This time of year can leave us feeling like the holidays are nearly knocking down our door. For many, it’s time to start seriously eyeing future present purchases, luckily for those in the Lowcountry this weekend, Sulfur Studios' is presenting their fifth year of the White Elephant exhibition.
Featuring works from over 20 local artists all priced under $200, the event is specifically catered to provide the Savannah community the opportunity to find a spectacularly unique collection of gifts while simultaneously promoting local art.Get Savannah arts and culture news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our morning, afternoon and Dine newsletters
“With all the work priced at $200 and under, art becomes accessible to just about anyone, and obviously you can keep it for yourself or use this as a chance to buy art to give as gifts for the holidays,” said Emily Earl, Sulfur Studios' director of public relations and special events.
“With most of the participating artists attending the Shop Small Saturday Opening, as well as the First Friday reception, art buyers can meet the artist in person and learn more about their process, which especially for someone who is just starting to be interested in building their own art collection, can be a really special and inspiring opportunity. This is also just a really fun community event,” added Earl. “The great thing about this event is that it features emerging and early to mid-career artists that are not only working locally in Savannah but many of them rent studios here, and all of them are Sulfur Studios Artist Members.”
Studio membership offers local artists a space to work and commune with other local artists among many other benefits.
“We host two Members Only shows per year in the gallery,” Earl added. “There are other perks to being a member with us, like discounted submission rates for our juried shows, as well as discounts with our business partners like Starlandia Supply and Prismatic Prints, which is a fine art print shop we have here on-site at Sulfur.”
With murmurs, grumbles, and even t-shirts being made by Sulfur Studios members referencing the Starland District's rapid uptick in new businesses and patrons, Earl makes the case that locals are benefiting. “We've seen a significant rise in art sales over the last year or so, and as more people come to the Starland District that will hopefully continue," she said. "Part of what it means to be a working artist is selling your work, so purchasing art at events like these is a great way to support artists directly.”
The coinciding closing reception of Sulfur’s artist-in-resident Marisa Lilje project, Entertaining the Portrait, will offer attendees a glimpse into the space the works are created.
“Every First Friday also acts as our monthly Open Studio Night, so those in attendance can step into each open studio and see more artwork and meet the artists working here," Earl said. "I think it's always so fascinating to see different artists' studio spaces, it gives a whole new perspective to the work when you see the space they are making that work in. Something we strive to do is to put the public right in with artists, to demystify the art-making process a little bit so that anyone can be an art appreciator.”
The exhibition will include artists such as Becca Cook, Ken Tighe, Renee Blodgett, Jon Witzky, Donna D’Angeles, Tamara Garvey, Sarmad Alkhazraj, Amiri Farris, Michelle Perez, Alexis Javier, Jennifer Moss, Joanne Morton, Josh Ward, Nina Farryn, Maria Burns, Jordan Fitch Mooney, Demeri Flowers, Emma Hopson, Joanna Angell, Rose Jerome, Courtney Trowman, Eoley Mulally, Jason B. James, and Jeff Hicks.