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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.

Calloway Wins Military Tribute Public Art Naming Contest

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The Valdosta Public Arts Advisory Committee (PAAC) and the Turner Center for the Arts recently awarded Molly Calloway a gift certificate for winning the Military Tribute Public Art Naming Contest. Calloway’s name suggestion, “Wings of Freedom,” was selected from among dozens of entries.

“The highly-visible monument located at Freedom Park has remained nameless, since the public event for the Military Tribute Public Art, held on Nov. 11, 2019,” said PAAC Chair Bruce Smith. “Everything was literally set in stone, with the exception of its name. The PAAC voted to hold the naming contest to further engage the public in this particular piece and in the arts community in general.”

The statue, an 11-feet high mosaic work that includes historical images fired on ceramic tiles, was created by Thomasville Artist Marty Haythorn, with some additional help from the community, as tribute to the men and women who have served in the armed forces in protection of our country.

Calloway said that she decided to name the art piece “Wings of Freedom” because of the way the eagle is displayed on top of the monument with fierce beauty and strength. She said she enjoyes viewing the photos of military heros depicted in the tiles on the monument, many of them affiliated with Moody Air Force Base and those who have once served at Moody.

“’Wings of Freedom’ just came to me in seconds, and the name seemed fitting,” she said. “I’m very honored and thrilled to be a small part of a really wonderful public art piece that honors our military.”

Calloway participates in Veterans Day events every year, and said she believes it’s important to continue to pay tribute to people who continuously fight for our country.

“I think we all need to be aware of those who defend and protect those freedoms that we all enjoy, and that the freedom came at a price. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet seen the monument to go visit Freedom Park, because it really is a very unique piece. I hope it is a community treasure years to come.”

For more information about similar events in the arts community, contact the Turner Center for the Arts at 279-247-2787.


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

In Honor of Black History Month

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More than half a century ago, the Makonde tribe sculpted and created beautiful artifacts that were used as communication tools, to improve fishing and hunting skills, and to ward of illnesses. Today, those same artifacts are displayed at the Turner Center for the Arts where anyone can come and observe them free of charge. Read More

Saluting Country Royalty

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Broadway Stars and Presenter Series committee members were seen rubbing shoulders with stars Patsy Cline and Hank Williams after “Country Royalty – A Salute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline” at Mathis Auditorium! Get your tickets now for “JERSEY BOYS,” Thurs., Mar. 12 at 7:30 p.m., which is the last show in the 2019-2020 Presenter Series season. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Pictured, first row, l-r: Sementha Mathews, Mala Vallotton, Jennifer Powell, Jane Burgsteiner, Linda Grondahl, Gail Bliss as “Patsy Cline,” Jane McLane, Jeani Synyard, Sherrill and Steven Lahr; second row, l-r: Mike Shobe, Tina and Brad Folsom, Cheryl Oliver, Nancy D. Warren, Billy Grondahl, Jason Petty as “Hank Williams,” H. Arthur McLane, Gail and Walter Hobgood.

Not pictured are: Millie Adams, Stephanie Blevins, Dean Brooks, Roy and Cheryl Copeland, Susan Dukes, Mary and Tom Gooding, Lucy Greene, Richard Hill, Peter and Happy Ingeman, Sara and Ed Lamb, Sally Turner Querin, Chuck Ramsey, Cindy Tolbert, Patricia Vigerstol, Evelyn and Steven Walker, Susan and Butch Wiggins, Clarence and Eddie Wiggs, and James Willis.