Local author to sign novel copies at Gallery Opening Reception

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The Turner Center will host local author Michael Orenduff at a free Gallery Opening Reception on July 29, from 5-7 p.m.  The Gallery Opening will also feature a solo exhibition by Buddy LaHood and the biennial Withlachoochee Quilters Guild exhibit. “The Pot Thief Who Studied Edward Abbey,” Orenduff’s eighth book in the The Pot Thief series, will be available for purchase during the reception as well as in the gift shop following the event, and all proceeds will benefit the Turner Center, thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Orenduff. For more information about the upcoming opening reception or other Turner Center events and workshops, visit turnercenter.org, call 229-247-2787 or visit 527 N. Patterson Street, Valdosta.

 

Turner Center Hosts Art History in a Nutshell

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The Turner Center for the Arts will host Art History in a Nutshell, a two-day workshop focused on the “big hitters” in art history. Instructor Connie Wells has prepared a take-home handout that will allow attendees to take notes in class as well as retain the information afterwards. Wells said the goal of this class is to “give everyone a sense of wonder at the art that changed how we see [art] and the artists that showed us how to see in a new way. I also hope to unlock the door to the mystery that we all see [art] differently and how we look at art is a treasure in itself. No secret code, learned handshake, or amount of education can alter this mystery.” Art History in a Nutshell will take place on Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23, from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., at the Turner Center Art Annex, 601 N. Patterson St. For more information, including cost, call 229-247-2787. Registration is also available at turnercenter.org under “Upcoming Classes” on the main homepage.

Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission welcomes new board members

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The Lowndes-Valdosta Arts Commission (LVAC) is proud to announce the appointment of five new board members who will each serve a three-year term, beginning in the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Joining an existing Board of Directors comprised of 30 members are (pictured in front row, from left) Roni King Strickland, Jennifer Powell, Nancy McGee, Cheryl Oliver and Allen Lehmann. Also pictured in second row is LVAC Board President Jeani Synyard and Turner Center Executive Director Sementha Mathews.

“We are excited to have these talented, like-minded individuals on our team, officially,” said Synyard. “These key players have been instrumental in the growth of the Turner Center and we have no doubt they will continue being strong advocates for us and the arts community.”

The LVAC also said farewell to Rev. Peter Ingeman (pictured with Synyard, LVAC Board President), but he will only be missed at monthly board meetings. Rev. & Mrs. Ingeman continue to be influential, treasured members and volunteers of the Turner Center.

For more information about the Lowndes-Valdosta Arts Commission and the Turner Center for the Arts, please visit turnercenter.org, call us at 229-247-2787 or visit us at 527 N. Patterson St.

A complete list of board members can be found here.

Sizzlin’ Summer Sessions: Creative Classes for Ages 13-18

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The Turner Center for the Arts announces it’s final week of summer classes with sessions dedicated to youth ages 13 and up. Sizzlin’ Summer Sessions is a single week of t-shirt design and screen-printing classes, smartphone photography and a modern craft class teaching processes for jewelry making, macramé and other hands-on crafts. Students and parents are encouraged to take advantage of the “buy two sessions, get the third free” promotion, which will allow students to bring their lunches and spend their day at the center. More information including pricing can be found at turnercenter.org, by calling 229-247-2787 or by visiting 527 N. Patterson St.

Smartphone Photography 101

Build Fundamental Skills: learn about composition, image quality, editing tips and more

 

Design-a-T

Create computer-generated images and print them on t-shirts, aprons or canvas totes

 

Mixed-Modern-Craft

Develop fundamental skills in wire work jewelry, macrame and other modern crafts

Youth Create their Summer at the Arts Center

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Dozens of local youth have participated in the 2019 Summer Art Class season at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts, in classes ranging from traditional painting and pottery to digital art and culinary. With only two weeks left in the season—July 8-12 and July 15-19—parents are encouraged to register their children ages 5-12 for the classes before they fill up. A complete class list can be found at turnercenter.org. Call 229-247-2787 or visit us at 527 N. Patterson St. for more information.

When Technology and Art Collide

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By Abigail Murphy, Turner Center Summer Intern

With the continuous intrusion of technology in nearly all aspects of life, art can now be created digitally. The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts is offering digital art classes for kids throughout the summer in two different time blocks: 10 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Digital Art Instructor Becca Waterman uses Microsoft Office Paint and Photoshop to introduce students to the technology and the art process, to inspire them to create, and to help them develop their own styles utilizing brushes, blending and layering of colors.

The classes, already into the fourth week of the summer art program, are open to kids with various levels of experience. Each week the classed are focused around a theme to give some direction with the projects designed to help students “put themselves in their artwork.”

“I definitely do think it’s important for artists, especially kids, to make work about themselves,” she said.  “Literally including themselves in the work somehow is an interesting and direct way to do so.”

During the week of July 8, Oceans will be held in the morning and All Around the World in the afternoon. All Around the World offers a project on China with dragons and motifs and a project on African patterns and textures. Similar to other classes, All Around the World will incorporate some history in the lessons.

During the week of July 15, Summer Fun and The Dream World will be offered. Summer Fun will feature projects on fun things that took place over the summer, something the students love about summer, and the ideal summer activity. The Dream World projects will explore sleeping dreams, as well as the students’ hopes and dreams.

