Indoor-outdoor gallery to benefit local farmers’ market

‘3+ Dozen’ opens at Location Gallery

'Breakfast of Champions' by August Alderman
'Breakfast of Champions' by August Alderman
Photo Courtesy of Location Gallery
Lennie Ciliento by 'Pink Peep'
An indoor-outdoor event with various local artists opens Friday from 6-8 p.m., with gallery profits from the show donated to Forsyth Farmer’s Market programs. Location Gallery showcases art in their upcoming group show “3+ Dozen,” featuring one item typically found in a set of twelve, such as donuts, eggs, roses, zodiac signs, peeps and popsicles. Each item is isolated into a singularity, which is relatable to their individual isolation and playful at the same time. Each artist’s mediums range from painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media.

“It’s a little bit of an odd curation because I left it up to chance by the artists, but it’s been really interesting seeing what’s come in from any medium, and we got a vast array of styles, work, and backgrounds for a layered experience. It’s a fun show process selecting the work with a lot of different viewpoints and perspectives, stuff for everybody.

It’s been a mix for us as far as the artist. We try to use all local because I think that’s important since we’re local as well,” explained gallery director Peter Roberts.

“3+ Dozen” features 17 local Savanah artists, including Stacie Jean Albano, August Alderman, Claire Barrett, Lennie Ciliento, Jenny Eitel, Maxx Feist, James Graham, Mary Hartman, Ahmad Jackson, Robin Johnson, Rubi McGrory, Marta McWhorter, Michelle Perez, Peter E. Roberts, Shelley Smith, Rose Marie Woulfe and Jason Zimmer.

Each artist found their subject based on what is sold in a pack of a dozen. Claire Barrett did zodiac signs, Jason Zimmer, an avid fisherman, painted a minnow, Lennie Ciliento, painted marshmallow peeps, Rubi McGrory, a popsicle, and Shelley Smith a welded rose.

“Jenny Eitel does such great realistic, floating food items on a simple color background. That fried egg looks like you can eat it, it’s photorealistic.

Claire Barrett, a local photographer from Ireland who did Zodiac signs she does these great photographs of a lion on Gaston Street. She has incredible digital photography skills, so it looks like there is wildlife in downtown Savannah,” added Roberts.

All profits from this show go to programs benefiting the Forsyth Farmer’s Market programs that promote sustainable, nutritious, and affordable food to people in need in the community. While also supporting local growers and producers’ environmentally conscious efforts.

“The non-profit that we are donating the entire run of the show to is Forsyth Farmers Market, but we are directing it to their food coupon program. If people buy with a WIC card, this fund allows them to get double their dollars for their purchase. Healthy eating for underserved communities, which I think is just great getting fresh farm to food to people.

We’re not just arts; we are also a community. We like to do shows that cater to non-profits. Location Gallery, we always say we that we’re building a better community one art show at a time—that’s our motto—because the gallery profits go to the local nonprofit,” concluded Roberts.

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Nicole Youngblut

Nicole Youngblut is a contributing writer for Connect Savannah, where she covers the local art and events scene. As a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology, she spent many years in New York City as a fashion stylist and promoter. Her passion for biographies, entertainment and the arts is the perfect...
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