CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS OF SGA
The biomorphic nature of Beth’s sculptures appears to have been formed deep beneath the ocean's surface. What may begin as a simple small vase becomes more beautiful and intriguing as the clay asserts itself beneath her fingers, often going through times of doubt and frustration as neither sculptor nor clay are sure where they are heading. Eventually, these unrestrained graceful lines reach beyond imagination as she relinquishes control and allows the clay the freedom to preside over the ultimate design.
The fine edges of her pieces take hours to fine-tune with approximately 90 pinches per minute. Her larger sculptures have been pinched over 12,000 to 21,000 times.
“Struggling with Tourette Syndrome has been a major factor when carrying these fragile sculptures to the kiln, praying to God they'll make it in one piece - no small feat for the large ones. This motor control disorder rarely allows me the luxury of being still and moving gracefully, so a sudden jerk or tic can turn a bone-dry sculpture into a cloud of dust in a heartbeat."
IG: & Facebook: beth.anne.krah
Seeking to infuse a tropical style into her abstract art, Valerie draws inspiration from her Floridian roots, as well as her time spent living abroad near the beaches of Antigua, Philippines, Jamaica and the South of France. Island colors.. bright and bold are her signature look that can be incorporated into any room of the house. Valerie also paints with hot wax making encaustic monotypes of beautiful coastal landscapes and colorful mermaid faces.
Instagram : @vkdumasart
Ricky is originally from Wichita, Kansas where he recently retired from the aircraft industry. He began his venture into the art world by studying sketching and painting at the Wichita Center for the Arts for five years. He recently moved to Savannah to be closer to his family.
He has been oil painting for sixteen years and has won many awards both regionally and nationally. He describes his style as semi-impressionistic boardering on realism; therefore, seeing himself as a traditional artist.
His main inspiration is from his own reference photos to set the composition. His main objective through the act of painting allows his thoughts, along with his emotions and the colors to converge from within to create an original one-of-a-kind piece of art. Ultimately, the result will emotionally and conceptually also move others from within.
Courtney Trowman’s whimsical mixed media collage was born out of an inherent need for expression, a passion for art, yet the inability to draw. She became inspired to discover her own style after seeing a Robert Rauschenberg exhibit. Her love and eye for photography came much more easily, and also from her father.
Trowman, aka CC Bella, came specifically to her collage art in her 20s, self-taught by curiosity, play and experimentation while living as a professional dancer in Los Angeles. Much of her work consists of found materials and upcycled / recycled items due to a combination of her tendency to pick up odd bits and pieces off the street along with a strong desire to reduce her carbon footprint. Courtney sometimes incorporates epoxy resin in both her collage work and her photography, giving the pieces more complex multidimensional layers.
She began showing her work in 2018 and has been on display at Sulfur Studios, RootsUp Gallery, Corkhouse Gallery, Cedar House Gallery, the JEA, Coffee.Deli, and Locally Made Savannah. Her creative career also includes being a published poet, a professional dance theatre performer and Assistant Director for Zion Dance Company, all of which have influenced her art.
“My style of collage does not follow the traditional definition of the technique, and yet it comes close to describing my particular brand of layering various materials and techniques into one piece. Most of my pieces feature at least 50% of found, upcycled and or recycled materials. In the last decade especially, I developed a stronger desire to do as much as possible to reduce my carbon footprint. I love rescuing items, that would otherwise go to the landfill and giving them a second life in artwork. Whether it’s for a collage or photography piece, I exclusively find the items that become my canvases and/or frames second hand.. Even most of my paint comes from Starlandia Supply here in Savannah.
“This not only fulfills a very practical and necessary purpose for our planet, but I find that these random items give new meaning and bring a special kind of energy to my work. I’ve also seen that the unexpected and whimsical quality of my work speaks to a softer layer within people, something that is so needed in a harsh world.”
Facebook: CC Bella Collage @ccbellacollage
Ken Tighe lives in Savannah and has been working with clay since 1985. A Massachusetts native, his work has appeared in numerous shops and galleries in the New England area.
