December Art March: Observations from an Art March Virgin

by Jordan Dotson, Staff Writer
photographs by Peterson Worrell, Staff Photographer

The Indie Arts Market all lit up in December!

Until Friday night, I had never been to a First Friday Art March. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Would a self-proclaimed traditionalist like me fit in with this art scene? Or was it going to be a big hipster-fest that I wasn’t cool enough to understand?

Beginning at Adam Gabriel Winnie’s show, Figuring the Self, in the Desotorow Gallery, my fears proved unfounded. The show is composed of four large-scale charcoal drawings accompanied by six videos of Winnie doing performance art. The first thing that hits you is the photorealism of his drawings. It was such a relief to see naturalism in art again. Don’t get me wrong – there is still enough conceptualism to preserve some mystery and engage the viewer to ask questions. As I stood there mulling over the meaning of his work, I jotted down “anxiety, frustration, insecurity” in the margin of my notepad. For Kayla Goggin’s interview with Adam Gabriel Winnie, click here.

Continuing outside to the Indie Arts Market, the artwork ranged from funky to crafty, modern to traditional. Eclectic was the word of the night. As I perused the wares of each table, I was struck by the quality and affordability of all the work. I picked up a small gift for a friend at Sew Evil’s table of handmade gothic gifts and my photographer, Peterson, scoped out the bow-ties at The Bow Maker’s Daughter. I put several more vendors on my gift list.

Down the route at Non-Fiction Gallery, their Holiday Pop-Up Shop is an affordable alternative for buyers looking for small, SCAD pieces for under $50. For those with deeper lined pockets, the Grand Bohemian Gallery in The Mansion on Forsyth Park is a visual candy store of art featuring hand-cut porcelain flowers, glasswork sea life, Impressionist landscapes, handmade purses and bow-ties, and Abstract Expressionist portraiture to name a few.

Throughout the night, I had similar conversations with several artists. We kept going back to the topic of community. The Art March felt like a group of talented friends had thrown a party inviting everyone in the city, and many participants echoed this by saying that bringing the different communities of Savannah together was the mission of their business. It was nice to be a part of this and I had a great time doing it. Can’t wait for next month!

Author: Jordan Dotson

Jordan is a film student at the Savannah College of Art and Design and works as a docent for the university's exhibitions department. Topics that interest/drive her are social activism, human rights, and class struggle. When she's not geeking out on cinema history, she enjoys listening to NDH music, trying to learn German (to no avail), and bowing down to the every whim of her cat, Cali.

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