Center for the Arts:

  • Hardwood sawdust
  • Wood Chips
  • Firewood, well-dried limbs & branches
  • Scrap wood from cabinet shops
  • Old wooden pallets
  • Salty driftwood
  • 55 gallon metal drum
  • 20-25 gallon metal drum
  • 5 gallon metal containers with lids
  • Cottonseed meal
  • Garden/yard/farm plant material
  • Fruit and vegetable peels (bananas are great!)
  • Dried leaves
  • Seaweed
  • Steel wool
  • Iron shavings (from machine shop)
  • Scrap copper wire
  • Copper dish scrubbers
  • Dog and cat food
  • Old dishes, variety of colors & patterns

If you have item(s) to donate, please call the Turner Center at 229-247-2787 with your name, phone number and item(s) to be donated.

All donations are greatly appreciated!!

Donated items will need to be delivered to the Hudson Building, 104 Webster Street, Valdosta, GA (across from the Turner Center) by the 27th of May.

Announcement for Artist-in-Residence Open Labs – Be A Part of Valdosta’s Cultural Art Heritage

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Be A Part of Valdosta’s Cultural Art Heritage  

Mr. Marty Haythorn, well known ceramic artist, from Thomasville, Georgia will be working at the Turner Center for the Arts during the months of May and June on a public art mural project that he has designed. Click here to read Marty Haythorn’s Bio.

The public is invited to participate in FREE open labs in the Hudson Building Ceramic Studio to assist in the creation of the mural. The Hudson Building is located across the street from the Turner Center for the Arts at 104 Webster Street, Valdosta, GA 31601.

The open lab times for May are:

  • Thursday May 1, 2-4 PM
  • Tuesday May 6, 6-8 PM
  • Tuesday May 13, 6-8 PM
  • Saturday May 17, 9:30-11:30 AM
  • Tuesday May 20, 6-8 PM.

Space for each open lab is limited, and participation will be on a first come first serve basis. To reserve space for a specific lab day and time, please call the Turner Center for the Arts at 229-242-ARTS (2787).

More open lab times will be announced for June.

In addition, there will be two free Seminars scheduled, which are open to the public. The first seminar will be on the Artistic Traditions of America’s First People and the Second will be on the History of Bas-relief Sculpture and Mosaics. Two 2-hour workshops will follow the week after each seminar.  More information on dates and times will be available soon.

American Music Abroad Application are now open!

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Application Criteria

  • Each musician must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and either hold or be able to obtain a valid U.S. passport.
  • Applying ensembles must be either trios, quartets or quintets (3-5 people).
  • The diversity of traditional American genres we are seeking, includes, but is not limited to Contemporary Urban , Hip Hop, Rock & Roll, Punk, Heavy Metal, Indie Rock, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Country, Broadway Musical Theater and American roots music genres like Country, Gospel, Soul, Bluegrass, Zydeco, Cajun, Afro-Caribbean, Tejano, Southwestern American Conjunto, Native-American and Folk.
  • Each musician may perform with only one band.
  • No musical group or individual musician may participate in the American Music Abroad program more than 3 times in the last 5 years, including prior iterations such as The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad.
  • No more than two of the final ensembles chosen may be alumni of the American Music Abroad program.
  • Bands combining or crossing-over genres will be considered.
  • Successful applicant ensembles are required to demonstrate artistic integrity, musical ability, knowledge of American culture and music and a strong commitment to community and education programming.
  • Applicants must be amenable to rigorous traveling and performance conditions, as touring regions and itineraries may be challenging.
  • In addition to concerts and media appearances, selected groups will present educational activities that include, but are not limited to: workshops, classes and community outreach activities.

Selection Criteria

  • High artistic standards.
  • Demonstrated communication skills and the ability to communicate with diverse groups of vastly different age ranges, educational backgrounds, language abilities and levels of exposure to American culture and music.
  • Creative presentation of genre and education materials.
  • Demonstrated commitment to educational and community activities.
  • Experience and/or potential to thrive as cultural diplomats.
  • Ability to perform consistently and effectively in difficult touring schedules, climates and travel conditions.
  • Potential for successful completion of passport, visa, immunization and other preparations.

Learn more and apply on the American Music Abroad’s website.

Turner Center’s Holiday Calendar

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Sunday, December 22: CLOSED

Monday, December 23: CLOSED

Tuesday, December 24: CLOSED-Merry Christmas Eve!!

Wednesday, December 25: CLOSED-Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 26: 11am – 5pm

Friday, December 27: 11am – 4pm

Saturday, December 28th: 11am – 4pm

Sunday, December 29: CLOSED

Monday, December 30: 11am – 5pm

Tuesday, December 31: CLOSED-Happy New Year’s Eve!!

Wednesday, January 1: CLOSED-Happy New Year’s!!

