Valdosta Daily Times

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November 4, 2012

Center: Fine things with fine arts

-- — It’s no secret that the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts stays busy, but lately, the center has seemed to be the epicenter of busy.

Two weeks ago, arts center staff hosted and organized the visit of the professionally touring show “Nunset Boulevard” as part of its Presenter Series season at Mathis City Auditorium.

Center staff hosted a couple of hundred people to lunch and enjoy a presentation by a cookbook author.

The arts center has also enjoyed the presentation of “Flaunt,” a traveling exhibit of fashions created from recycled materials.  

From 5-7 p.m. today, the arts center holds a reception to open several new art exhibits which feature the stunning color pencils of Jeffrey Smart Baisden; Barrier Islands images by artists Mary Jane Volkmann, Brenda Hofreiter, and Nancy Moskovitz; hand-painted wildlife relief prints and oil paintings by Leslie Peebles. The reception also opens a new holiday season featuring the annual snow village in the children’s gallery, as well as the permanent collection pieces of East African art and fine European porcelain.

If that’s not enough, the center hosts the song show of “War Bonds,” presented by a professional performing husband-and-wife team. It is a 1940s revue that salutes the World War II era just in time for Veterans Day with a 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12, performance scheduled inside the arts center.

Cheryl Oliver, the arts center’s staff and board of directors deserve hearty applause for all of their works.

They do fine things with the fine arts.

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