The Turner Center for the Arts’ Blog is a resource for all things “art and community” related in South Georgia and North Florida. Topics could range from what’s happening at the center, upcoming gallery offerings, featured artist interviews, staff interviews/spotlights, board member and instructor spotlights, the Center for the Arts Guild, profiling our upcoming Broadway shows and other regional happenings.

Valdosta Photographer Documents Frontline Heroes

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Amidst the tragedy and fear that has surfaced due to COVID-19, one local photographer is documenting the unsung heroes who have also surfaced as beacons of light behind the masks.

Javon Longieliere, photographer/owner of Javon Longieliere Photography and photography instructor at the Turner Center for the Arts, is capturing life in the moment.

“My goal with this project is to spotlight the members of our community who are sacrificing tirelessly to keep our own part of the world healthy, fed and running properly,” said Longieliere. “I am creating simple portraits of our frontline neighbors so that I can showcase the fighting and selfless spirit that they demonstrate to the rest of our community.”

Longieliere said these are not glamour shots; these are real portraits of local people in a worldwide crisis. They are our neighbors, our family doctors and nurses, our local government leaders, our grocery store workers, law enforcement personnel, sanitation workers, etc., all rising from their everyday duties into the battlefield.

As Longieliere utilizes his professional skills to document this time of our community’s history, each of his subjects receive a digital copy of his or her images as a token of his personal appreciation for their services.

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Turner Center for the Arts Provides Youth Art Bags to Beat the Quarantine Blues

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Painting, drawing and other creating arts are some of the best ways to cope with the quarantine blues, and the Turner Center is here to help! While doors are temporarily closed, Turner Center for the Arts is providing the youth of our community a way to be creative. Swing by the Center’s main building PARKING LOT on Wednesday, April 1, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., to pick up youth art bags, filled with colored pencils, paints, chalk, a sketch pad and other art-related supplies, including story writing activities and stickers provided by the South Georgia Regional Library. The art bags are sponsored by Guardian Bank, a longtime partner of the Center, and are available on a “first come – first served” basis until bags are gone. Simply drive up and a staff member, protected with gloves and mask, will hand you the art bags you need.

Turner Center Reschedules Spring Into Art

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The Turner Center for the Arts has rescheduled the opening of the 33rd Annual Spring into the Art Exhibition to Monday, May 11, allowing artists an additional four weeks to create outstanding works of art that the community has come to expect at this event.

“We have adjusted our schedules—as everyone is having to do—on account of the coronavirus pandemic and in consideration for the health and safety of others,” said Executive Director Sementha Mathews. “In the weeks ahead, we will continue to monitor conditions and will make additional adjustments as necessary.”

Spring Into Art, the Turner Center’s largest exhibition and fundraiser of the year, traditionally features more than 200 regional artists and showcases more than 400 original works of art. The entries will be accepted and displayed within the Turner Center’s elegant gallery space at 527 N. Patterson Street. All artwork will be available for purchase and are eligible to win award prizes totaling $6,000.

The artist entry deadline is Thursday, April 16, and the entry fee is $40 for one piece or $60 for two. Delivery of the art work is scheduled for April 23-25 and 27-28.

“We have received a flood of calls and emails from artists concerned about the original scheduling of Spring Into Art. The outreach has shown us that the artists, for whom the exhibit was created to support, have strong desires to continue this annual tradition,” said Curator Bill Shenton. “We are so grateful for the artists’ continued support and participation in Spring Into Art, and we look forward to celebrating the art in life with our community on May 11.”

The Center is also currently welcoming sponsors for the 33rd annual event. All Spring Into Art sponsors are listed in the exhibit program, on the walls of the Turner Center galleries, on the Center’s website, and in other printed and online materials to show appreciation for their commitment to the arts.

Additional information about artist deadlines, sponsorship opportunities and revised Spring Into Art schedule may be found at here.

PUBLIC NOTICE – PAAC Meeting Canceled

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March 19 PAAC Meeting Canceled

The Valdosta Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020, has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The next meeting is scheduled for April 16, at 11:30 a.m., 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.

Classes Cancelled Through End of March

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In consideration for the health and safety of our patrons and guests, the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts has cancelled all of its classes through March 28. All facilities are closed; however, staff is accessible by phone and email and all center-related information is posted at

We’ve been keeping up with the troubling news of how quickly and severely the Coronavirus is spreading, and we are trying to figure out how to keep our doors “open” while keeping them shut. Beginning today, Turner Center staff will post daily art engagement activities to keep our homebound audiences of all ages entertained and engaged via social media and website posts. We thank our local artists and art teachers who are also supplying us with inspiring information to share with you. We hope it will bless you as much as it does us to serve you.

According to the Americans for the Arts, the arts are fundamental to our humanity. They inspire us and foster creativity, goodness and beauty. The arts bring us joy, help us express our values, and build bridges between cultures. The arts are also a fundamental component of a healthy community, strengthening them socially, educationally, and economically—benefits that persist even in difficult social and economic times.

As always, thank you for your support. Most importantly, please be safe as you make your own decisions for personal health and safety. Our community will endure this, as we’ve done many other incidents, by praying and working together.

Turner Center wins the City of Valdosta 2020 Preservation Award

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The City of Valdosta’s #GAArborDay Ceremony at Valdosta High School was a huge success! Thank you to Mayor Scott James Matheson for the proclamation. A Southern Live Oak Tree was planted right outside the gymnasium at VHS. This year Valdosta celebrated 34 years as a Tree City USA! During the ceremony, the Turner Center for the Arts was awarded the Preservation Award for their Art Park Project. Read More

PAAC Meets February 20

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The Valdosta Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) will meet on Thursday, February 20, 2020, 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

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