WHEN IT RAINS, it pours, right? Fortunately for us all, this weekend has more art events than you can shake a rainstick at.
Some of them are in conjunction with the First Fridays in Starland, the monthly party in that section of town. Some galleries are just breaking out of the summer slump.
Whatever the reason, there’s no reason for you not to get out there and check out the art around town. Let’s get to it!
Lovely Little Things @Foxy Loxy
Austin native Caitlin B. Alexander’s collection of illustrations highlights the lovely little things in life. The prints, which draw from the aesthetic of the 1940s and 50s, are at once modern and nostalgic. The opening reception coincides with First Friday, and her prints will remain at Foxy through September 24.
Planets and Aerials @Starland Café
Becca Cook’s out-of-this-world exhibition hosts its closing reception this week, so it’s your last chance to see her work. Her abstract paintings reference cosmic elements and are inspired by her childhood, where she watched the shuttle come into Edwards Air Force Base in south California. The last day to see Becca’s work is August 9.
Show Me Yours @Location Gallery, LGBT Center
Location Gallery opens its second location at the Savannah LGBT Center this Friday evening with a silent art auction. Twelve local artists contribute to the auction, and gallery profits will be donated to First City Network for the Center. It’s the perfect way to support the center, the gallery, and your LGBT neighbors.
Afterbeing @20 W. State St.
Where do we come from, and what will we become? Let SCAD graduates Mafe Soltero, Rob Summerlin, and Robert Cameron help you find that answer in Afterbeing, an immersive multimedia show that’s an abstract homage to the human timeline. The three artists work in different media—Soltero is a fiber artist, Summerlin is a figurative painter, and Cameron a photographer—ensuring this show is diverse as it is challenging. Afterbeing is only open through Sunday, Aug. 6.
The Creative Mixture of Art @Sulfur Studios
SCAD Graduate students Hanting Zhang and Siqiao Liu’s paintings combine art forms and cultures in this show, presented by fellow student Siyi Qian. Zhang’s paintings feature superheroes and blend Western and Eastern cultures, and Liu’s paintings showcase femininity. The exhibition only runs through the weekend.
Nada Bo Bada @20 W. Duffy St.
You won’t find much information about Nada Bo Bada, but maybe it’s better that way. The artists listed as hosts on the Facebook event page are Georgia Nicholas, Brynna Hall, and Nico Bohorquez, and they describe it as “a sensory explorative art experience,” but that’s about all the information you’ll uncover. It all goes down Friday night at 7 p.m., and it looks like you’ll have to see it to believe it.
Art on River Street @Rousakis Plaza
Hosted by the organization Savannah River Street Arts, this monthly event allows local artists to display and sell their art down by the river. It all happens Saturday and Sunday, starting at 10 a.m.
Free Family Day @Jepson Center
Before the first full week of school (it’s really that time already?), let the kids celebrate the dog days of summer with William Wegman’s beloved Weimaraners. They’ll get to create their own altered photos, see Wegman’s dogs in the exhibition, and learn about Savannah’s dogs available for adoption—all for free. Museum admission is free from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 5.
Inside Out: Outside In @Oglethorpe Gallery
Yu Xia curates this exhibition of paintings by Chenyi Sun, both SCAD graduate students. Chenyi’s paintings explore interpersonal relationships in our society and his feelings of being an outsider looking in. This exhibition is only up for the weekend.
Surreal Savannah @Sentient Bean
Presented by Sulfur Art Services, Britton Dockery’s surreal acrylic paintings create imagery that is truer than the literal truth. He is a self-taught artist, inspired by Magritte and Dali, and is inspired by the heart of Savannah’s city. The exhibition hosts its opening reception during First Friday in Starland and will run through October 3.
Live Oaks Illuminated @Grand Bohemian Gallery
St. Simons Island resident Barbara Northrup captures the mystery and beauty of the Southern live oak in this collection of photography. Her exhibition opens Friday evening and is open through August 31.
The Animal Alphabet @Henny Penny Art Space & Café
Strawberry Moth’s Jessie Duthu presents her small works show featuring the alphabet illustrated with playful animals. The opening reception on Friday is the perfect place for kids to grab a snack, participate in a free craft project, and get in the photo booth.
Manifesting Mobile @Sulfur Studios
Joanne Morton describes herself as a Positive Energy Artist, and with her Magic Passion Love Manifesting Mobile, it’s easy to see why. Since 2010, she’s invited people from all over the country to decorate a small cardboard circle with their vision for humanity. She’ll unveil it on First Friday, so if you’re looking for a jolt of inspiration and positivity, head that way.