Her house looms over Lafayette Square, a beacon of literary legacy.
Flannery O'Connor's house at 308 Charlton St. is in the hands of those who cherish her most. This year marks a special time for the late writer, essayist and cartoonist chosen as this year's featured historical figure by the Georgia History Festival.
And this week, the reprise of an art show and auction that takes inspiration from her work will further celebrate the artist's enduring legacy.
Southern Discomfort 2014 is a group exhibition and silent auction hosted by the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home Foundation and features myriad works by local artists in all mediums: drawing, painting, photography and mixed media.
"We came up with the idea of a fundraiser where we would ask artists to create a work inspired by Flannery and hold a silent auction to benefit the house," said Beth Howells, a board member of the foundation and a professor of English at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
The show is the brainchild of Howells and Bill Dawers, an English instructor at Armstrong, who coordinated a similar event in 2012.
"Two years ago we had a show, and it was such a success that Bill and I were encouraged to reprise it," Howells said.
Featuring more than 30 works from local artists such as Marcus Kenney, Betsy Cain, Katherine Sandoz, Christine Sajecki, Todd Schroeder and Meryl Truett, the proceeds will be equally split between the house and the artists.
"We've got almost anything the art fan, or the Flannery fan, could desire in the show," Howells said. "I think we see the range of Savannah artists, the range of interest in Flannery and the range of kinds of art that can be produced in our community."
Each artist received a copy of "The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor" as a source of inspiration. The result produced a body of work that spans the literary career of Savannah's most celebrated writer.
"We're excited," said Helen Borrello, president of the foundation's board of directors.
"It was great two years ago and it's very much in keeping with our mission to keep Flannery relevant and maintain her legacy. It's amazing, the widespread interest. And it's great to branch out in the visual arts community.
"I think the visual arts tie in because she really does have incredibly short descriptions," she said. "I think it's not a coincidence that people are drawn to the visual images in her work."
The collection is open to viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 30-31, with the auction Jan. 31 at ThincSavannah.