By: Emily Johnson
November 17, 2013
Thomasville, GA - Families gathered for the final day of the 18Th Annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival in Thomasville Sunday afternoon. Proceeds from the three day festival will benefit the Thomasville Center for the Arts, which helps with children and adult activities. "Everything that is raised by the Plantation Wildlife which is the primary fundraiser for Thomasville Center for the Arts goes back to the children and adults art programming and education that's offered at the center, as well as scholarships for those kids that need it," said Brandy Kirkham, Festival Manager.
Folks were able to enjoy beautiful artwork by artists from around the country, including featured artist this year, Peter Corbin. "I thought well maybe I can get enough work together to put this show on and I said I would," said Corbin.
Corbin's career in painting has spanned more than 30 years. He now lives in Millbrook, New York and has established himself as a premiere American sporting artists. Many of his paintings feature composed scenes of sport, landscapes, portraits of people and dogs. Also depictions of birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat can be seen in his work.
Many food vendors and local bands were on hand to entertain the crowds. The children's activities featured archery and a sea life touch tank. The theme for the festival came from a hunting season many are familiar with in Thomasville, "quail season started in Thomasville. So that's where the sporting and wildlife theme came from and that's what Thomasville does best," said Kirkham.
The festival had more than 3,000 visitors through their gates this year surpassing their goals. $62,000 was raised from art sales and will go toward programs at the arts center.
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