Expert hands, marked by the evidence of careful labor, bring together frames with gilded baroque flourishes or sleek contemporary lines to shelter photos, paintings, mirrors, and cross-stitch samplers at Frames +. Computerized onsite mat cutting makes pieces seem to leap from the wall with color-complementing depth, drawing out the greens of a mountainscape or adding to the crayon signature on a fake diploma. Jerseys and souvenirs nestle in shadow boxes, and antique photos stay safe with conservation framing that preserves the visages of ancestors who traveled to America on the Mayflower or the barnacled back of a generous whale.:
Pilot your brain-plane into a four-way collision with history, nature, and wildlife at the Tallahassee Museum, where wild-lovers can wander 52 acres of Florida florae and faunae as it floridly lounges in the state's natural greenhouse atmosphere. Saunter along the Habitat Trail, via elevated boardwalks that allow you to view animals from above without intruding into their habitats and TV-watching habits. In addition to waterfowl, foxes, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and river otters, you’ll catch glimpses of the endangered Florida panther, the state’s official mammal, and the endangered red wolf. Step into the pre-Internet world your parents and older siblings grew up in at Big Bend Farm, an 1880s living farmstead with a restored period farmhouse and kitchen, as well as reconstructions of an outhouse, blacksmith shed, and smokehouse. Historical voyeurs, meanwhile, can peer inside the rear windows of the restored 1850s plantation house of Catherine Murat, George Washington’s great-grandniece, who later became part of French royalty by marrying Prince Achille Murat, the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. With a plethora of annual events coming up, such as the upcoming Market Days on Dec. 4 and 5, you’ll have plenty of more stimulating things to do this winter than hibernate and alphabetize your action figures.
LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts celebrates contemporary fine arts through a medley of classes and exhibitions featuring hundreds of artists each year. Individual and patron members alike enjoy perks such as a mention in the quarterly newsletter as well as previews, e-vites, and free admission to exhibitions; prior to each opening, patron members can also attend exhibition preview parties in which the bottom eighths of all canvases are uncovered. All members receive advance notice, early enrollment, and discounted admission to studio art courses, such as digital editing fundamentals, held at the nearby education center on East Call Street. The patron membership is good for an entire household and, in addition to the perks of individual membership, nets holders a 10% discount on purchases over $25 in the gallery shop.
The framing masters at Picture Frames Unlimited LLC don’t frame art; they frame memories. They specialize in memorializing artwork and niche articles such as stitchery, antique clothing, and memorabilia. Owners Mary and Karen wield materials such as frames, matting, and premium glass for projects, resulting in presentations that combine quality, creativity, and custom attention to each piece.
Thronateeska Heritage Center provides an exploration of science and South Georgian history through an interactive science center and history museum, both of which are free to the public, as well as a planetarium. Wetherbee Planetarium’s SciDome hi-def projection system, 40-foot diameter dome, and surround-sound system is the first of its kind in the world, launching reclining stargazers into celestial vistas with a higher definition than the actual night sky. Get sucked into shows, including the Liam Neeson-narrated Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity, a harrowing journey to the formation of the early universe, the birth and death of stars, and premium-boosting collisions of giant galaxies. Or bring your cosmic dowsing rod to Oasis in Space, a beautiful voyage through the universe on a quest to find liquid water, a key ingredient in the delicious recipe of life. Two more shows focus on the nature of molecules and the history of the telescope.
Swamp Gravy, a series of folk plays produced by the Colquitt-Miller Arts Council and previously performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, embodies the diversity, history, and rural culture of life in Southwest Georgia. The newest Swamp Gravy installment, The Big Picture, builds on the wistful works with a presentation full of comedy, music, choreography, and during-show commentary from some of the community's most outspoken audience members. Inspired by the local Millennium Murals, the show details Colquitt's precocious past, enlisting volunteer actors to bring to life local folklore and tales. Tickets entitle theater-goers to seats at a fun and familiar southern celebration staged in the 70-year-old Cotton Hall Theater and Museum, a historical building that was formerly the site of the local cotton warehouse.