Our new space has given us the ability to showcase more local artists as well as our folk artists. We’ve become a destination here and online for people looking for folk art. As a result these collectors have been introduced to our local artists, and in turn, have purchased pieces by them as well.
Lovell has always been a staunch supporter of the arts, but it wasn’t until years later, after an impromptu move to Savannah, that she began her journey as an artist and a gallery owner.
Kristopher Monroe, Savannah Art Scene, asks each person about the most notable art event of 2018 they were personally involved in and also asked about the most notable event they were not involved in. Their answers provide a delightful mix of perspectives that highlight the mosaic of creative experiences that make up the Savannah arts scene.
If you’re in Savannah and want a mix of both “non-traditional” local works and authentic folk pieces, try Roots Up Gallery, owned by Leslie Lovell and Francis Allen. They have a great eye for artists who express fanciful imagery and unconventional perspectives. You’ll also find some of the classics like Clementine Hunter, Jimmy Lee Sudduth and my old buddy R. A. Miller. You may even run into some of the local artists during the Second Saturday Art Walk.
“Our goal is to share a different style of art that is both approachable and affordable. It is also wonderful to share the many stories behind the creation of each piece,” says Leslie Lovell.