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Turner Center Presents New Art Gallery Collections

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The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts will host a Gallery Opening Reception on Monday, August 3, featuring several local artists from Valdosta and Tallahassee. Artworks from the following are on display for the community to enjoy: Jill Bright’s collection of oil paintings titled, “Bright”; a photography collection from Thomas Phillips titled, “Lux et umbra: Monochrome Musings of a Middle-Aged Medic”; Javon Longieliere’s photography collection capturing “Hometown Heroes: A Valdosta, Georgia Story”; and Tallahassee artist Lucrezia Bieler’s artwork titled, “Cutting Nature.”

The Turner Center’s permanent European porcelain collection is also on display in the Howard Gallery.

The Center staff is committed to adhering to necessary procedures to maintain a clean and safe experience, which includes several self-sanitizing stations located throughout the galleries. Opening Gallery Reception attendees are required to wear a mask, or one may be purchased for $5 from the reception desk. In addition, non-contact temperature checks will be taken at the door.

The free gallery opening reception on August 3 is from 5 to 7 p.m. All exhibits will remain open for the public’s enjoyment through Wednesday, September 16, 2020. For more information, call 229-247-2787.

Turner Center Delays Opening of 2020-2021 Presenter Series Season

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The Turner Center for the Arts has delayed the opening of the 2020-2021 Presenter Series, which for over 50 years has featured three to five national touring shows annually for performing arts enthusiasts in Valdosta, Lowndes County and across the region. Concerns for the overall health and safety of patrons on account of COVID-19 have created obstacles to hosting the quality performances for which the Turner Center has become known.

The global health crisis forced Broadway to shut its doors through the end of 2020, and the majority of performing arts companies across the nation have followed suit. Due to the communal nature of performing art events, the Turner Center will wait until it can safely host large crowds again at the Mathis City Auditorium.

“The Presenter Series Committee is working hard to schedule a great season to kick off the year 2021, and we are extremely grateful to the patience and understanding of our season ticket holders,” said Executive Director Sementha Mathews. “No one is exempt from the conditions we are experiencing here and around the world. We look forward to resuming these large cultural events and the new Presenter Series season when it is safe to do so.”

To stay informed about the Presenter Series and all other Turner Center programs, visit www.turnercenter.org to sign up for the E-newsletter, or call 229-247-2787 (ARTS).

PAAC Hosts July 16 Meeting at Turner Center

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The Valdosta Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) will host their next monthly meeting on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. In order to practice social distancing, this public meeting will be held in the Josette’s Gallery of the Turner Center for the Arts, located at 527 N. Patterson Street. It is requested that each attendee wears a mask.

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.

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Turner Center for the Arts Presents Music in the Art Park, Summer Concert Series

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The Turner Center for the Arts will launch the first concert of its Music in the Park Summer Concert Series, on Saturday, June 27, from 7-9 p.m., in the Art Park located at 605 N. Patterson Street.

Sponsored by Happy Tailz Grooming Salon, the live concert features the Blues Factor Trio performing a mix of funk, soul and dance party music.

Community members are invited to bring their blankets or chairs and picnic, or choose carry out from several downtown restaurants, to this free community concert, and relax in the park while safely distancing and enjoying the music.

The Music in the Park concerts will continue on Friday, July 10, from 7-9 p.m., featuring a tribute to the late Jim Sineath and the Hot Grease Band. Several original members from this local band will reunite to perform some original music as well as the all-time favorites. This event is sponsored by Mackey Lumber. On Friday, August 14—same time, same place—the Dabbit Trio will perform for the community. This event is sponsored by IPG Incorporated.

For more information about attending the concert series or sponsoring one of the future concert events, contact the Turner Center at 229-247-2787, visit www.turnercenter.org or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Center for the Arts Guild Elects FY21 Officers

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The Center for the Arts (CAG) Guild welcomed four new board members and elected officers for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year, which begins July 1, 2020. CAG is intensely involved in supporting the interest in and rendering services to the advancement of the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts as the region’s art center hub.

At their May 5 meeting, the following individuals were elected as board officers for the new fiscal year: Jane Burgsteiner, president; Helen Tucker, past-president; Rosemary Brannen, recording secretary; Linda Grondahl, corresponding secretary; and Margaret Mittiga, treasurer.

The board also unanimously voted four new members to the board: Rena Barclay, Peggy Chitty, Jeneane Grimsley, and Krekoria Ward.

The CAG is currently accepting new members. Membership dues are $25 annually, and lifetime memberships are $500. All members participate in supporting the Center with art activities, gallery opening receptions, and fundraisers—such as the Food & Wine Classic—throughout the year.

On Oct. 5-7, 2020, the CAG will host a Gogh Green fundraiser at the Turner Center. The event will sell recycled art to help raise funds for Center programs. Individuals interested in donating their art works for the cause may email Jane Burgsteiner at jane01@bellsouth.net.

For more information about CAG, Gogh Green or to become a member, call the Center at 229-247-2787 or visit www.turnercenter.org.

 PAAC Hosts June 18 Meeting at Turner Center

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 The Valdosta Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) will host their next monthly meeting on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. In order to practice social distancing, this public meeting will be held in the Josette’s Gallery of the Turner Center for the Arts, located at 527 N. Patterson Street. It is requested that each attendee wears a mask.

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.

Valdosta Photographer Documents Frontline Heroes

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Brittanie Metzler_CNA/MA @ Valdosta Family Medicine

Brittanie Metzler

CNA/MA Valdosta Family Medicine

Brittni Harvey, LPN @ SGMC

Brittni Harvey

LPN, SGMC

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.

For more information, visit www.longieliere.com.

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.