2019’s Message from the Chair

A quarter of a century ago, three friends sat together, daydreaming.

Inspired by the rich history of Thomasville’s sporting plantations, Bob Crozer, Margo Bindhardt and Louise Humphrey shared a vision to bring wildlife artists to the Red Hills region in a way that celebrated and enhanced our already vibrant culture.

Thankfully, they were also friends of the Thomasville Center for the Arts. Together with the Center’s board, these individuals brought to life the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival, now in its 24th season.

We’ve come a long way since their vision was first formed, and have felt a deep sense of responsibility to carry forward with their intent to develop a reputation as a premier celebration of arts and culture in South Georgia and North Florida.

Each year the festival kicks off the opening of Bobwhite quail season.

PWAF is a week-long celebration filled with galas, concerts, field feasts, a sporting art show and the rare chance to see some of the region’s most beautiful private hunting plantations.

Establishing a devout following of artists and patrons that value the beauty and bounty of our unique corner of the world has been one of our top priorities, including our 2019 featured artist, Liz Lewis.

Liz draws on her life of sporting experience in Bozeman, Montana as a fly fishing guide, outdoor photographer, shooting instructor, avid bird and big game hunter, and equestrienne. She prides herself in attention to proportion and scientific accuracy, while interpreting the finer elements of the subject, effortlessly stirring emotions of the viewer.

PWAF is designed to pair Thomasville’s cultural history with great wildlife artists and collectors of today, while furthering a worthy cause – a more artful tomorrow.

What a fantastically rewarding adventure this has been for me to serve as the festival chair these past two years. I hope you will consider sharing this year’s journey with us as an Underwriter. Your support directly benefits the Center and their ability to deliver impactful experiences that ignite the imagination of an entire community.

I look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Kate Sullivan Scovil

24th Annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival Chair