Dualism, Brick Dust & the Birthday Party

by Katelyn Buhrman, Natassia Pearlman and Kate Dryden

        Tucked between Bull and Whitaker on Henry perches S.P.A.C.E gallery, a city owned and operated community center for cultural enrichment. Within these modest walls a show of perceptual reflection thrived. The tongues of these artists are their brushes. They speak in strokes both loud and soft, whispering and shouting in materials from wax to oil. The stories are of faces, of people–demonstrating the dualism of capturing what is on the outside and the inside simultaneously.

       A live painting of featured artist, Christine Sajecki by fellow show members provided an uncensored glimpse into these artist’s processes. The show will be up until August 2nd, so if you missed this glorious gathering of creations, swing by during the First Friday Art March and let your senses run wild.

Local singer Lola Wymth moves through Ruller’s works at Cayadutta


       A few blocks down Bull, Savannah’s beloved art aficionados congregated around the proverbial and literal cake for Gallery Espresso’s 20th birthday celebration. Artists of varying mediums displayed their finest pieces in appreciation of the iconic beanery’s long lasting dedication to the local art community.

       Local musicians regaled our auditory receptors with soul softening bluesy twang featuring steel guitars, banjos and the spirit of the south. Heavily shadowed photographs and classically influenced alternative paintings adorned the walls of the cozy coffee house, attracting  viewers of all walks of life. Old heads and young kids alike flocked together to indulge in the celebratory treats and tricks for the tongue and the eyes.

       Pressing forward to Non-Fiction gallery: a simplistic yet ever complex anomaly of the use of clay and sand by the name of Cayadutta. Artist,  William Ruller served massive books filled cover to cover with abstract applications of natural progression. The materials? Sand, clay dust, concrete and brick.

Viewers flip through Ruller’s textural abstractions.

       These abstract impressions of his surroundings in youth invited viewers to experience a slice of the crumbling industry of days past.  Beneath the table in the center of the room lay a display of the same crumbling materials used to create the works, lending a tangible experiential element to the show.  The smell of the artists process hung thick in the air; the dust of it palpable on your fingers if you chose to flip through the magnificently nondescript volumes. Cayadutta was Ruller’s MFA thesis show and proved a fantastic representation of the ceramicist’s talents. The show will be up until the end of the week, so if you are so inclined stop by to experience it yourself.

Author: SAI

Savannah Art Informer is a program by Art Rise Savannah, a non-profit arts organization in Savannah, Georgia.

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