In Savannah, it is common knowledge that Bull Street runs through the center of the city, starting its journey downtown at City Hall, from its bustling intersection with Bay Street. It continues south, bisecting Savannah’s East and West sides, before reaching its terminus four miles later.
About halfway along Bull Street’s straight-arrow route is Bull Street Auctions, a venue that hopes to become the artistic center of the city this weekend as it hosts the first-ever Bull Street Art Show with Olieart Gallery. The event starts this Thursday, May 8 and ends on Saturday, May 10.
“Over the years we’ve come to know many of the local artists in the community. And over that time, we’ve also witnessed the development of the Starland District and the South-of-Forsyth [SOFO] communities,” said Craig Arcos, co-owner of Bull Street Auctions and co-founder of the Bull Street Art Show. “As a business with a prominent location in the south end of this exciting community, we thought it would be a good thing if we officially joined the effort to enhance the presence of art shows in this area.”
This year’s show will feature the artwork of several highly accomplished local artists. Among them are: Luba Lowry, Simoni Trapsioni, Oksana Gruszka-Harmouche and Olivia Levadas. Additional artists include Josh McCall, DJ Persad, Lauren Schwind, Erin McCollough, Roger Brucker Jonathan Shannon, and Mark Hiott.
The show will kick off with a reception and viewing on Thursday, May 8th, from 6pm to 9pm at the Auction Gallery (2819 Bull Street, behind Two Woman and A Warehouse). A wine-and-cheese social will be held the next evening (Friday, May 9th). On Saturday, the event’s last day, there will be an open house for additional viewing and purchasing.
“We’re trying to provide an ongoing venue for local artists, especially SCAD students, that would be affordable and display their work to a wider audience,” Arcos said.
In the past, Bull Street Auctions successfully sold several works for local artists at its bi-monthly antique auctions, including pieces from Myrtle Jones and Laura DiNello, among others.
“It is our hope that this is the first of many art events to be held at Bull Street Auctions,” said Levadas, who attended the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C for her BFA and earned two Master’s degrees from SCAD. “We look forward to helping the growing talented art community here in Savannah.”
The show is free to the public, and food, wine and live music will be available. For more information, please visit the show’s website at http://www.bullstreetartshow.com/ or its Facebook site (Bull Street Art Show) and event (Opening Reception) page.