From San Fran to Ossabaw -- Recent paintings by Stacie Jean Albano, through Dec. 23 at Gallery Espresso, 234 Bull St. Reception is Thursday, Dec. 16, 6-8 p.m.
The Elusive Figure -- Charcoal & ink by Nancy Doolan and drawing and watercolor by Jorge Alvarez opens at Pinnacle Gallery, 320 E. Liberty St. Featuring two SCAD professors working from the model over the past year, this show runs through Jan. 2.
Fluid Dynamics - New work by James Allen, local photographer. At the Elysium wine bar & gallery, on Chippewa Square. Show runs through Jan. 15.
Watercolor & Oils at Savannah Plastic Surgery -- Local artists display their paintings in the lobby of the new facility at Savannah Plastic Surgery, 7208 Hodgson Memorial Drive. Artists featured are Maxine Helmey, Bobbie Kraft, Pamella Dykema, Frances D. Mills, Bess Ramsey and Barbara Gentry.
Gallery 209 December artists -- The Artists of the Month at Gallery 209 are clay sculpture artist Ann Merritt and watercolorist Jo Gabeler. Gallery 209 is at 209 E. River Street and is open seven days a weeks, from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. most nights.
Maps in the Newton Collection lecture --
SCAD presents the final Newton Center gallery talk of the fall quarter by SCAD art history professor James Janson, Ph.D., Sunday, Dec. 12, 1:30 p.m., at the Earle W. Newton Center for British-American Studies, 227 MLK Jr. Blvd.. The talk coincides with an open house at the Newton Center that day from 1-5 p.m. Janson will discuss Maps in the Newton Collection, which discusses highlights of the exhibition Mapping the Past: A Selection of Antique Cartography from the Newton Collection. Free and open to the public.
Faran Riley Peterson -- Detailed paper collages and drawings by this 18-year-old artist on display December 2-10 at the DesotoRow Gallery in the Starland Design District.
Conforming to Individuality -- Seven local artists open their Senior Exhibition in the Fine Arts Gallery at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Features ceramics and mixed media by Bradley J. Warren; ceramic sculptures by Jeanette Kehr; photography and computer art by Melissa St. Laurent; paintings and ceramics by Robert Bell; paintings by Curtis Lesage; ceramics, fabric designs, and photography by Mary Margaret Wilborn; and fabric designs and mixed media by Shari Roberts. Exhibition is open Dec. 1-16, weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hurn Museum opens -- A new local art museum, The Hurn Museum of Contemporary Folk Art, presents its inaugural exhibition, A Retrospective, 1975-2004 by Rudolph Valentino Bostic. 1015 Whitaker Street - corner of Whitaker and Park Avenue, on Forsyth Park. Museum hours are Tues.- Sat. 11-4, Sun. 12-4, closed Mon. Admission $4 adults, $3 students, children under 12 and members free.
Phenalaneenee -- A conceptual multi-media installation by Marianna Harkeroad and Stephanie Swinson. Part of the December First Friday at The Starland Center of Contemporary Art. Runs through Jan. 10 (closed Christmas through New Years). Free and open to the public
Small Works -- SCAD presents an exhibition of pieces by students, alumni, faculty and staff in a variety of media that measure fewer than 18 inches in any direction. Through Dec. 31, at Red Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St.
Tiffany Drabek -- This local artist holds her annual Holiday Pottery Exhibit & Sale Sat. Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tiffany Drabek Studio, 215 East 64th St.
Uncommon Knowledge: When the Meadows Became Benjamin Van Clark -- Through January 29 at Gallery S.P.A.C.E., 9 West Henry Street. The Department of Cultural Affairs opens an exhibition that charts the development of the Benjamin Van Clark Neighborhood featuring nearly 50 historic photographs and items drawn from collections. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 p.m. Free admission.
Local Landscape -- Gallery 440, 440 Bull St., invites the public to see Savannah through the eyes of painter Fran Thomas and sculptor Tina Logan in this show.
From Apache to Zuni -- The Telfair Museum of Art hosts this exhibit of Native American objects from the Lowe Museum from Sept. 25-Jan. 2. Several events and lectures dealing with the exhibit will be held throughout October.