2009

JANUARY

January 9-14

SEVEN PLY
A group show featuring painted skateboards by:
Christopher Bivens, Whitney Dail, Lauren Fundora, Charles F. Hodge, Jerome Jenner, Maddy Minnis, Tran Nguyen, Will Penny, Nicole Santoni, Shannon Schebell, Benjamin Stanley, Brian Stevenson, Jon Todd, Joseph Varas, Elizabeth Winnel, Kay Wolfersperger, Jonathan Yoerger, Duff Yong

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January 16-21

HOW FAR WE HAVE COME
by Ben Crossley

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Janurary 16-21

CHERISHED
Metals and Jewelry by Brittany Isenberg & Alison Bear

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January 26

MAKING ART YOUR LIFE’S WORK: BUSINESS RESOURCES
Lynn Vos, Savannah Area Director at the Small Business Development Center, will discuss local resources available to artists that are in business or looking to start a business, as well as the basic small business issues that all new businesses face.

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FEBRUARY

February 13-18

THE EXTENDED MOMENT
A juried show featuring photographic work that explores the idea of the extended moment – a long exposure, multiple exposure, or sequential imagery theme. Guest curated by Craig Stevens.

Photograph by Ian Aleksander Adams

Opening Reception Feb 13, 7-9 pm
Truspace

February 14

WINE LOVERS
A Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting

Enjoy a taste of fine wine and art with your sweetheart! Bring your valentine to Wine Lovers, a winter wine tasting. Proceeds will directly benefit Desotorow Gallery. Sponsored by Le Chai, StarlandCAFE, and Savannah Blue Print Co.

February 20-25

LOST IN ADAPTATION
by Jung Hyun Nam

An exhibit featuring photographs that explore the artist’s experience of assimilating into American Culture after his move from South Korea to Columbia, South Carolina at the age of sixteen.

Opening Reception Feb 20, 7-9pm
Desotorow & Truspace

February 24

MAKING ART YOUR LIFE’S WORK: THE INTERSECTION OF ART & LAW
What do artists need to know about what is legal and what could potentially result in legal problems?

Join Rachel Shane, Ph.D. from the Savannah College of Art and Design for a presentation and discussion of the intersection of art and law. Topics will include issues of copyright, trademark infringement, censorship, and fair use through the exploration of specific case studies.”

Truspace 7pm

February 27-March 4

per•ti•nence
by Katy Hall

Opening Reception Feb 28, 6-9pm
Truspace

MARCH

March 6-11

“IF I WERE…”
A group show featuring paintings, installation art, and photography by Carrie Padgett, Margaret Fanning, Tyler Marunycz, and Sara Jo Wohler.

Opening Reception March 6, 6-10pm

March 6

ONE DAY GIFT SHOP
A mock museum gift shop stocked with products created by SCAD’s Issues in Contemporary Photography class. Subversive and humorous in nature, these products interrogate the very canon of “art” photography. Proceeds from the sales will be donated to Desotorow Gallery, Inc. – a community conscious arts organization.

Participating Student Artists:
Ashley Behringer, Brendan Kingsley, Chasity Kendrick, Denielle Nigretto, Emily Metzguer, Jeff Mullikin, Jennifer Robinson, Ian Aleksander Adams, Kyle Ford, Lora Gettelfinger, Sarah Black, Shaun Gillen, Tim Remick

Truspace, 6-10pm

March 7


CREATIVE ACTION
For the first viewing is its month-long series, Desotorow presents Standard Operating Procedure, a documentary directed by Errol Morris that explores twelve photographs taken from Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Participant Media.

Run Time: 116 Minutes  MPAA Rating: R For more information about the film, visit the film site here.

Truspace, 7pm

March 8

“IF I WERE…” ARTIST TALK
Join Carrie Padgett, Margaret Fanning, Tyler Marunycz, and Sara Jo Wohler for an artist talk about the work presented in “If I Were…”.

Desotorow, 2pm

March 14

CREATIVE ACTION
For the second viewing in its month-long series, Desotorow presents Chicago 10, a documentary directed by Brett Morgen that investigates the events leading up to the Chicago Conspiracy Trial. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Participant Media.

Run Time: 102 Minutes MPAA Rating: R

Truspace, 7pm

March 20

TAG, YOU’RE IT!
A Graffiti Performance at Desotorow! To kick off the first day of spring, Desotorow will host a live performance of graffiti artists. Depending on available space, 5-10 artists may sign up to participate in this performance on the evening of March 20th. Some paint will be provided, but graffiti artists are encouraged to bring their own paint, caps, etc. Artists are also required to provide their own safety gear. Sign-ups start at 5:30pm at Desotorow Gallery (only $10 to participate). Painting starts at 6pm! The finished products will stay up in the galleries all week. Come paint or just come to watch and enjoy the Vernal Equinox! Music by DJ Craft. Sponsored by Ex Libris, Montana Paint, Office Max, and Sherwin Williams.

March 21

CREATIVE ACTION
For the third viewing in its month-long series, Desotorow presents Darfur Now, a documentary directed by Ted Braun that depicts the lives of six different individuals from Darfur and around the world, and sheds light on the tradegy in Sudan. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Participant Media.

Run Time: 99 Minutes MPAA Rating: PG For more information about the film, visit the film site here.

Truspace, 7pm

March 28

CREATIVE ACTION
For the final viewing in its month-long series, Desotorow presents The World According to Sesame Street, a documentary directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton and Linda Hawkins Costigan that explores the intricacies behind producing international versions of the most popular children’s television program. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Participant Media.

