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Cultural Arts Gallery
Cultural Arts Gallery is managed by the city of Savannah's Department of Cultural Affairs. This facility exists as a venue for the promotion and education of the visual arts, via the display of contemporary art, design and fine crafts by local and regional artists. Cultural Arts Gallery serves and responds to the Savannah community with exhibitions and educational programming that strengthen awareness and stimulate dialogue through artistic expression.

Cultural Arts Gallery is a community exhibition space and is host to approximately nine shows per year. Exhibitions range from youth and solo shows to group and traveling exhibitions. Each exhibition includes an artist reception and an outreach program which enriches the learning experience for our visitors. Shows on display are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with occasional night and weekend hours based on programming. There is free off-street parking in the lot adjacent to the building.

The gallery is located at 9 West Henry Street (between Bull and Whitaker streets).

For more information about the Gallery, call (912) 651-6783 or email Arts Coordinator, Ashley Wyndham.


Mudaphorically Speaking
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Mudaphorically Speaking

Ceramic Sculpture & Mixed Media
by Clair Buckner & Eric Clark 


Exhibit: November 17 - December 28, 2017
Reception: Friday, November 17, 2017 from 6pm - 8pm
Cultural Arts Gallery, 9 W. Henry St., Savannah, GA 31401


From Artist Clair Buckner:

Why do we talk about the weather? Why do puns elicit groans?
Double entendres sprinkled with alliteration offer layers of interpretation. Improvising with ideas inspired by found objects and popular phrases, my work is familiar and taps into our social collective of shared experiences and language. When we find common ground and build upon our shared experiences, we can connect and relate on a rudimentary level.

This connection is at the core of my work.

Muddy metaphors and found object phrases are how I choose to share my ideas. Incorporating mix media with ceramics and photography gives me the freedom to play with words and materials. My goal is to encourage connections and invite the viewers to play along.

Laughter is only contagious if you get it.


From Artist Eric Clark:

My current body of work is an exploration of material and metaphor. These works are a composite of familiar everyday items that are hand sculpted to create arrangements that are both aesthetically pleasing and have an autobiographical narrative. The sculptures have become a snapshot of self-reflection that includes subjects of love and desire, hard work, communication issues and the challenges of overcoming adversities. My intent is to create a sense of commonality through subject matter, yet present it in a way that is unique and promotes dialog.


Pictures at an Exhibition by P. M. Lewis
Poster
Pictures at an Exhibition by P. M. Lewis

Exhibit: January 5 - 26, 2018
Reception: Friday, January 5, 2018 from 5pm - 7pm
Cultural Arts Gallery, 9 W. Henry St., Savannah, GA 31401
Admission: Free

From the Artist:


"Born in Binghamton, New York in 1960. I started drawing as a little boy doing sketches of clowns and race cars, those things that might fascinate a 10 year old boy. Then around 1973, my older sister, who was in college at the time, would bring home posters from her dorm room at the end of the year. Among them were those bright florescent posters by Peter Max that were so popular in the early 70s. I saw those and I was hooked. Although I did not become a student of Peter Maxi knew that was what I wanted to do.

After high school I worked in building and construction while I studied business courses in college. I also managed to pick up a studio drawing and a studio painting class along the way. Eventually I started my own business and ran a construction company through the 1980s. Then by 1994 I had somewhat of an early mid-life crisis at age 34 and decided to leave New York. I heard there was more work in the South and with an economic downturn in New York at the time it seemed like the right course to take. So following a circuitous route I landed in Savannah where my wife and I found a home on Tybee Island and have been living for the past 20 years. And for the past 14 years I have been employed by Chatham County Public Works and Park Services as a Project Manager. All along the way, I never stopped painting and creating.

Why do I make art? I don't know where it came from but I have always had a desire to draw since I was a small child. In elementary school I always took art class very seriously. Then, as now, I have always enjoyed the whole process, whether starting with a vague idea or a very clear image. Beginning a new painting is like starting a journey to see what is at the other end. And now as an adult, I view it much like a building project. Stretching and priming a canvas is like clearing the land and pouring a foundation. Now I have a place to assemble my thoughts and ideas. Those thoughts and ideas are the basic building blocks used to begin each piece of work, the ideas turn into shapes and the thoughts turn into colors.

I don’t view mine or anyone's work as some lofty intellectual endeavor. I think to create is a very basic primal instinct. I have always felt the need to act on that instinct. I believe it is a gift from God that we all possess. In fact, primitive man possessed it; I have seen photographs of art work in caves that were fabulously creative. Creating art work is my first love. I like to paint and draw using many different approaches and subject matter; images, ideas, and avenues to pursue them are everywhere. I don't feel the need to be categorized or labeled as a surrealist or with any other title. To be accepted as an artist will do."

2018 Gallery Exhibitions
February 1 - March 1, 2018
Links, Inc. New Beginnings