The Arts Center has 4 main galleries which include the Vereen Gallery, McCall Gallery, Traverse Gallery and the Contemporary Gallery.
M – F 10 am – 5:30 pm
Lawrence Tobe, at age ninety-one, is actively painting and exhibiting large abstract expressionist paintings. He has exhibited widely and has been recognized as a major artist in the state of Florida and throughout the southeast. In his thirty-year college teaching career, he broadened the art awareness and experiences of countless students.
Lawrence Tobe attended University of Louisville where he completed his bachelor degree in 1954 and a master’s degree in 1957, both supported by full art scholarships.
Lawrence Tobe’s teaching career began soon after completing his master’s degree,
teaching art in the public schools in Dade County, Florida (1958-1963). He went on to a
thirty-year career (1963-1993) in the Fine Arts Department of Broward College, Davie,
Florida, serving ten years as Chair of the Department. Tobe’s teaching was marked by his
enthusiasm for all media and creative expression, both historic and contemporary. He
gave his students a positive and lasting introduction and appreciation of art and artists.
Lawrence is a prolific artist, exhibiting often, primarily in Florida and Georgia. He has
works in numerous collections, both private and public, one of the most notable being the
collections University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, Museum of Florida Art,
Deland, Florida, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the Boca Raton Museum
of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, Florida.
His abstract expressionist paintings are influenced by studies of cultures and natural
history throughout the world. His works include spiritual and anthropological studies,
and painterly stories that communicate the continuity and connections of the past and
John S. Newton (Steve) was born and raised in Colquitt County and graduated from Moultrie High School in 1970. The self-taught artist now lives in rural Effingham County, Georgia.
After graduating from the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism, Newton spent 20 years in advertising, then launched La Voz Latina, a monthly bilingual newspaper for South Georgia’s Hispanic community in 2002. He retired two years ago.
Fascinated by the vivid colors associated with Hispanic culture, Newton combines acrylic paints with aluminum cans and bottle caps to create his mixed media works.
Colorful acrylic paintings featuring recognizable locations around Moultrie.
Paul became interested in graphic art during his senior year at Williston Northampton School located in Easthampton, Massachusetts. His teacher was Barry Moser who has been considered the leading woodcut engraver in the United States for decades.
After a brief period attending Boston University in 1969, Paul transferred to New York Phoenix School of Design located in New York City. It is now part of Pratt Institute. He left school after two years to pursue an independent career in fine arts painting focusing on the Abstract Expressionism School and maintained a studio in White Plaines, NY for ten years.
He then married and raised a family developing a successful career in business and business management that lasted until he retired and moved to Moultrie, Georgia in 2015. He currently works in a studio here in the city and is enthusiastically pursuing his artwork in our wonderful community.
Kim Mazzilli – Artist’s Biography
After working on a communication arts degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia, Kim spent 15 years doing graphics, sign lettering, and large wall murals. Finishing a BA in art education at Flagler College in Saint Augustine Florida (and later a MsEd at Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia), Kim taught art in the public-school systems in Florida and Virginia for 20 years. Now retired, Kim spends her time being a grandmother and a studio artist at her home studio here in Moultrie. Kim creates hand-built pottery, collages, and paintings.
Joseph Mazzilli – Artist’s Biography
Joseph dabbled in art since childhood, but without much in the way of formal training until retirement. While working toward his B.A. at Princeton University, he took two semesters of Life Sculpture with Joe Brown. He was as intrigued as much by Professor Brown as by the class. Brown was a former boxer with a glass eye, and with a rough demeanor that belied his ability to capture the grace of a ballerina posing au pointe, or the very souls of some of his famous subjects, such as Robert Frost, Thomas Wolfe, and Arthur Ashe. During his career in commercial construction management, Joseph only occasionally found time for art, with the hope of taking formal classes in retirement. Since retiring in Moultrie, Joseph has taken classes for the first couple of years with Thomas M. Thomson in Havana, FL, and for the next couple of years with Thomas’s brother Ron Thomson in Thomasville, GA. Joseph feels he still has a lot more to learn as an artist. But he senses that he has at least finally crossed that great divide, when starting a painting or drawing, between how he hopes it will turn out and how it actually turns out.
This exhibition provides artists working in all mediums with the opportunity to participate in this annual regional exhibition. Selections for awards will be based on a juried review, which is conducted without the knowledge of the artists’ identity, title, or price of work.
Mark Errol ceramics and 2D works