May 24, 2024


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Savannah Local Artists Market highlights local talent

Savannah Community Artists Market place, or SLAM as it is much more generally referred to, is a absolutely free after or 2 times a yr occasion showcasing some of the area’s finest inventive talent. Using position in a festival-type atmosphere at the baseball subject adjacent to the Salvation Army Local community Heart at 3000 Bee Street, everything about it is a reflection of the event’s creator, Charlie Elis.

“It’s in all probability Savannah’s most significant, greatest out of doors [networking event],” he observed without the need of hubris. “I’d say it is a fun function for artists and people today alike.”

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When I met the gregarious Ellis at The Sentient Bean to chat about this year’s iteration, which can take spot Saturday from 10 a.m. right until 4 p.m., he was carrying a hand-painted SLAM hat as effectively as a green “I’m a Slammer” t-shirt. As he approached the table I’d reserved for us, artist and co-organizer Deborah Sherron Miller at his side, he joked, “You have to give up your dignity,” handing Miller and I shirts of our possess.

'Cityscape' by Deborah Sherron Miller

That’s Ellis in a nutshell: Humorous, self-deprecating, unpretentious, and generous. And, probably additional than anything at all, an individual that needs to do no matter what he can to assistance assistance our area art community.

“Artists who are just commencing out, it’s really hard for them to scrape up $100” for an entry charge, Miller described. “Plus they have to buy a tent, they have to provide their individual desk, their individual chairs.”

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“That’s what so fantastic about this occasion,” she added. “They can convey an umbrella and set it up and have a desk. It is very open.”

'Red Sky' by Deborah Sherron Miller

Incredibly, there will be more than 80 artists signed up to showcase their perform this time about, and, when it is unquestionably obtained it is share of initial-time exhibiters, many of the artists are artwork exhibit veterans whose names you’ll most unquestionably recognize.

Tamara Garvey, whose whimsical ink drawings and paintings have been showcased at group and solo exhibitions all more than the town, consistently participates in artwork fairs both of those in Savannah and elsewhere, advertising prints, cards, and bookmarks in addition to her initial artworks. But SLAM, she says, is particular.