Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival

Weeklong celebration overtakes Thomasville



Photo by Daniel Shippey

Right up the road in Thomasville, the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival is gearing up to kick off this November! The festival is a weeklong celebration that brings over 60 wildlife artists and artisans and many others to the Red Hills region. This year, the festival turns 21. 

Expect to see lots of public art in downtown Thomasville’s Creative District, including woodland creatures in the trees of West Jackson Street, all designed by regional fiber artists participating in the wildlife yarn bomb, “Furry & Feathered.” Florida State University art professor and local artist Linda Hall will present a soft sculpture exhibit along with 13 of her students. A mural, created by TCA’s public art team in collaboration with Tallahassee artist William Lamb, will also be downtown and there is still more, all conveying a visual wildlife story on the streets of Thomasville.

Take the family to “Afternoon in the Field” at Pebble Hill Plantation and watch a flight show featuring live birds of prey. Take in a shooting exhibition with Beretta’s Travis Mears, and grab a bite from the Red Hills Market offering local foodie favorites from both Thomasville and Tallahassee.

Your morning could start early at the Red Hills Rover Rally, a drive through some of Thomasville’s historic and private plantations. Later on, take part in an Orchard Pond Organics cocktail challenge. The day will be capped off with a JJ Grey & Mofro concert with opener Parker Millsap – the show sold out last year, so be sure to get tickets!

During the week of the Art Show, there are workshops for both painting and floral arrangements, an intimate cocktail party with Southern tastemakers Julia Reed, James Farmer, and Ann and Sid Mashburn, black tie parties and a blue jean Bird Dog Bash with Tallahassee’s The Groove Merchants!

Photo by Alicia Osborne

There is truly something for everyone and it all comes together with a giving spirit. All Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival proceeds benefit the Thomasville Center for the Arts, which is dedicated to enriching the creative life of the Red Hills Region through visual, performing, literary and applied arts. 

Take the drive from Tallahassee and check out it all out!

November 10

Art in the Open Public Art Walk, with Furry & Feathered Wildlife Yarn Bomb, “Uncaged” Installation & The Little Bird Project Unveilings, FSU art teacher Linda Hall’s Exhibition Opening and Fiber Art Demonstrations, all in downtown Thomasville’s Creative District on West Jackson Street. Powered by Hurst Boiler in partnership with Lowe’s.

November 11:

The Longleaf Affair Dinner with Master French Chefs Jonathan Jerusalmy of Sea Island and Nico Romo of Charleston. A black tie evening in Pebble Hill’s exclusive main dining room, capped off with a Game of Chance. Presented by Wellington Shields & Co. 

November 13:

Red Hills Rover Rally, a back road driving experience through Thomasville’s historic plantations and rally at Afternoon in the Field. Presented by The Wright Group.

Afternoon in the Field & Concert with wildlife shows and live demonstrations, followed by an outdoor concert featuring JJ Grey & Mofro, all on the grounds at Pebble Hill Plantation. Presented by Thomas County Federal.

November 17:
Women of Wildlife Painting Workshop with 2016 Featured Painter Lyn St. Clair and South African artist Michelle Decker at Studio 209.

On the Hunt Floral Composition Workshop with St. Simons Island’s The Vine event designers Bryce Vann Brock and Kelly Revels at Studio 209. 

Out of the Woods Cocktails & Conversations with Julia Reed, James Farmer and Ann and Sid Mashburn at Ten Oaks, a local, lovely Thomasville home.

November 18:

Opening Night Fine Art Show Party at Thomasville Center for the Arts. Get a first glance at the show with catering by Southern Jubilee and libations by J’s Wine & Spirits. Presented by Commercial Bank. 

Photo by Alicia Osborne

Bird Dog Bash at Pebble Hill Plantation’s Sugar Hill Barn. Live music with Tallahassee’s The Groove Merchants, southern fare by Southern Bleu Catering and libations by Bird Dog Bottle Co. Presented by Commercial Bank.

November 19 & 20:
Sporting & Wildlife Fine Art Show & Sale at Thomasville Center for the Arts.

For times, tickets and more info, head to pwaf.org or call 229.226.0588