Savannah’s Art Scene Has Much to Explore!

It’s widely known that Savannah is a virtual haven for art buffs. But did you know that our city’s art community dates as far back as the 1880s when Telfair Museums, the South’s oldest public art museum, was founded. And, that we have somewhere around 60 art galleries at our disposal; to put it into perspective, that’s reportedly twice more per capita than New York City. What’s more, Savannah is a perennial Top 10 arts destination on AmericanStyle’s annual list.

So, simply put, Savannah’s visual arts scene runs deep and rich and there is a lot to see and do with just as many ways to experience the vibrancy of it all. Like browsing art galleries while taking a stroll through the Historic District or soaking in local art while sipping java at one of the coffeehouses running monthly exhibitions. Then too, you can also…

Take in Telfair Museums.

When you visit Telfair’s three sites, your artistic journey will span centuries. Owens-Thomas House, now a historic museum, conveys you to the 19th century with room after room of period antiques, paintings and other decorative arts. At Telfair Academy, a former mansion built in the early 1800s, you’ll see 19th and 20th century American and European works of art including paintings, sculpture and works on paper. And then there’s the Jepson Center, the cutting-edge cornerstone of the museum’s contemporary art collection, and a Savannah landmark.

Visit the SCAD Venues.

Putting Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) venues on your list is a “no-brainer,” as they say, given the school’s larger-than-life artistic energy. And by visiting both the SCAD galleries scattered around town as well as the SCAD Museum of Art, you get to experience the handiwork of students, faculty and alumni and visiting national and regional artists, plus exhibitions of highly acclaimed professional artists that are showcased at the museum, an artistic wonder in and of itself.

Stop by City Market. 

Whether you make a special trip to Savannah’s world-famous City Market to browse the upstairs Art Center or you combine it with a shopping, dining or entertainment outing there, your visit is sure to be an inspirational treat. Chances are, you’ll get to meet some of the two dozen-plus local exhibiting artists and to watch them work. On top of that you can get your fill of variety—genres ranging from vivid folk-art paintings to fine-art photography—all under one roof.

Go on an Art Walk.

As the popularity of Savannah Art Walk and First Friday Art March suggest, these monthly gallery hops have much to pique the interests of art lovers. If you’ve not yet experienced it, the First Friday Art March in the Starland District is an evening when studios and galleries host receptions, local artists set up sidewalk shops, and live musical acts entertain the crowds. Likewise, Savannah Art Walk in Historic Downtown delights participants with wine pours a gratis, face time with artists, self-guided tours of upwards of 30 galleries, and a cool after party in an urbane hotel setting.

Mosey Out to Tybee Island. 

We would be remiss not to include a reminder about the artistic offerings just down the road on Tybee Island. Tybee is home to several art galleries and local artist studios, all of which give you the opportunity to “scratch your art itch” while letting the ocean breezes and the rhythmic sounds of the surf lull your cares away. And if the timing of your visit is in the latter part of September, you can catch the annual Coastal Arts Fair where the work of regional artists is featured.

To sum it up, art is here, there and everywhere in Savannah and many of the opportunities to enjoy it are free. This makes for yet another checkmark on the list of many wonderful reasons people clamor to make Savannah their home. And it’s among the many reasons that our team of top-notch professionals at Live Love Savannah real estate is sure enough proud to help folks check that off their wish list. 

We welcome your questions! If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in and around Savannah, call us today and let us help you with your real estate needs. 

Julie Farmer | Real Estate Broker | (912) 341-6601

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