With each class, Waterman makes time for students to present their projects. At the conclusion of the classes, students receive printouts of the artwork they created.

“I want them all to show each other and talk about it,” she said. “They are not just thinking of the art, but they have to think of a story or explanation behind it, as well.”

She said art is always shifting with new mediums. Now that computer programs have become more accessible, so has the ability to form art with them.

“Artists have the ability to take anything and bring it into the art world,” Waterman said.

For more information about the Digital Art classes or other kids’ summer classes at the Turner Center, visit www.turnercenter.org or call (229) 247-2787.

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Make your mark on Valdosta Public Art

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The Turner Center is excited to host another set of workshops along with mosaic artist Marty Haythorn in the construction of the public art piece that will honor the men and women who have served our nation and core military values they uphold. Community members, veterans and their families are encouraged to make their mark on a piece of Valdosta Public Art.

Eight workshops will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 26-29, with two sessions each day, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. The first four workshops (June 26 and 27) will be held in the Turner Center’s Art Annex, 601 N. Patterson St. The final four workshops will be held at Freedom Park, 3795 Guest Road.

For more information, please contact the Turner Center at 229-247-2787.

Turner Center Offers Free Yoga Classes to Enrich Daily Life

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Written by Abigail Murphy, Turner Center Summer Intern

Every Wednesday at 6 p.m., the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts offers a free yoga class open to inspire patrons through the art of good health and relaxation.

Yoga Instructor Roberta George began offering the class while she was the art director at the Turner Center in the early 1990s. Eighteen years later, George is still teaching the yoga class to a regular following of yoga enthusiasts, as well as new patrons; and the class is still offered at no charge to attendees.

“It’s been a free gift to me, and so I want it to be a free gift to anybody,” she said, referring to a man who years ago taught her yoga at no charge.

According to George, Yoga is a physical discipline, an art form that can be thought of similar to dance since it’s an expression of the body and allows for a creative energy to be found. She said, anything that makes people healthier or stronger allows them to be more creative, increasing their appreciation of other people and other art forms.

George remembers a man who lost his two-year-old daughter. He was so angry at the world, and the only thing that kept him from giving up on life was physical exercise. George said his running allowed him to breathe in more oxygen, allowing him to open up in a way he couldn’t before. Countless other stories from friends and patrons reveal their personal stories of coping with challenges and enjoying life at greater levels. George said that is what yoga and other physical activities are about: allowing people to open up in new ways.

“I’ll teach a class. I’ll do the breath of fire [a yoga breathing technique] driving home, and when I get out of the car, I’m ready to clean the house and write the novel,” she said, adding that everyone’s experience is different, but for her yoga gives her strength.

George said when you feel physically strong, your mental state is stronger, too. Yoga can help with longevity in general because it’s giving attention to the body, she said.

“It has saved my life physically and mentally,” she said.

It can also clear the mind allowing for more creativity to flow, becoming a tool for creativity and connecting a person’s physical, mental and spiritual senses, she said.

The yoga classes draw a different audience to the Turner Center, some who have been taking the classes faithfully since George has been teaching them.

Ingrid Carroll, a yoga attendee, said she has been taking the yoga classes at the Turner Center for two to three years. She said she feels very comfortable in class since the movements are simplistic and yet effective. Carroll said she enjoys the class because people of any age can enjoy its benefits.

“Yoga is relaxing and helps people feel better overall,” George said.

For more information about free yoga classes at the Turner Center, visit www.turnercenter.org or call (229) 247-2787.

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Military Tribute Public Art Project- Community Workshops, Valdosta, GA

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The City of Valdosta’s Public Art Advisory Committee and the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts invite the general public to help create the mosaic section of a public art piece honoring the men and women who have served our nation and core military values they uphold. Community workshops have been scheduled for June 4, 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts annex, 601 N. Patterson St. The final monument will be unveiled on November 11, 2019. Registration is free and open to anyone middle school age and older. Call the Turner Center for the Arts to register at 229-247-2787.

#cleanYOURblock- Great American Cleanup Day in Valdosta, Georgia

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Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful, the City of Valdosta, Lowndes County, the City of Hahira, and the Annette Howell Turner Center For The Arts are joining forces with several local organizations and volunteers for the Great American Cleanup.

“This year we will again be working multiple sites,” said H. Aaron Strickland, Executive Director of Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful.  “We have cleanups and projects planned in the City of Valdosta, Lowndes County, Hahira, and at the Turner Center For The Arts .  Since we are having multiple sites for this event, we are asking those who would like to volunteer to call or email the K.L.V.B. office so they can be assigned to one of the locations.  This method allows us to plan effectively for volunteer placement.”  The Great American Cleanup will take place from 8:30 a.m.—noon on Saturday, April 27.  “We’re hoping for at least 100 volunteers. We’ve got a lot to do. We are trying to improve our communities, and this is an event that everyone that can participate in,” said Strickland.

The Great American Cleanup, a grassroots beautification, litter prevention, and community improvement program, is the signature event of Keep America Beautiful.  Citizens wanting to volunteer can call Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful at (229) 671-3698 or email at [email protected].  Strickland says, “Remember, litter will not pick itself up.  Please come out and help our communities in need.”

 

Contact: H. Aaron Strickland

Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful

(229) 671-3698