A Georgia resident since 2005, he has shown his sculpture in many Low Country venues.
His interest in human figure studies has developed into a successful line of mermaids along with numerous other figurative pieces. Decorated with ceramic glazes or acrylic paint, the work continues to evolve.
The Savannah Gallery of Art has become the exclusive home for his work.
Cathleen Campbell was born in Colorado but grew up in West Virginia where she decided at 5 she would be an artist. She majored in Fine Arts at West Virginia University and was responsible for the Read- Aloud West Virginia and the A for Arts which incorporated art into the curriculum the schools.
She has studied in both France and Italy, and has won several awards including 3 first place, 2 second and 3 honorable mentions from the Savannah Arts Association.
Last year she had a one women show that was titled “From the Mountains to the Ocean, my Journey in Art “ at the Taylor Arts Council in West Virginia. Tybee Island has been her home for the last 12 years and she is influenced by her surroundings .
You can see her work at the Savannah Gallery of Art and the Tybee Cottage Art Gallery.
CORA ENNIS MORRIS
Making art has always been an innate desire for Cora throughout her life as much as her connection to nature and exploring the world.
Over the years, she has worked in various mediums as seen in her portfolio. After painting with acrylics for many years, Cora was in search of another medium to develop a new style. This occurred in 2012 while attending an opening for the encaustic artist Martin Kline. That night the seeds were planted as she was immediately drawn to the texture, translucency, and light that can only be achieved with the encaustic medium. Encaustic is the fusing of bees wax and damar resin that has been in use since Ancient times. After seeing the exhibit she registered for a workshop offered at the New Britain Museum of American Art to learn the process and was completely captivated. Her vision developed over time as she worked with the medium to incorporate encaustic with photography, painting, and printmaking. While not a classically trained photographer, over the years Cora has subconsciously embraced photography in her travels across the globe; as a way to capture her experiences. Cora best describes her style as modern/traditional that quietly takes the viewer into a time and place experienced by the artist with each piece created.
Since moving to Savannah with her husband in 2017 from Connecticut, she is finding endless inspiration among the live oaks and beautiful coastline. Cora has lived on the East coast her entire life. The ocean naturally creates a sense of peace for Cora, and a responsibility to raise awareness for preservation through her artwork.
Cora has a BFA in Painting & Printmaking from Central Connecticut State University. Over the years she’s had numerous one-woman shows and has participated in juried exhibits, and group shows. Cora’s work can be found in the homes of private collectors in Georgia and California. She is currently being represented by the Grand Bohemian Gallery Plant Riverside in Savannah, Georgia as well as a contributing artists in the Savannah Gallery of Art.
Logan Artisan is a fine artist based in Savannah Georgia and is most well known for her renderings of the beautiful city, though she loves painting women, flowers, and nature landscapes as well. As a child she drew constantly carrying her sketchbook everywhere.
She was raised in North Carolina and studied classical music earning a degree in vocal performance, while also taking classes in painting at Wingate University. After graduation she made Savannah her new home and studied graduate illustration at SCAD. The journey was not all smooth sailing.
Years of undiagnosed Lyme disease lead to pain and neurological problems. Some got better some did not. From this she feels she’s grown as a person and believes, “We all hurt at times, but there is so much beauty in the world and so much to be grateful for.” Her art has always been about capturing moments of beauty.
She finds little moments of beauty everywhere and tries to remember or take photos that inspire her work.
Living right outside Savannah now with her husband, two dogs, a cat, 8 chickens, 1 duck, and a garden, Logan finds herself more inspired by nature than ever.
Those beautiful moments when the sun is shining through the gaps of an old tree, or in the city capturing a sunset lighting the Spanish moss ablaze with hints of orange and pink.
She says about her art, “I want my pieces to not only capture life like a photo but to be almost moving. I want the viewer to feel as though they can feel the breeze.” Logan uses thicker paint close up, so subjects bounce out from the piece. She adds strange angles and blurry spots to show how something would be perceived by the human eye. She, above all, wants to make whatever corner of the world she is in more beautiful.