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Saluting Country Royalty

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Broadway Stars and Presenter Series committee members were seen rubbing shoulders with stars Patsy Cline and Hank Williams after “Country Royalty – A Salute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline” at Mathis Auditorium! Get your tickets now for “JERSEY BOYS,” Thurs., Mar. 12 at 7:30 p.m., which is the last show in the 2019-2020 Presenter Series season. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Pictured, first row, l-r: Sementha Mathews, Mala Vallotton, Jennifer Powell, Jane Burgsteiner, Linda Grondahl, Gail Bliss as “Patsy Cline,” Jane McLane, Jeani Synyard, Sherrill and Steven Lahr; second row, l-r: Mike Shobe, Tina and Brad Folsom, Cheryl Oliver, Nancy D. Warren, Billy Grondahl, Jason Petty as “Hank Williams,” H. Arthur McLane, Gail and Walter Hobgood.

Not pictured are: Millie Adams, Stephanie Blevins, Dean Brooks, Roy and Cheryl Copeland, Susan Dukes, Mary and Tom Gooding, Lucy Greene, Richard Hill, Peter and Happy Ingeman, Sara and Ed Lamb, Sally Turner Querin, Chuck Ramsey, Cindy Tolbert, Patricia Vigerstol, Evelyn and Steven Walker, Susan and Butch Wiggins, Clarence and Eddie Wiggs, and James Willis.

PAAC meets November 21, 2019

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The Valdosta Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) will meet on Thurs., Nov. 21, 2019 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. Read More

Turner Center Presents New Gallery Collections

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Three new exhibits were unveiled during a free, public reception Monday evening at the arts center.

The Turner Center for the Arts presented the fine arts collections of Natalie Andreeva, Inside Out: Celebrating Women in Art, and the RAC (Regional Artists Community) inaugural group exhibit, as well as the literary works of author Steve McCurdy, in a free Gallery Opening Reception on Monday, Nov. 4, from 5-7 p.m. Read More

Turner Center Cuts Ribbon on City’s First Art Park

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Celebration held at 2nd Annual ARToberfest, Oct. 26

Local artists and their works are featured at ARToberfest 2019, this Saturday, October 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual event will be held at the newly-created Turner Center Art Park, located at 605 N. Patterson Street, Valdosta. Valdosta Mayor John Gayle, along with Turner Center board members, staff and park sponsors, will cut the ribbon at 10 a.m., at the Art Park Pavilion, located in the center of the park. Read More

Broadway shows top 2019-20 Presenter Series

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VALDOSTA- Music by Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson and Frankie Valli top the 2019-20 Presenter Series.

The arts center, and its support organization, Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission, has put together a Presenter Series of nationally touring, professional shows for more than 50 years.

Presenter Series fans can look forward to three nationally touring productions in the coming months, said Nancy Warren, who co-chairs the Presenter Series committee with Tina Folsom, and Sementha Mathews, arts center executive director.

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Javon Longieliere named Turner Center’s 2019 Art Instructor of the Year

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The Turner Center for the Arts held its second annual Art Instructor of the Year Reception on July 29. The center employs more than 20 art instructors throughout the year.

Photography instructor Javon Longieliere has been an instructor at the center for nearly two years, teaching more than 113 students to date in both beginner and advanced photography sessions.

Longieliere has been aptly named as the center’s 2019 Art Instructor of the Year.

“I learn and experience just as much as these students do each time we get together for a class,” said Longieliere. “We have so much fun and really learn what each others needs are, which make the classes very mutually beneficial. Now that I’ve started with the center, I just can’t imagine not doing this every week.”

Longieliere is renowned for his destination wedding photography and his continual support of his craft throughout the region. He has published a book titled, “Destination Weddings” and more recently was published in Digital Photo Pro magazine.

At the reception, Lowndes-Valdosta Arts Commission Board President Jeani Synyard, Executive Director Sementha Mathews and Art Education Administrator Debi Davis each publicly thanked the teachers and instructors for their time and dedication to the Turner Center for the Arts, noting that the center’s goals and overall mission would be impossible without each of them.

For information about classes and events, contact the center at 229-247-2787 or visit

Photo caption: Pictured L to R: LVAC Board President Jeani Synyard, Arts Education Administrator Debi Davis, 2019 Art Instructor of the Year Javon Longieliere and Executive Director Sementha Mathews during the Art Instructor Reception Monday evening at the Turner Center for the Arts.

Turner Center Announces 2019-2020 Broadway Shows

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Presenter Series Co-Chair Nancy DeRuyter Warren (center) and Co-Chair Tina Folsom (right) reveal the Broadway shows included in the 2019-2020 Presenter Series season to Valdosta Daily Times Executive Editor Dean Poling. The announcement, written by Poling, will appear in the Sunday, July 28 issue of the Valdosta Daily Times. Season tickets sales will begin on Monday, July 29 with a blockbuster “buy two, get one free” special that will run through Aug. 31. For more information, visit or call 229-247-2787.

PAAC Meets July 18

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The Valdosta Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) will meet on Thursday, July 18, 2019, 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.

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, 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 under “Upcoming Classes” on the main homepage.