In the natural world, a new moon marks the start of the lunar cycle, symbolizing a clean slate and new beginnings.


For the Grand Bohemian Gallery, it is a chance to launch a new exhibit after closing for several months due to the COVID-19 outbreak this spring.


With an opening reception Thrusday, Sept. 17, the exhibit titled, "New Moon," is a way to recognize a new chapter says Art Gallery Director Carmen Aguirre.


"Many people use the energy of a new moon to start on a project; gardeners plant on a new moon," Aguirre shared.


"This is our new moon for the gallery, our artists and our Savannah community. There’s also a new moon that night, how perfect is that?"


The exhibit features nine unique Lowcountry artists with nine unique stories to tell.


"New Moon’s" featured artists include Stacie Jean Albano, Paul Alico, Kristen Baird, Christopher Carpentino, Julia Christian, José Ray, Joan Simmons, Bede Van Dyke, and Heather Young.


Their works range from colorful paintings and drawings of the Coastal Empire, to soulful fabric creations, Georgian dolls and radiant jewelry. The exhibits all serve as a reflection of the times and places these regional artists call home.


"New Moon" is the gallery’s first show since the pandemic began more than six months ago. Like seemingly all aspects of society, the gallery too has learned to adapt to life’s new normal amid the coronavirus.


In the gallery, as well as inside the Mansion at Forsyth Park, visitors are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. There are hand sanitizers located throughout the space and staff provide masks to those who don’t have one.


Despite a new landscape, the spirit of creativity and community remains, Aguirre adds. She hopes visitors can feel the new beginnings expressed in the featured artists’ works as they look ahead to a brighter tomorrow.


"I hope that people will be able to feel the art that these artist have been creating for this show; that they are able to experience their resiliency and their passion," Aguirre noted.


"I hope that they come here and embrace the beauty of expression and the power of the soul. It is for all of us a new beginning in so many ways."


Looking ahead, the Grand Bohemian Gallery has more shows and exhibits on the way as they navigate the new reality of the impacts of the coronavirus.


"There are plans, yearly events that will need to be modified with lots of creativity. I’m looking forward to that - thinking out of the box and doing things differently," Aguirre shared.


"New Moon" kicks off with a "Meet the Artists" wine reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17th at the gallery, located at the Mansion at Forsyth Park. The reception will held outside, while the exhibit will be showcased within the main gallery.


For more information visit www.kesslercollection.com/bohemian-savannah/.