savannah windows: ALEX SOTO statement

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.

savannah windows: KATHERINE SANDOZ statement

All the visionaries who live and work in our city enlighten, amuse, instruct and inspire. They do so in manner that lasts forever.  

Katherine Sandoz studies in mixed media SCAD's president Paula Wallace (with Alex Soto), couture designer April Johnston, writer Flannery O’Connor and author Adam Davies as their highly personal, definitively unique and enthusiastic vision for their work and for this city electrify and delight.

savannah windows: JOSE’ RAY statement

Jose Ray soars under the radar to scope out and depict the quieter, lesser known cultural supporters and educators that inhabit our city;  SCAD's fashion professor Anthony Scott Miller, Soap on a Rope's Brady King, and Muse Arts Warehouse's JinHi Soucy Rand.  Their kindness, down-to-earth dispositions and their “work about town” inspires Ray’s creative flight.

Ray offers this heartfelt sentiment, “It is people like these that make me want to live in Savannah and, in fact, to continue my work as a ‘Savannah Artist’.”

savannah windows: TROY WANDZEL statement

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.

savannah windows: HEBERMEHL statement

Co-conspirator and curator of the Savannah Windows project, Matt Hebermehl has chosen Robyn Reeder and Vernon Chad Poole as subjects.  

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. 

detail of April Johnston portrait (in progress)

detail of April Johnston portrait (in progress)

savannah windows: ALEX SOTO statement

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.

savannah windows: KATHERINE SANDOZ statement

All the visionaries who live and work in our city enlighten, amuse, instruct and inspire. They do so in manner that lasts forever.  

Katherine Sandoz studies in mixed media SCAD's president Paula Wallace (with Alex Soto), couture designer April Johnston, writer Flannery O’Connor and author Adam Davies as their highly personal, definitively unique and enthusiastic vision for their work and for this city electrify and delight.

savannah windows: JOSE’ RAY statement

Jose Ray soars under the radar to scope out and depict the quieter, lesser known cultural supporters and educators that inhabit our city;  SCAD's fashion professor Anthony Scott Miller, Soap on a Rope's Brady King, and Muse Arts Warehouse's JinHi Soucy Rand.  Their kindness, down-to-earth dispositions and their “work about town” inspires Ray’s creative flight.

Ray offers this heartfelt sentiment, “It is people like these that make me want to live in Savannah and, in fact, to continue my work as a ‘Savannah Artist’.”

savannah windows: TROY WANDZEL statement

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.

savannah windows: HEBERMEHL statement

Co-conspirator and curator of the Savannah Windows project, Matt Hebermehl has chosen Robyn Reeder and Vernon Chad Poole as subjects.  

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. 

detail of April Johnston portrait (in progress)

detail of April Johnston portrait (in progress)

savannah windows: BENJAMIN C. STANLEY statement
savannah windows: KAY WOLFERSPERGER statement
savannah windows: ALEX SOTO statement
savannah windows: KATHERINE SANDOZ statement
savannah windows: JOSE’ RAY statement
savannah windows: TROY WANDZEL statement
savannah windows: Dr. Z (James Zdaniewski) statement
savannah windows: HEBERMEHL statement

About:

Savannah Windows is an ongoing project with the goal of integrating local art with local business. Our current project revolves around Vogue magazine's Fashion Night Out on September 8, 2011. Our hometown of Savannah, GA was selected as a host for this global event. With the help of the Creative Coast, Savannah Windows has partnered with businesses and residents along York street and Broughton street to create window installations celebrating the rich cast of characters from Savannah's past and present.

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