Welcome to a new year!

The Center’s opening reception is Monday, Jan. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., at 527 N. Patterson Street. Our first gallery opening of 2021 features the 14th Annual DrawProject Exhibition & Fundraiser, “She Said, She Said, She Said: A Collage Collective,” and the 2nd Annual Regional Artists Community Exhibition. Admission is free.

Artworks donated by area artists to the DrawProject fundraiser are auctioned at this annual event to support art scholarship programs at Valdosta State University. Due to COVID-19, this year’s auction will be a little different. There is an online auction platform for the bidding process, paired with a physical exhibition at the Turner Center. Sign up HERE to create your account and participate in the online auction event or visit turnercenter.org to access the auction link from your desktop. The bidding begins at 5 pm EST on Monday, Jan. 11 and is open through Monday, February 22.

Also featured are several artists from Connecticut, Maine and Georgia — Evelyn Davis-Walker, Amy Tingle, and Julie Graves Krishnaswami with “She Said, She Said, She Said: A Collage Collective,” present a collection of Graphic Design, Mixed Media, Fabric Art and Encaustic works. The 2nd Annual Regional Artists Community (RAC) Exhibition is also showcased. RAC is an exclusive Turner Center group of local and regional artists and this annual showing is a membership perk.

The Turner Center’s permanent European porcelain and African Artifacts collections are also on display in the Howard Gallery and Tillman Gallery, respectively. The Center also features a Gift Shop which contains original art made by local and regional artists. The Gift Shop is open any time the galleries are open.

Because we deeply care for the health and safety of our patrons, artists, members and other stakeholders, the Center continues to practice daily safety precautions, such as: maintaining a clean and safe experience within the galleries; limiting the number of people allowed into the galleries at one time; requiring all to wear masks for the safety of others; and also practicing social distancing guidelines. Staff conducts non-contact temperature checks during events with more than 20 people, and self-sanitizing stations are located throughout the galleries.

Enjoy the galleries, a host of classes, and events, all in the safety of our galleries. Browse our website for information about all we have to offer for your next art experience. We hope to see you soon.


Sementha Mathews, Executive Director