Is there a more perfect way to spend a warm Savannah evening than touring historic downtown homes, drinking cocktails and soaking up the incredible work of Savannah’s local artists? We didn’t think so. Thursday evening is your annual opportunity to see some of the best Savannah has to offer at the 2015 Artists and Artisans tour, organized by the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) and the Arts Resource Collective (ARC).
This year’s event features the work of 29 local artists (over 130 pieces total) inside four privately-owned historic downtown homes. The evening will be set up like a block party, with guests invited to meander from house to house while enjoying food and drink catered by some of downtown’s best restaurants. The artists behind the works on display will attend as well, offering patrons the unique opportunity to get acquainted with some of the biggest names on Savannah’s art roster in a single evening. Artists include Adam Winnie, Christina Edwards, Jeanne Campbell, Dan Kaufman, Shea Slemmer, W. Gerome Temple, and Carolyn Neely.
The tour was juried by ARC members (all local professionals in the design and art industries) and personally curated by ARC president Daniel Smith. “[The tour] promotes Savannah as an art destination. We have every type of art that you can think of right here,” Smith told SAI. Expanding on last year’s tour, the 2015 event features more artists (only 20 were featured in 2014) and greater diversity of art mediums than before. The tour also features groups of works put together by local galleries, including Roots Up Gallery, Galerie 124, Meryl Truett & Friends, and Downstairs Gallery.
The houses that have been chosen as the tour’s pop-up gallery spaces promise to be every bit as exciting as the work they’ll contain. We’re not allowed to say too much, but one of the spaces is over 10,000 square feet and sits on a block that DNA Vice-President Gale Steves calls “magnificent”. “It has some of the grandest free standing homes in Savannah,” she says. All of the venues are private and only open specifically for the tour. Smith says that he hopes seeing the work hung inside of private homes will help guests envision it in their own spaces. If you find a particularly striking piece, remember – everything on the tour is for sale.