‘Rite of the Dragon’ -- SCAD presents a “river spectacle” celebrating the graduating class of 2006 at Morrell Park, East River Street Friday, June 2, 4:30 p.m. The event includes a 70-foot-long-by-10-foot-high motorized sculpture based on the mythic Chinese dragon sailing down the Savannah River. Free and open to the public.
Starland First Friday -- “2 Artists with 1 Stone: Pallavi Govindnathan’s Violent Traditions” and Chris Revelle’s “Absolute: A Tribute To the Empire.” Pallavi’s “Violent Traditions” is a series of work based on the brutal violence of acid throwing victims in Bangladesh; young women are scarred and permanently disfigured due to refusal of marriage or love proposals. Chris’s “Absolute: A Tribute To the Empire” is a continuation of works dealing with the United States as a “corporation-run terrorist organization.” Opening reception First Friday June 2, 6-10 p.m. Starland Center for Contemporary Art, 2428 Bull St.
‘Hints of Use: An Exhibition of Handmade Pottery’ -- Exhibition features hand-built ceramics by James Lobb. The opening reception will be held Friday, June 2, 6 p.m. Desot O row Gallery, 2427 Desoto Ave, between Whitaker and Bull Streets.
Luther Vann -- The Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk art presents work by this visionary painter through June 28. The Hurn Museum, 1015 Whitaker St. Tuesday-Saturday 11-4; Sunday 12-4; closed Monday. Adults $ 4, Students $ 3.
Iocovozzi Fine Art -- Has moved into a new space at One West Jones on the southwest corner of Jones and Bull.
Gallery 440 -- Located between Monterey Square and Forsyth Park, Gallery 440 welcomes Charlotte Dunlap, Morgan Kuhn, Cissie Victor and Frances Walter, artists in residence. Also upstairs are works by photographer Tim Coy and paintings by Billy Herrin. 440 Bull St., open 11-5 Wed-Sat.
Vera Wang exhibit -- The Savannah College of Art and Design presents this show through June 4 at Red Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St.
‘Abstract and Abstracted’ -- Chroma Gallery hosts a show featuring six popular Chroma artists: Loja - a collaboration of two favorites Jan Clayton Pagratis and Lori Keith Robinson; Ikeda Lowe; Ursula Brenner Elena Madden; and Heather Lindsey Stewart. 31 Barnard St.
Yamacraw Public Art -- In front of the First Bryan Baptist Church in Yamacraw Village. The park includes a bronze fountain featuring three dancing children, walls of photo-etched panels depicting people and events related to the site, and native plantings.
Telfair Art Fair Call for Artists -- From November 3-5 the 12th Annual Telfair Art Fair will feature original work by top local, regional and national artists. The weekend-long juried art fair, held at historic Telfair Square, features a wide variety of original art for sale, with a range of prices and styles to suit every taste. Entry deadline is July 15. Cash prizes, including the Best of Show Award, will be given to outstanding artists. All proceeds from the event benefit the Telfair Museum of Art, the South’s oldest art museum. Call 790.8869 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call to Artists -- Tybee Arts Association Inc. announces their intent to populate the streets and parks of Tybee with turtles. Seeking artists who will develop personalities for these Tybee Turtles. Your canvas is a larger than life, five foot long, three dimensional fiberglass turtle. Parts may be painted, or upholstered, some parts added, others removed. Honorarium of $1,000 offered. Applications received before June 15 may be considered for the next release of 20 turtles by year end 2006. Collaborations encouraged. Sponsored by the Tybee Arts Association and the City of Tybee Island, Georgia. Call Rebecca Rice at 786-0617.
10plus1 -- Work by Katherine Agurcia, Shana D’Attilio, Michael Gaffney, Sarah Gibbons, Steffanie Halley, Brandon Harrison, Mellisa Marshall, Jade McCully, Nichole Paschal, Mandy Springer, and Jaclyn Norman at The Starlander Cafe, 11 E. 41st. St. Through May 26. Call 443-9355.
Benjamin Jones and Meryl Truett -- New works at the Barbara Archer Gallery/Savannah, 306 East Huntingdon St., through June 3.
‘Journey of a Soul’ -- Work of Outsider artist Larry Beaver documents his struggle with his demons. Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk Art, 1015 Whitaker Street, (on the corner of Park Avenue and Whitaker), 234-7322, Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 - 4; Sunday 12 - 4; Closed Monday. Adults $4; Students $3.
Steel Feathers -- Innovative, beguiling, bigger than life sculptures by Eric Longo, through June 12 at The Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk Art, 1015 Whitaker Street, on the corner of Park and Whitaker, tele: 234-7322. Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 4; Sunday 12 - 4; closed Monday. Adults $4; Students $3.
‘Botanical Impressions’ -- Photography by Michael D. Weinman, MD, May-June at the Hospice Savannah Gallery of Art, 1352 Eisenhower Dr. Gallery hours 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
JEA Art for June– The Art Show at the Jewish Educational Alliance beginning June 1 will feature the art of the late Joan Kobitz.
Jepson Center for the Arts– Inaugural exhibitions include: “Robert Rauschenberg: Scenarios and Short Stories”; “Darryl Pottorf: A Perspective”; work by Christopher Rauschenberg; and “Savannah Revisited.” Call 790-8800. ç