Savannah’s Location Gallery is no stranger to selling art for a cause.
The gallery, which opened in March of 2016, estimates they’ve given over $350,000 to local non-profit organizations. The galleries' newest promotion, a collaboration with Bull Street Taco titled “Movable Feasts,” is providing food for some of the people most affected by the ongoing COVID-19 situation nurses and medical professionals.
Gallery Director Peter Roberts says he was inspired to create the program after a talk with his sister-in-law, “She said as long as you feed the nurses, that’s a good thing,” he said.
“She was telling me that when the hospital gets food brought in if the nurses know about it before their shift then they’re not scrounging for a meal. It’s a relief to know that there is food there and available for them.”
The program uses funds collected from the galleries' online sales to purchase taco boxes from Bull Street Taco, which are then delivered to nurses and medical professionals at hospitals throughout the city.
“We’ve sold twelve pieces already which came out to 31 donated taco boxes so far,” said Roberts. “It’s also a hygienic service and it’s healthy eating, so it’s good food, and I think that’s important especially when these nurses and medical professionals are dog tired.”
While the galleries' physical space has been forced to close due to the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing in combination with the ongoing shelter-in-place order, the group has made the move to make their virtual presence more known.
“Bull Street Taco already had this program where they make, coordinate, and deliver food to the hospitals so I thought we should give our profits from our online sales to feed the nurses rather than giving to a nonprofit this time,” said Roberts. “The artist gets their 50% cut like they would with any other gallery, so we’re getting money into artists' pockets, feeding nurses, and helping out small businesses, and fortunately we have a business model that allows us to do that.”
Each of the artists involved have worked with the gallery on previous exhibitions, and are largely local, with the exception of one or two out of state residents.
“All the artists contributing to the ’Movable Feasts’ movement are people we’ve worked with throughout the years,” said Roberts.
“Some of the work is from the show that was up in March, so we figured that putting it up online would get it in front of new people, and Stacy Jean Albano was our solo show at the LGBT center so we just put her stuff up online because people can’t go see work in person right now. I also show my own work at Kobo Gallery downtown, so we’ve got a good representation of the Kobo collective too, I think all in all it’s a good mix of people.”
While Roberts is largely employing local artists, the program has had an impact reaching across multiple states.
“We’ve had buyers from Oklahoma, New Orleans, and New York, and we’ve also had galleries located in other cities asking if they can do the same thing, which I encourage them to do if they can find a way. We've got to share the love and take care of each other, cause no one else is going to. We’ve got to come together and figure this thing out.”