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Rising along the river

Haitian artist makes a living selling paintings along River Street

By Brandy Simpkins

Every day, Jean Claude Martin sets up shop along with many other businesses lining Savannah’s riverfront. As locals and visitors begin to stroll the cobblestoned streets during this warm season of the year, crowds surround him — some to marvel at his artwork, some to buy. Martin uses vibrant colors, an island flair, and endless inspiration to paint lively people and places with no two paintings being identical, the artist said.

Like many passersby, I found myself captivated by a painter on River Street. Every day, Jean Claude Martin sets up shop along with many other businesses lining Savannah’s riverfront...

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