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Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival kicks off in Tville


By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –Thomasville is celebrating its 15th Annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival this weekend.

The festival is considered one of the top art shows in the Southeast.

More than sixty of the nation's best wildlife and sporting artists are in town to display and sell their work. Some of them are even giving live demonstrations.

Wildlife art enthusiasts are flocking to Thomasville to meet the artists behind their masterpieces.

"It's such an honor and a privilege to be able to welcome these incredibly talent artists and painters and sculptors into our community," says Lori Everett, the director of marketing and events for PWAF. "And it's just a wonderful opportunity to meet these talented people."

For the past 10 years, painter Amy Poor has traveled from Oregon to participate in the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival.

"I fell in love with the people and I wouldn't miss it," she explains. "This is my favorite art festival."

Poor says she always leaves the Rose City full of inspiration.

"It's gorgeous. What I love about down here is just the mood. The big pine trees and the different animals like quail. We don't have those and now they're one of my favorite things to paint," she says. "I even got to go on a hunt before. So I love it."

Aspiring artists draw just as much inspiration from the festival's featured artists.

"I'm thinking to do something like that with my art," Yordany Tejeda told us after watching a Plein Air demonstration by artist Clive Tyler. "I have learned techniques using the chalk and it's something new here because nobody do it like that, here in an open area showing to everybody what he is doing."

"It's fabulous. He is so talented," Everett says of Tyler's work. "It's great to be able to watch him at work and see the skill he has. It's just amazing. It's surreal."

Some people even believe art is good for the soul.

"I think any art is very good for the spiritual needs of people," Tejeda believes. "Any generation, young and old, needs to see something like that."

And with the festival expanding into downtown this year, there are more opportunities to do just that.

The Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival continues all weekend.

A free trolley will run continuously between the Cultural Center and the Visitors Center downtown.

This year several exciting new events have been added to the Festival schedule:

Plein Air Demonstration by Featured Painter, Clive R. Tyler - At the Big Oak, corner of Crawford and Monroe Streets from 9 AM to 12 Noon on Friday, November 19th.

Art Shows & Sales - Thomasville Cultural Center (Washington St.) and Thomasville Visitors Center (Jackson & Crawford St.) from 10 AM to 5 PM on November 20th – 21st. 

Children's Art Walk – Children's art will be displayed in downtown windows during PWAF Weekend.

Junior Wildlife Art Exhibition – Art will be displayed on the sidewalks in downtown on November 20th.   Maps for the Children's Art Walk and Junior Wildlife Art Exhibition will be available at the Visitors Center and Cultural Center.

Saturday Soiree – The Saturday Soiree will be held at the Cultural Center from 7 PM – 10:30 PM and will include a quick draw auction.


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