Thomasville Wildlife and Art History Come to Life During Annual Festival


For the twenty-second year, Thomasville, Georgia, is celebrating nature and the arts in the form of the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival. This year’s festival, comprised of 14 events, runs from Nov. 9 through 19.

The event’s inception was inspired by the history of Thomasville’s vibrant plantation community and a time when sporting and wildlife artists traveled to the plantations to pursue their passions. The festival founders have taken great pride to produce events that pair Thomasville’s cultural history with the aspirations and requisites of great wildlife artists and art collectors. Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival is one of the annual events that benefits the Thomasville Center for the Arts.

With something for everyone, the 11-day festival includes the free Wildlife Encounters on Sat., Nov. 11, followed by the Red Hills Rover Rally and Afternoon in the Field on the 12th.
The unveiling of “Chicken Hawk” by sculptor Paul Rhymer will take place on the 14th at From the Pines to the People: Bronze Dedication and Reception.
On Thursday the 16th, let your passion come to life at the Women of Wildlife, a painting class led by two prestigious festival artists. That evening, a panel discussion and showcase of Southern food and hospitality will be celebrated at Out of the Woods: Cocktails & Conversations.

The finale weekend kicks off Friday with the Fine Art Show Preview Party and Art After Dark. Saturday begins with the Fine Art Show and Sale at 10 a.m. and the Floral Composition Workshop at 10:30 while kids can get their creative juices flowing with Beguiled by the Wild at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The festival’s final evening event is the always-popular Bird Dog Bash featuring Bleu Burden and a quick-draw art auction. The festival comes to a close on Sunday the 19th with the underwriters-only After the Hunt Brunch.

For specifics on each event including location, prices and how to become an underwriter, visit

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