Message from the Chair

It was the revered Vincent van Gogh in the mid-19thcentury who urged us to “keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.” As I enter my second year as chair of the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival, I cannot help but delight in how this advice rings so very true among the Festival’s most loyal patrons. Over the course of the last 22 years, not only has the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival grown from an idea into a movement, but the Festival’s collectors and supporters have grown into fine art connoisseursand advocates for not only the arts, but also for our region’s unique ecosystem, natural habitat, historic landscape, and native wildlife.

I am pleased to warmly welcome our longtime friends back for the 23rdyear of PWAF on November 8-18, 2018, as well as invite new friends to experience the merging of art and the sporting life.

Joining us this year as the featured painter is Brett James Smith, originally of New Orleans. If there was ever an artist who merges today’s sporting experience with yesteryear’s sense of adventure, it’s Brett. Sportsmen nationwide collect his work because it’s not only visually exciting, but also authentic, displaying his intimate knowledge of “the gentleman’s sport of quail hunting.”

The featured sculptor, Chris Maynard, operates galleries in New York, Santa Fe, and Paris. His revolutionary take on carving will alter the way you think of sculpture. Chris’ medium is feathers, and his precision sculpting is accomplished with tiny scissors and magnifying glasses passed down through his family. With a diverse background in biology, ecology and art – and a passion for working with feathers dating back to his youth – Chris’ work speaks directly to Van Gogh’s directive.

As always, a whole host of events are in the works for the 2018 Festival. You won’t be disappointed. In fact, you will continue to be intrigued, educated and entertained. On behalf of Thomasville Center for the Arts, I’d like to be the first to ask for your support as an Underwriter. Your patronage directly benefits the Center for the Arts’ mission to serve as a catalyst for artistic expression, arts education, and the creative economy in the Red Hills region. I can’t wait to see you in the fall!


Kate Sullivan Scovil
23rdAnnual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival Chair