Thursday, January 2: Resume Normal Hours

From all of us here at the Turner Center for the Arts, we wish for you and your family a joyous Christmas season and a new year filled with peace and happiness.

Call to Artists!

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If you are an artist, please consider donating a drawing of your to the annual Drawproject fundraiser exhibit. The funds raised from the auctioning of these artworks will benefit VSU art student scholarships.

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  • All works must be created on paper sized 15″ x 22.”
  • Artists may use paper of their choice or the paper provided for participants, which is available for pickup at the Turner Center for the Arts, the VSU art department’s front office and Classic Art and Frame.
  • Artists may use any medium of their choice; however, works should reflect an interpretation of the term drawing.
  • Deadline for entries is Monday, December 23, 2013.
  • Submit entries unframed at the Turner Center for the Arts or the VSU art department’s front office.
  • Questions may be directed to Bill Shenton at the Turner Center, 229-247-2787 or [email protected].

Valdosta State University Department of Art Annual Fundraising Exhibit & Auction: Monday, January 13, 5-7:30pm

Exhibition Dates: January 13th – February 19th.

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Visiting Artist-In-Residence Position Announcement

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The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts in Valdosta, GA is advertising a position for a visiting artist-in-residence. The position is designed for a ceramic artist who has had some experience with children and with large-scale pieces. Residence will be 4 to 6 weeks in winter or spring of 2014 depending on the availability of the artist. While in residence the selected individual will spend half of his or her time producing a body of work, which will be exhibited at the Turner Center in August-September of 2014. Additional duties will include maintenance of the studio and equipment, conducting seminars, demonstrations and/or workshops. One of the primary functions of the residency will be working with a small group of selected middle grades students from the Valdosta Boys and Girls Club to produce a piece of public art. All materials are furnished along with working space, per-diem allowance and generous stipend.

Interested artists should send a resume, examples of work and a letter of intent to:

Dr. J. Stephen Lahr, Visiting A-I-R Program Coordinator, Turner Center for the Arts, 527 N. Patterson St., Valdosta, GA 31601.

Initial contact may be made via email or by phone: email [email protected] or[email protected] or call 229-247-ARTS or 229-292-9307.

The Addams Family: Where are they now?

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This week is going to be an exciting week here at the Turner Center! Today we celebrate all those who serve, or have served, to protect our freedom! Happy Veteran’s Day, we honor you today and always!! Then on Thursday night, we welcome THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL to Valdosta! This HUGE Broadway hit makes a stop on it’s National Tour here in Valdosta for one night only! So get your tickets if you haven’t done so already!! Tickets are only $45/each and there is also a pre-show dinner catered by Coventon’s. Dinner starts at 6:00pm and the show starts at 7:30pm; both at Mathis Auditorium. Tickets are available online or by calling 229-247-2787! Come meet the family. We’ll leave the lights off for you…

Southeast Elementary Visits the Turner Center

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We had some very special visitors to the Turner Center today! We welcomed the first grade class from Southeast Elementary School for a field trip! The students received a VIP tour of our galleries by our Creative Administrator, Mr. Bill Shenton.  Bill shared all of our current exhibits with the students. Following the tour, the students were treated to cookies and lemonade for their wonderful behavior. A great time was had by all!!

This was all made possible by a donation from our Center for the Arts Guild. They used some of the funds raised for Art Educational Programming by their Gogh Green Art Resell. They provided the transportation and refreshments for the students.

The Broadway Boys LIVE in Valdosta

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The Broadway Boys LIVE in Valdosta 

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This is your last chance to buy your season ticket packages for all 3 of the 2013-2014 Presenter Series Broadway Shows! 

The season kicks off on Monday, October 7th, in true New York style with The Broadway Boys, a collection of the hottest male voices currently working on the New York stage! Valdosta is REALLY lucky to have such talent coming our way!

Through their unparalleled vocals, explosive energy, and modern arrangements, The Boys add elements of Pop, Funk, Gospel, Jazz, and Folk to show tunes and classic pop songs. Performing in groups of six, The Boys are able to explore harmonies rarely presented by Broadway singers, and are accompanied by a live band. This year’s Tony Award winner for Best Actor in a musical for Kinky Boots, Billy Porter is their director, and the group’s developer, Jacob Warren has close Georgia connections. He spent summers with his grandparents on St. Simons Island and has relatives in Waycross, Brunswick, Nahunta, Jesup and Atlanta.  And two other members of the The Boys hail from Georgia!

The Broadway Boys were created in June of 2005 to play a single night at a New York City club, but the overwhelming response evolved into the “symphony of sound” that they have become. Check out this video to see the Broadway Boys in action!

Individual tickets to the Broadway Boys are on sale. Good seats are going fast! Get your’s today online or by calling 229-247-2787. 
Student Discounts are available. $20 off an individual ticket with a valid student ID. Cash only. Call 229-247-2787 for student tickets. 

Your heart may palpitate…