Schedule of Experiences
This year we are celebrating in a WILDLY different way. Instead of one full week of events, we are sprinkling the season with Wildlife Arts Festival experiences that celebrate the flora and fauna of the Red Hills Region and hosting a 2-month exhibition that showcases some of the country’s most esteemed wildlife fine artists.
Please read the descriptions of each experience for full detail on how we have packaged the festival to support the artists who are core to mission, while making every effort to safeguard our friends, Underwriters, artists, patrons and volunteers during these unique times.
11.6.20 – 11.22.20 | Walk on the Wild Side | Downtown Thomasville
Take a walk on the WILD SIDE! We are working with regional artists to create a 4-part public art walk that includes 25 – 12′ x 12′ flora & fauna murals, flora paintings depicting regional plants and flowers curated in partnership with Tall Timbers that will be wrapped around light poles by 25 local artists, floral installations at the storefronts and windows of participating downtown merchant stores by Thomasville Garden Clubs that will all be up to enjoy through most of November.
11.6.20 – 2.15.21 | Tree Rings | The UnVacant Lot | 217 W Jackson St., Downtown Thomasville
The UnVacant Lot is transforming again and this time to honor the long leaf pine forests that make our area of the world so special. Join us for a look inside a Joe Cowdrey landscape.
11.6.20 – 12.12.20 | Scouts Artisan Market – Downtown | 209 W. Jackson St., Downtown Thomasville | Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
This year we may not be gathering at a Fine Art Show Preview Party, or spending the weekend under the oaks at Thomasville Center for the Arts but, we are excited to open a 5 week retail pop-up shop that will carry the work and creativity of 20+ festival artisans for sale through the season.
11.13.20 – 1.10.21| Migration Exhibition + Sale | Thomasville Center for the Arts
The Migration Exhibition + Sale is a 2-month exhibit of the 25th Festival’s featured painter, Tom Swanston, and works from 17 festival featured artists from the past. Tom Swanston, Thomas Brooks and Vivian Jendzio will be at the Center November 13th for a first-look private gallery tour for Underwriters, and our other featured artists are having their work shipped securely to the Center to be on exhibit and for sale through January 10th.
The Center’s Galleries are open to the public for tours Tuesday – Friday, 10 am through 4 pm and on 2nd Saturdays.
11.14 .20| Women of Wildlife Art Workshop | Adult Art Workshop | Thomasville Center for the Arts | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
The class size may not boast as many spaces as it typically would but guest Artist and Designer Natalie French is sure to help you fill your walls with floral watercolor originals you’ll learn how to create during our brunch included visual art workshop.
11.14.20| Beguiled by the Wild Youth Art Workshop | Thomasville Center for the Arts | 11 am and 1 pm
Karen Stauffer will guide youth ages 5-12 on a journey through wildlife silhouette gilded and layered painting, inspired by the work of featured painter, Tom Swanston.
11.19.20 | Creative Covey Floral Workshop | Adult Floral Workshop | Thomasville Center for the Arts | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Learn how to artfully arrange premium blooms and regional flora into a centerpice that will impress guests throughout the holiday season with guest floral designer, Canaan Marshall. Spaces are limited.
11.21.20 | Rover Rally | Location to be revealed to attendees | 10 am
Red Hills Rover Rally is a guided off-road trail riding adventure through some of Thomasville’s most iconic and historic private properties with curated stops along the way — the perfect setting for enthusiasts to mingle and admire the classics during our 25th Annual Wildlife Arts Festival. This year we are excited to welcome Durrell Smith of the Gun Dog Notebook as our guest hunting dog demonstrator during our morning stop.
Please select the individual experience from the drop down menu for registration and scheduling options.
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