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Savannah’s Telfair hosts annual open-air art fair

  • The annual Telfair Art Fair and Arty Party will be Nov. 10-12 on Telfair Square. (Provided by Telfair Museums)
  • The annual Telfair Art Fair and Arty Party will be Nov. 10-12 on Telfair Square. (Provided by Telfair Museums)
  • The annual Telfair Art Fair and Arty Party will be Nov. 10-12 on Telfair Square. (Provided by Telfair Museums)
  • An actor portraying Forrest Gump walks through last year’s Telfair Art Fair. The annual fair and Arty Party will be Nov. 10-12 on Telfair Square. (Provided by Telfair Museums)
 

Savannah’s Telfair hosts annual open-air art fair

07 Nov 2017

Telfair’s 23rd annual Art Fair kicks off this weekend with the yearly Arty Party, which is more elaborate and better than ever.

This year’s Arty Party is from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 10. It is French-themed and will include an “elegant cocktail reception” with Parisian hors d’oeuvres, live music and entertainment. The party serves as a preview for the weekend Art Fair, which will feature an array of regional and national artists throughout Telfair Square.

Telfair’s Art Fair on Nov. 11 and 12 is one of the biggest art events in Savannah and it’s free and open to all on Telfair Square. Nov. 11 is also Free Family Day at the Jepson Center, with various art projects and activities planned.

The Arty Party is a ticketed event, but this year they’ve lowered the price considerably to make the preview more accessible. Considering the party includes an open bar and free gourmet treats, the price is reasonable at $50 for museum members and $85 for nonmembers. These tickets also come with an exclusive opportunity to preview the Art Fair and meet the featured artists.

“We lowered the ticket price this year so more people can come,” explains Telfair’s special events manager Austin Wright. “… Also, a lot of people like that first access.”

All of the money raised goes to support Telfair’s community outreach. But if you’re only considering the Art Fair, this year will feature food trucks for the first time, so you won’t have to leave the fair to find a selection of good eats. As with previous years, there will be live music all weekend from acts like Robbie Cooper & Ben Wells, Crazy Chester, The Song Bandits, The Fractions, Mike English, and The MRS Band.

Telfair’s Art Fair has also become a staple for many returning artists, as it gives them a chance to connect and reconnect with various patrons and collectors. Of the 85 participating artists, about one-third are returning artists and roughly half are local or regional.

“It’s become a community,” says Wright. “There are lots of artists that come to the Art Fair every year because they can cultivate clients and private commissions… There are also a lot of people who walk by during the Arty Party and Art Fair and see something and want something larger for their house, or something special, so a lot of artists make relationships outside of the Art Fair that keep them coming back. The Art Fair is a chance for them to be grounded and have a physical presence here.”

Along with the food trucks and musical entertainment, the weekend also includes a number of children’s activities, a sculpture scavenger hunt related to the current Rodin exhibition, and a trunk show.

IF YOU GO

What: Arty Party

When: 7-9 p.m. Nov. 10

Where: Telfair Square

Cost: $50 for members, $85 for nonmembers

Info: telfair.org/arty-party

What: Telfair Art Fair

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11; noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 12

Where: Telfair Square

Cost: Free

Info: telfair.org

SCHEDULE

Children’s activities

Noon-4 p.m. Nov. 11

Noon-2 p.m. Nov. 12

Sculpture Scavenger Hunt

2 p.m. Nov. 11

Trunk Show

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11

Noon-4 p.m. Nov. 12

Free Family Day at the Jepson Center

1-4 p.m. Nov. 11

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