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Local Spotlight: Roots Up Gallery

Savannah has a happening arts scene, which you’ll know if you’ve ever stepped foot into the Downtown Design District. We want to support artists by spotlighting one Savannah, GA, art gallery that celebrates artists as they give shape to their passions: Roots Up Gallery.

They share art from local, regional, and folk artists who possess a “soulful” style. You can find paintings, pottery, and jewelry on display that may inspire the artist in you, too! Read ahead and learn more about this gallery.

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Brian MacGregor, Susan Laney, Leslie Lovell, Jerome Meadows | Photography by David Laughlin

Brian MacGregor, Susan Laney, Leslie Lovell, Jerome Meadows | Photography by David Laughlin

Art on the Air 2019 Panel Discussion: How to make it as an artist in Savannah

WRUU 107.5 Savannah | Art on the Air | Rob Hessler & David Laughlin | Panel: Jerome Meadows, | Leslie Lovell of Roots Up Gallery | Susan Laney | Brian MacGregor

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By Kelly Carper

By Kelly Carper

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American Art Collector: Savannah GA, Art City Focus

"In the Downtown Design District you’ll find Roots Up Gallery, a stand out in Savannah’s art scene in its focus on Southern folk and outsider art. Owned by Leslie Lovell, Roots Up celebrates its fifth anniversary on May 1 with the exhibition In the Moment, featuring the nationally exhibited, untamed animal portraits of Helen Durant. Lovell’s gallery offers a true, flavorful taste of the South from its most honest artistic voices; its roster includes legacy folk artists of the region plus contemporary artists working in similarly soulful styles. Locals of note include Lisa D. Watson for her industrial reclaimed wall sculptures, and Savannah’s ubiquitous Panhandle Slim for his quotable pop-culture murals."

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Photography by Rachael Flora

Photography by Rachael Flora

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Five years of Roots Up Gallery 

By Rachael Flora | Art Beat of Savannah | Connect Savannah | April 30, 2019 | Read More

ROOTS Up Gallery is celebrating its fifth anniversary this Wednesday, though you’d be forgiven for thinking it had been around much longer.

To celebrate the anniversary, Lovell brought in painter Helen Durant, whose story struck a chord.

“Her work is very soulful, and that’s in line with the folk art we have,” says Lovell. “Her show fits this [gallery] so perfectly—raw emotion and growth and all that is so wrapped up in everything that’s happening on this anniversary.”

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Photography by Leslie Lovell

Photography by Leslie Lovell

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SavArtScene: Roots Up Gallery celebrates five years of southern folk, ‘outsiders,’ self-taught visionaries

By Kristopher | Savannah Art Scene | DoSavannah | April 27 2019 | Read More

The goal with Roots Up has always been to mix regional folk art with other local artists, mostly self-taught, who might not otherwise be categorized as “folk,” but have a similar creative spirit. Their ethos is the idea of “soulful art borne from within.”

“Everybody has to have a soulfulness in their work,” says Lovell. “You don’t need a dictionary to come in and talk about it. And it’s more reasonably priced.”

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Photography by Molly Hayden

Photography by Molly Hayden

20 Questions: Leslie Lovell Roots Up Gallery

By Jim Reed | Entertainment & Life | DoSavannah, Savannah Morning News | April 25, 2019 | Read More

Leslie Lovell was born in Sanford, N.C., and relocated to Savannah almost a decade ago with her late husband, the beloved local fixture and community activist Francis Allen. Eventually, she and Francis opened Roots Up Gallery, where she now curates one of the most unique and eclectic showcases for unusual art in the region.

The gallery represents over 75 different artists from throughout the South and beyond and focuses primarily on those who are self-taught and developed their talents and skills without benefit of formal instruction. Some are relative unknowns, while others are quite famous, with work held in esteemed private collections and museums worldwide.

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Photography by Leslie Lovell

Photography by Leslie Lovell

Roots Up Gallery showcases collection of pictorial And Abstract wood mosaics by Herbert Albin

By Kristopher Monroe | Savannah Art Scene | Do Savannah | February 28, 2019 | Read More

Roots Up Gallery is nearing its fifth year anniversary and it’s already grown into something of a cultural institution in Savannah.

Roots Up has become the standard bearer for southern folk art and regional artists who take the road less traveled. The artists featured at Roots Up are driven not by a crass commercial expectation of ivory gallery fame and fortune, but by a deeper drive to satiate their compulsive creative urges.

The gallery’s newest featured artist, German born emigre Herbert Albin, fits the mold of other Roots Up artists in that he doesn’t fit any mold at all.

Born in 1919, Albin’s family fled East Germany when he was young. As an adult, Albin immigrated to the United States with his wife Stella and they lived variously in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and South Carolina. Both Albin and his wife were trained musicians and fine artists. Albin made his living as a concert violinist and was Concertmaster of the Charleston and Augusta Symphony Orchestras before retiring.

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Photography by Molly Haden

Photography by Molly Haden

Savannah artist Leslie Lovell works to grow roots, art, gallery

By Molly Hayden | Entertainment & Life | Savannah Morning News | December 14, 2018 | Read More

Of all the objects in her grandmother’s farmhouse in rural North Carolina, the wooden cuckoo clock brought back from Germany defined Leslie Lovell’s childhood.

It was by far the most exotic thing on the walls. To this day, she can still hear her granny pulling the pine-cone shaped weights up each night before bed.

There was rarely original art out in the country where she grew up, only reproductions or a few religious relics. But using the aesthetic of the farm as a mental canvas, she recalls, gave her a deeper appreciation for the things around her. That clock served as a subtle introduction into the form and function of utilitarian design that would later morph into an advocacy for traditional art forms.

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.

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Photography by Rachael Flora, Connect Savannah

Photography by Rachael Flora, Connect Savannah

Roots Up Gallery announces move to Design District

By Jim Morekis | Connect Savannah | September 6, 2017 | Read More

As the local arts community mourns the recent passing of her husband, Francis Allen, Roots Up Gallery owner Leslie Lovell announces the gallery will move to the Design District later this month.

Lovell says, “Not to fear, this move will honor and ensure that Francis’ legacy in the Savannah arts community will be felt for years to come.”

Roots Up Gallery will be moving from its current location at 6 E Liberty Street across from The DeSoto to the Design District on Whitaker Street. The new location will be directly behind James Hogan and across Jones Lane from the Circa Lighting Annex.
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