SCAD art preparator, Creative Coast Gallery co-director and every media artist Benjamin C. Stanley enjoys the sound of the buzz in the air that is Fashion’s Night Out Savannah. Stanley will feature Brian Jolly, manager of Half-Moon Outfitters, outdoorsman and mayor of Broughton Street for the Savannah Windows project. Not unlike the sound of his last name, “Brian is one of the nicest, most friendly you’ll ever meet and he shows a great deal of enthusiasm for our fine city.”
Kay Wolfersperger's big love for all things Savannah is apparent as she co-directs The Creative Coast Gallery , creates wonders at SCAD's Working Class Studio and, for the Savannah Windows, develops works based on Savannah fashion boy-wonder Kyle Millsap and Savannah enthusiast Barry Karlin. ”Barry brings a unique perpspective to Savannah and deserves to be highlighted.” About Kyle she exclaims, ” His attire is always impeccable, eye-catching and artfully chosen. He is a clear-cut, stylish icon.”
Wolfersperger’s work which includes drawing, printmaking and fibers works can be characterized in the same fashion; impeccable, eye-catching, artful, unique and stylish.
As she toggles between disciplines, she enthuses about the Savannah Windows project, “The project strikes me as genuine and an example of ‘true’ art. I’m so appreciate of the local people that make our everyday notable.”
Personal discovery and relationships guide the work of Alex Soto. His careful exploration of what we “know” is re-ordered and re-discovered through his reflections on Savannah, its artists and for this project, the Pulitzer prize winning poet Conrad Aiken and SCAD's president Paula Wallace.
Kellie Walker depicts settlers of new and unexpected frontiers through her exploration of the individual and his or her accomplishments. She finds the inventor-explorer in all of us, but for Savannah Windows project Juliet Gordon Lowe and Kevin McPhereson serve as her muses.
She remarks, “Both serve as role models, enrich locals and visitors, and each reminds us that opportunity is close at hand.”
With trailblazing in mind, she states, “This is a great opportunity to work with talented local artists and, at the same time, allow the public to interact with art without the construct of a traditional gallery or museum.”
Portrait painter and collaborative street artist, Troy Wandzel depicts Savannahian citizen advocate Tom Kohler and multi-media and 3D artist Mike Williams as his subjects for the upcoming Savannah Windows project.
Wandzel remarks of his election, “Both men represent the “true Savannah”. They have experienced what Savannah was and is, and both constantly strive to bring a “balance” and understanding to the people of Savannah.”
Of the project itself Wandzel suggests, “Savannah needs more community supported programs to promote and expose the working artists in the city. This display supports this idea on a local and national level.”
savannah windows: Dr. Z (James Zdaniewski) statement
Entertained and instructed by the collaborative nature of the Savannah Windows project, Dr. Z reaches to Savannah’s far past and finds riches in Tomochichi.
Exiled from his own Creek people, Tomochichi settled in Savannah creating a new group, the Yamacraw, from members of both the Yamasee and the Creek. He went on to moderate and facilitate relations among the English, Spanish and resident population.
Zdaniewski notes, ”Tomochichi was cautious, yet just as interested in learning…expanding his mind instead of sticking to tradition. Without his open mind, Oglethorpe wouldn’t have been able to peacefully negotiate with the neighboring tribes.”
Dr. Z’s second piece will feature a wood-cut technique in which he will carve a portrait of another icon dear to his heart.
Stand by for more from this artist who stays true to his (growing) roots in collaborative and multi-media work. ”I’m looking forward to seeing how the Savannah Windows artists’ styles shine together. I think the passerby will be amazed by the scale and breadth of this project,” states the artist.
One a soldier and the other a champion of the arts, these warriors face their respective battles in a manner that inspires pride, affection, awe and respect.
Hebermehl honors their integrity and fortitude.
Hebermehl has also selected DaVena Jordan and Bobby Zarem as subjects. Both are homegrown tireless networkers and wranglers of talent. DaVena mines local gems to showcase to the Savannah community and beyond, while Zarem brings in stars from distant galaxies not to show them off to us, but to show us off to them.