August 14 gallery hop brings together calligraphy, fibers, and more

Theres just something about a gallery hop that feels right. Maybe its meandering around galleries at your own pace and seeing all the hard work artists have poured into their creations.

Even in an arts-conscious town like Savannah, gallery hops like Art Rises First Friday Art March have been proven to make art more accessible and engage people in the arts community.

Throw in a goodie bag and people are guaranteed to show up.

Three SCAD students seeking their Masters in Arts Administration have put together a mini gallery hop on August 14, exhibiting curated works that represent their chosen theme.

Attendees will receive a passport showing that theyve been to each exhibition and a goodie bag filled with small gifts from the artists, like stickers and postcards.


Exhibition passport


Rhiannon Estwicks show, Illuminated: Arts and Beautiful Writing, will be at Oglethorpe Gallery. Shan Xuemeis show, Fragments, will hang at Non-Fiction Gallery. Hillary Eustisshow, Functional Creations, will appear at Sulfur Studios.  

To earn their MA in Arts Administration, students have to write an extensive plan detailing their project which, professor Patrick Kelsey notes, can be anything from a dance recital to a gallery show and meet several checkpoints along the way.

After their exhibition they just package everything up and submit it, see if they met their goals. Its all student-defined,Kelsey explains.

They have set their own schedule this quarter. They have set their goals, their objectives and their evaluation criteria. All I have to do is say, Did you do what you said you were gonna do when you were gonna do it? And theyre good to go, Im good to go, they graduate.

When announcing their final projects in class, the three noticed that theyd all chosen August 14 as their exhibition date, a move that could have led to competing attention for the gallery shows and relatively low attendance numbers.

Instead, they took a cue from the Art March.

We said, Well, that could go really badly for us, but how about we work together and kind of make that work in our favor instead of against it?’” remembers Estwick.

As students, we are all striving towards a common goal to finish our degree successfully,adds Eustis. We are all here to support each others efforts to do that, so we didnt want to compete for participation in our shows on the same night.

Since each show was curated individually, the artists didnt work together to create a theme, but Estwick sees a common thread in the pieces.


“Eternal Debate” by Will Lewis


[Its] not intentional, but Id say, at least from my perspective, theyre all about looking at something in a different way,she says. For all three, I think its about looking at something that you already know or have seen, seeing it in a new light. It wasnt intentional, but it ended up being that way.

That theme certainly seems to hold true Estwicks calligraphy presses people to recognize hand-lettering as a beautiful work of art. Eustiss pieces ask viewers to realize that art is not mutually exclusive from functionality. Shans collection asks the viewer to look at their past and their memories.

Estwicks show reflects her love of calligraphy and handwriting, a lifelong passion that started with just one book of calligraphy.

I grew up in Barbados and  the art supply stores there arent so great, so I had one calligraphy set. It wasnt a good one either, but I tried anyway,she recalls. It was something I enjoyed doing.

The first part of her project included calligraphy workshops, borne out of her own desire to see the art represented in Savannahs artistic community.

I was looking for calligraphy workshops and couldnt find any,Estwick says. So I came up with the idea, if I have this gallery show and show that people are interested in this beautiful writing and calligraphy, handwriting, typography, maybe people in Savannah would be more interested in it and that could open up the gates.


“Every Day A New Sky” by Will Lewis


Eustiss work proves that art is beautiful in its function, echoing the old design statement Form follows function.

All the works in the show are functional in their own way we have dinnerware, furniture, clothing and more,notes Eustis.

Im just really excited about the eclectic nature of the show. There are so many different pieces, but all come back to the one element of functionality, which is what I wanted this exhibit to really focus on; how functional items can simultaneously be works of art.


“Vintage Garden Plate” by Erica Pierce


The artists featured in Eustisexhibit are all local artists and SCAD students, and their submissions range from crocheted baskets to clothing. That diversity is precisely why Eustis chose the medium for her show.

I think what mainly draws me to fibers is the natural aspect of the work. That and the fact that fiber arts is such a diverse field,she says. The many things you can do with fiber arts really intrigues me.


“Ruby” by Cecily Charles


Shans show focuses on the fragmentation of memories and what we remember as we age.

Many of the works are inspired pieces from artistsfragmented memories, such as from family members and between humanity and nature, that explore different or unconventional painting techniques,she says.

The show features works by three artists, including SCAD professor Deborah Oden.



She was very excited to join me, and thats what I wanted an artist suited for my exhibition,Shan explains. She wanted to show art she’d never shown before.

One of Shans major goals is supporting local artists, so providing Deborah with an outlet to show her work is a point of pride for her.

Im very excited to show these three excellent artistsartworks,says Shan.

The gallery hop takes place from 6 – 9pm on Friday, August 14 at Oglethorpe Gallery, Non-Fiction Gallery, and Sulfur Studios.

Rachael Flora

Author: Rachael Flora

Rachael is a recent Armstrong grad and works as the Events editor at Connect Savannah. She's an Ohio native and likes being somewhere a bit warmer. In her spare time, she likes to read classic novels, perfect her photography, and watch Netflix in bed.

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