Dear Friends of the Arts,

The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts hosted its latest Gallery Opening on Monday, August 3, which features “Bright” by Jill Bright, “Cutting Nature” by Lucrezia Bieler, “Lux et umbra: Monochrome Musings of a Middle-Aged Medic” by Thomas Phillips and “Hometown Heroes” by Javon Longieliere.

A Brass Rubbings Collection of medieval tomb rubbings created by Barbara Weise-Lehmann is on display in the Roberta George Gallery, and the Turner Center’s Fine European Porcelain permanent collection is also on display in the Howard Gallery.

This original art graces our seven galleries and most of it can also be admired in the sales galleries on this website or purchased by art enthusiasts. The current exhibition will remain open for FREE public viewing during the Turner Center’s business hours through September 16: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Because we deeply care for the health and safety of our patrons, artists, members and other stakeholders, the Center will continue to practice the following safety precautions for the duration of the current exhibition and until future notice, including but not limited to the following:

    • Center staff is committed to adhering to necessary sanitizing procedures to maintain a clean and safe experience within the galleries.
    • Until further notice, a limited number of people will be allowed into the galleries at one time and are required to wear a mask for the safety of others, while also maintaining the 6-ft social distancing guidelines.
    • Staff will conduct non-contact temperature checks during events with more than 20 people.
    • Patrons will be allowed to enjoy all first-floor galleries and restrooms, all of which are sanitized regularly; however, no one will be permitted into any other areas of the Center.
    • Self-sanitizing stations are also located throughout the galleries.
    • As always, patrons who need special assistance may contact the Center at 229-247-2787 to make those arrangements.

We are thrilled to be open for business, and staff is hard at work to keep you creatively engaged and to reintroduce some of our popular art classes and activities, as well as continue our Music in the Art Park concert series, every second Friday of the month through November.

The arts enrich our lives, communities and culture, and will also be instrumental in getting us to a new normal. As the arts hub for our area and region, we will be here with the creative and innovative programs, events and experiences that you’ve come to expect from the Turner Center for the Arts.

In the meantime, we commit to communicating through the many informative pages on this website and our other digital platforms. Be sure to visit us often to stay informed.

On behalf of the Turner Center staff and the Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission Board of Directors, we appreciate you and hope to see you soon!

Sementha Mathews, Executive Director