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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 Art Programs Coordinator, Debra Zumstein.

Arimatsu to Africa & Indigo and Beyond
Indigo and Beyond
October 7 - 28

Thursday, October 20 - 6 - 9PM

“Arimatsu to Africa: Shibori Trade, Techniques and Patterns” and “Indigo and Beyond” will display works of historical importance, style and trends and show how natural dyes and traditional Japanese dyeing techniques played a role in history and agriculture. This dual exhibition has been organized for the Textile Society of America’s 15th Biennial Symposium.

Shibori is a traditional Japanese textile term used to classify shaped and resisted patterns created on cloth by plucking, stitching and folding and then tightly knotted, bond or clamped to compress and selectively resist dye penetrations. The fabric is then dipped into indigo dye and the resulting patterns record the folded memories on the cloth.

This hands-on technique spread through the eastern cultures for many decades. Since most patterns record a “memory” on the cloth, similarities have been discovered between the Japanese and African textiles. Curator and textile scholar, Yoshiko Wada, who serves as President of the World Shibori Network, wonders if some of the tie-resist and stitch-resist techniques seen in African export shibori may have influenced local artisans during the last 60 years and been incorporated into the African design.

“Examining this fleeting but historic, cross-cultural event will deepen our understanding of the creative impulse of artisans and how trade affected the traditional craft in Africa and Japan”, said Wada. “At the same time, we can examine Arimatsu shibori to see if this detour by Japanese artisans into the African market influenced traditional Japanese folk shibori patterns”.

Indigo was an important part of agriculture, trade, and the economy, in the United States' southeast coastal region in the 18th Century. Indigo is essential for contemporary textile artists working with natural dyes, and has been since the 1960s. The recent revival of fermenting indigo dye vats has made the dye process more eco-friendly. The exhibition will focus on artists working with indigo in conjunction with other natural dyes, reflecting the active global influence on dyes and dyeing.

The works exhibited in “Indigo and Beyond” have been selected from a core group of artists that have been meeting on an annual basis for the last several years in order to study natural dye processes and the applications to their work. The focus has been on learning the best practices in order to obtain colors and fastness suitable for artwork. This exploration has been in the spirit of shared research and learning in order to further the use of natural dyes for us and other artists.

A Free Indigo Dyeing family program will take place on Saturday, October 15, from 10am -1pm. Participants will learn how to fold and dye fabric using traditional techniques to create unique indigo dyed fabric patterns. A Savannah College of Art and Design textile student will be on hand in the gallery to address exhibition questions.

2016 Savannah Children's Book Festival Poster Contest
Live Oak Book Festival
November 3 - 23

Young Writers Contest Winners Presentation
Thursday, November 3, 5:30PM

This exhibit will feature over 300 poster designs submitted by students in the elementary, middle, high school and college categories from Chatham, Effingham, Liberty, and neighboring counties.

The Savannah Children’s Book Festival Poster Contest is held each spring and students are challenged to create a poster that may be used in the promotion of the City of Savannah sponsored Savannah Children’s Book Festival. This year’s Children’s Book Festival is set for Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Forsyth Park in Savannah. The 13th annual festival celebrates the joy of reading, the power of the written word and the magic of storytelling with children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country.

In conjunction with the Children’s Book Festival, the library is hosting a Young Writer’s Contest. An award’s ceremony and reception for the winners, their families and writing teachers will take place on Thursday, November 3rd at 5:30p.m.

Tiny Treasures presented by Coastal Bead Society
Coastal Bead Society
December 2, 2016 - January 20, 2017 

Friday, December 2, 5 - 9PM

Gallery Demonstrations
Tuesdays, 11AM - 1PM
December 6 & 13
January 10 & 17

This exhibit showcases the beauty and diversity of things that can be made with beads. Members of the Coastal Bead Society present works in an astonishing variety of ways through the creation of jewelry, wearable art, embellished home decor items, and more. Viewers can explore the materials used and learn more about a variety of beading techniques. Highlighted in the exhibition will be works created using the following:

Bead Embroidery and Surface Design
Bead Weaving
Bead Stringing
Wire Working
Beads and Fibers

Members of the Coastal Bead Society will be in the gallery on Tuesdays, December 6 & 13 and January 10 & 17 from 11am to 1pm working on projects and answering technique questions.

2017 Gallery Exhibitions
February 2 - 24
16th Annual New Beginning Youth Art Exhibition

March 3 - 31
William Glaser

April 7 - 28

May 5 - June 2
Napoleon Wilkerson