There are a few things Savannah could use more of that few could argue with, and more great art is definitely high on that list.
This city is a veritable cornucopia of cultural currency, with new artists and creative projects sprouting up seemingly every time you turn around. But there's one organization that's been consistently holding it down in this town for a very long time.
The Telfair Museums have been an institution since 1886 and for the last two decades, they've been hosting the Telfair Art Fair and bringing an amazing selection of art, artists and art-related activities to the square that bears its namesake.
Now in its 20th year, the Telfair Art Fair remains one of the largest and most diverse art fairs around, with a wide selection of works to view and purchase, kids' activities, performances by local musicians and much more.
"We have all this great art in Savannah, but sometimes it's hard to expose everyone to it past a certain level," says Lisa Pinyan, this year's chair for the art fair. She explains that one of the goals of the Telfair Art Fair is to bring art to a wider segment of the community, outside of the typical museum-goer.
"When people think of art, they usually think of paintings and maybe photography," Pinyan says. "But we offer a lot more than that. We have something for everybody."
Indeed, the works featured at the fair will include sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, furniture and textiles, as well as mixed media pieces, printmaking, drawings and digital work. And yes, plenty of paintings and photographs.
Kicking it all off Nov. 14 is the Arty Party, an opening night preview of the fair that will include live music and an assortment of food and cocktails. Attendees will be able to browse the artists' tents and activity areas in and around Telfair Square and along York and President streets before the event opens to the rest of the public the next day.
Since there's so much going on this weekend, Pinyan and company decided to go with the flow and try to work in conjunction with some of the other events to give patrons a way to check out everything around town and not have to pick and choose what they attend.
For instance, they'll have a check-in station for the Savannah Food and Wine Festival during its "Mimosas, Muffins and Masterpieces" event the morning of Nov. 15, so you can grab a drink and a bite while you check out some art, then head out to the food and wine fest to grab more drinks and more bites.
And if you're planning on checking out the Savannah Children's Book Festival, you can complement your family-friendly day by letting the kids participate in some of the fun events planned at the art fair themed around one of the Jepson's current exhibits, "Port City: The Savannah Riverfront Through Artists' Eyes." Activities will include a "Rain Gutter Regatta," where kids will race boats they make themselves, a riverfront mural, maritime flag making and other port-related art projects.
The art fair itself is free and open to the public, as are the kids' activities, so there's no excuse not to at least stop by and see what they have to offer. With more than 80 participating local and national artists, there really will be something for everyone.