By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
April 15, 2018
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Thirty-one years later and the "Spring into Art" show in Valdosta is still going strong.
Nearly 400 pieces are submitted by close to 250 artists to fill the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts.
The show features student and professional artists from all over the region. The pieces cater to a wide array of mediums, from painting to photography and jewelry making.
The show grows every year, and center staff said, so does the show's impact on the community, and that means more dollars coming to Valdosta.
"The arts in general, I think, are one of the measuring tools that you would use to decide on the value of a community," said Executive Director of the Turner Center for the Arts Cheryl Oliver. "If you're trying to attract businesses to the area, if you're trying to attract tourists, you need to have a strong arts community, and we do."
The show is just one of the ways the arts center aims to keep the local art scene growing.
"We collaborate frequently with the university because they have a strong arts department. Downtown area is developing quickly into an arts district with lots of galleries and shows that feature original artwork," Oliver said.
The arts center and the shows it holds are creating a sense of community, one brush stroke at a time.
"While we here at the arts center are a non-profit, we don't provide housing or food or clothing for needy people, but we certainly do provide food for the soul, and nourishment for the spirit," Oliver said.
The art exhibit runs through the beginning of June. It's free to attend. All of the pieces are for sale.