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Art Walk expands on Savannah’s renaissance

  • “Talmadge Bridge: Music” by Tiffani Taylor
 

Art Walk expands on Savannah’s renaissance

30 Mar 2015

According to local artist and gallery owner Tiffani Taylor, “It’s the time of renaissance in Savannah.”

“I keep hash-tagging ‘renaissance,’” she adds.

She explains that in the past few years, she has seen a progression toward more collaboration of artists in the community, especially with the growth of Art Rise Savannah and its monthly Art March.

IF YOU GO

What: Savannah Art Walk

When: 4-8 p.m. April 4

Cost: Free

Info: www.savannahartwalk.com or Savannah Art Walk on Facebook

 

GALLERIES

Tiffani Taylor Gallery

Liquid Sands Glass Gallery

Signature Gallery

Kobo Gallery

A.T. Hun

Studio 8 on the Atrium

SNichols Art

The Savannah Gallery

Jonathan Gregory K Abstract Art Studio

Sue Gouse Inspirations

Gallery Eleven

STUDIO ONE

Grand Bohemian Gallery

Brian MacGregor Gallery

Gallery 7, Luba Lowry

ShopSCAD

Mr. Chicken

Gullah Living Gallery

The Savannah Art Association

Stephen Kasun Studio

“It reminds me of the renaissance, because during that time you had guilds — the writers, the painters, the metalsmiths — and they were collaborative and we have that now in Savannah,” Taylor says.

To expand on the collaboration of local artists, Taylor is starting the new Savannah Art Walk. It begins April 4 and will take place the first Saturday night of each month (except during the hottest months of summer).

This month’s event features 19 galleries. The walk begins at 4 p.m. with a wine pour at Rocks on the Roof at the Bohemian Hotel on River Street. Guests will have the chance to view Taylor’s painting “Talmadge Bridge: Music” on display and pick up the keepsake Savannah Art Walk maps designed by Taylor’s fellow Savannah College of Art and Design alumnus HeeJ Chung, who has donated her time as artistic director to also create posters, the website and Facebook page for the event.

Art walkers will then head over to Tiffani Taylor Gallery for a tour at 4:45 p.m.

At. 6 p.m., the group will go to the Andaz for a wine pour. While there, five artists or gallery owners will speak briefly about their art and their spaces. Then Taylor will explain the Savannah Art Walk map and the incentives for visiting at least 10 galleries on the list.

According to Taylor, participants will go off on their own with their maps and return to her gallery at 8 p.m. All guests who visited at least 10 galleries on the list will be entered into a raffle to win hotel stays, gift baskets and gift certificates.

Taylor also adds that if you cannot arrive at 4 p.m., look at the schedule and map on the Art Walk Savannah website or Facebook page, and meet up with the group at your own pace.

She is quick to mention that the introduction of the Art Walk is meant to complement, not compete, with the already popular Art March that takes place the first Friday night of the month in the Victorian District.

“I wanted to be very cognizant of what they have built ... I met with the executive director (of Art Rise, Clinton Edminster) and we are so in synergy and happy to work with one another, and to me, that’s indicative of the positivity of the movement and what we are doing,” she says.

“They have started something really wonderful to showcase the Victorian District and now the downtown is covered and also brought to life.”

She adds that with the Art March on the first Friday night of the month and Art Walk on the first Saturday night, “the community and tourists can experience our entire city now in an artistic movement.”

Taylor says the concept for the new Art Walk happened organically after an artist talk she gave at the Andaz, where she has been a salon artist for the past three years.

“Kevin Shields, the general manager of the Bohemian Hotel, approached me to collaborate with their hotel and immediately it was born within me ... to start an art walk,” she says. “... The art historian within me loves sharing the stories and the art of my fellow artists.”

Taylor moved to Savannah in 1998 to study painting at SCAD. She earned her BFA and then later went on to earn her master’s degree in art history. During her time here as a student and artist, she has built a network of colleagues across genres and she hopes to only broaden that reach with this new endeavor.

“We are thankful for our sponsors ... and my grand vision is to keep it simple,” Taylor says, “and to continue this collaboration of sponsorship and artists ... let it organically build to a beautiful, positive experience for the community, tourists and artists and gallery owners.”

 

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