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Sementha Mathews

Elke Schultz Joins Turner Center Staff

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Elke Schultz has joined the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts as its Events and Member Relations Administrator, effective May 2, 2022.

In her new role, Schultz will orchestrate Center events such as Music in the Art Park and other concerts, ARToberfest and other community events, Venue Rentals, and other special events. Under the direction of the Executive Director, Schultz will be responsible for engaging and communicating with the Center’s growing membership base, and working with other staff members to build positive and lasting relationships that grow the Center’s mission. Read More

Turner Center Announces Inaugural Recipient of the Lena Bosch Lifetime Achievement Award at 35th Spring Into Art Gala

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The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts announced Bill Sineath as the inaugural recipient of the Lena Bosch Lifetime Achievement Award at the 35th Spring Into Art Gala, on Monday, April 14.

Bruce Smith, president of the Lowndes-Valdosta Arts Commission (LVAC) and Sementha Mathews, executive director of the Turner Center, presented the prestigious award to Sineath, in the memory of Lena Bosch, an individual who exhibited outstanding, creative, innovative, and visionary leadership in the advancement of the arts in our community. LVAC created the award to annually honor people who embody Lena’s passion and spirit for the arts through the Turner Center. Read More

Turner Center presents a Free Concert in the Art Park

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The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts presents the Lloyd Carter Band on Friday, April 22, from 7-9 p.m., in the Turner Center Art Park, located at 605 N. Patterson Street. The concert, sponsored by Bush Wealth Management, is rescheduled from March and is the second concert in April as part of the Music in the Art Park series.

The concert is free to the public, and community members are invited to bring their blankets or lawn chairs to this family-friendly and pet-friendly event, and relax in the park enjoying some great music. King of R&B is the on-site vendor for this event.

Heavily influenced by artists like Keith Whitley, Steve Perry, Kenny Rogers and Conway Twitty, Carter has a sound that crosses over various genres of music. More about Carter’s music, bio, and merchandise can be viewed at

“The main purpose for creating the Music in the Art Park Concert Series three years ago continues to be to highlight the great musical talent in our local area,” said Executive Director Sementha Mathews. “We have a great lineup of bands for our patrons to enjoy this year, and thanks to our local business sponsors, the concerts are free.”

The Music in the Art Park concerts take place on the second Friday of every month, March through November, from 7-9 p.m. Local businesses interested in sponsoring a concert or those wanting more information should call the Turner Center at ­229.247.2787 or visit As always, patrons who need special assistance may contact the Center to make arrangements.

December 16 PAAC Meeting Canceled

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The Valdosta Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) has canceled its December 16, 2021 meeting. The next regularly scheduled PAAC meeting will take place on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

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.

PAAC meets on the third Thursday of each month, and meetings are open to the public. For more information about the PAAC, call 229.247.2787.

Turner Center Seeks Nominations for Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

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The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts is accepting nominations for the Lena Bosch Lifetime Achievement Award. This inaugural award will recognize individuals who have exhibited outstanding, creative, innovative and visionary leadership in the growth and advancement of the arts in our community through involvement with the Turner Center.

The award was established in 2020 to recognize Bosch’s lifetime of contributions to the Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission (LVAC), the Turner Center, and to the overall arts community. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2022. Read More