Run Time: 99 Minutes MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Truspace, 7pm

March 30

MARKING ART YOUR LIFE”S WORK: I WANT TO PAY A MILLION DOLLARS IN TAXES THIS YEAR
Robert Lewis, CPA Inactive, will lead a discussion on tax issues that artists may face. Topics covered will be filing taxes as employed, self-employed, or professional corporation LLC, as well as tips for reducing taxes for each situation. Lewis will address employer non-reimbursed expenses, self-employed expenses, and/or professional corporation LLC expenses. At the height of the tax season, artists will gather together, retain relevant tax knowledge and tools for their own careers, and have the opportunity to ask questions specific to an artist’s tax filing situation.

Truspace 7pm

March 27-April 1

TOXIC LEGACY: AGENT ORANGE IN MODERN DAY VIETNAM
A proposed exhibit featuring documentary work by photographer Michelle Cornejo.

Opening Reception March 27, 7pm. Truspace

APRIL

April 3-8

ONE FOR THE ROW
Desotorow’s First Anniversary Exhibition

Desotorow Gallery, Inc. turns one in April and we want to show our gratitude to the artists, volunteers and community members who have been so supportive over the past year by throwing a birthday bash! Come out to enjoy new work by several artists who exhibited at Desotorow over the past year as well as live music by MK2. A Starland District First Friday Event!

Featuring work by:
Alison Behr, Anna Ryan, Ashleigh Spurlock, Ashley Cole, Beth Heppenstall, Bevin Valentine, Eun Lee, Ian Aleksander Adams, Jim Collins, Kay Wolfersperger, Kendall Glover, Kyle Ford, Lis Scarpace, Michelle Cornejo, Michelle Repici, Mike Dowley, Zach Hixson

Opening Reception April 3, 7pm
Desotorow & Truspace

April 10-15

UNDEFINED
A juried show that pushes beyond boundaries and explores the many possible expressions of the printmaking medium. Guest curated by Eun Lee. Sponsored by Scion. Image by Victoria Goro-Rapoport

Opening Reception April 10, 7pm
Desotorow & Truspace

April 17-22

REDUX
In celebration of Earth Day, Desotorow Gallery presents Redux, an exhibit that celebrates environmental awareness by bringing together works created from reused and recycled materials.

Featuring Work By:
Ann Spence, Bill Hamilton, Chris Noel, Claire Teschel, Greg Bell, Jeff Bell, Jonpaul Smith, Kath Girdler-Engler, Kathy Goodell, Kelly Roe, Lori Ann Montgomery, Sarah Steinwachs

Opening Reception April 17, 7pm
Desotorow & Truspace

April 24-29

MINUS THE LAST
Paintings by Michael Woody

This exhibit explores possible links between painting and game theory. It asserts carnal attitudes often present in the history of painting combined with contemporary cognitive strategies, systems, tactics, vehicles and instruments.

Opening Reception April 24, 7pm, Truspace

April 24-29

THE ECLECTIC COLLECTION
Works by Savannah College of Art and Design’s Photogroup

Opening Reception April 24, 6pm, Desotorow

MAY

May 1

ART FOR ART’S SAKE
Desotorow’s Annual Fundraiser

Sponsored in part by:
Accurate Lithography, l’Atelier…Craig Stevens, Back in the Day Bakery, Bar Food, Black Orchid, Central Animal Hospital, Kroger, Maldoror’s, Photoscad, Roly Poly, Salon Jolie, Sentient Bean, Sirudo Realty, Starfish Cafe, Starland Design District, Starland Cafe, The Creative Coast Alliance, The Distillery, Vanilla Day Spa, Wormhole

May 1, 7-10pm, Desotorow & Truspace

May 8-13

THE RETURN OF THE ‘OTHER’
MFA Photography Thesis Exhibit
by Wed Jawad

This show consists of sculptural interactive sets that Wed constructed to express her intellectual and emotional preparation for her transition home, in combination with still images taken from the Saudi media that align with her positive memories of Saudi. These images represent Wed’s trials in attempting to navigate Saudi Arabia, trying to relearn and reconnect with it. Through the video piece, she shows her Western side interacting with her traditional side, preparing each other for what comes next, a smoother transition between her two selves, a smoother return.

Opening Reception May 8, 7-10pm, Desotorow & Truspace

May 15-20

SURFACE
To honor the talent and achievements of college juniors and seniors, Desotorow presents Surface, an exhibit that introduces the work of emerging artists.

Featuring work by:
Abdullah Kasapoglu, Alexandra Butler, Ann Thielke, Cassie Fishe, Erinn Tichenor, Evan Conley, Gabrielle Reeves, Katy Franklin, Kendall Etzkorn, Rachel Fallas, Robert Ebie, Stephanie Branco

Opening Reception May 15, 7-9pm, Desotorow & Truspace

May 22-27

CREATIVE CONNECTIVITY
by Courtney Hurst and Jonathan Hildebrand

As the role of a designer becomes increasingly diverse, the future designer must be able to adapt to emerging influences in design thinking. These could be environmental, economic, or theoretical considerations. Join graduates Courtney Hurst, Jonathan Hildebrand, and Cassandra Smolcic as they explore three important areas that are affecting the ever-changing role of a designer. This “joint show” features thesis work focusing on subjects such as Systems Thinking, Visual Rhetoric, and Cultural Capital.

Opening Reception May 22, 7-9 pm, Truspace

May 22-27

SAIGON TO HANOI
by Michelle Cornejo

As I travel this world, I am filled with experiences, both good and bad, that change the way I see things and the way I live my life. The images in this series are windows to Vietnam’s people, landscape and culture; they are experiential chronicles of the moments that mattered most on my journey across this land; they are documents of my memories. They are manifestations of a country of flux and progress, whose people are open to new ideas and social diversity, while also being steadfast in maintaining their cultural traditions. This series is a testimony of my encounters in Vietnam and reminders that “one sees clearly only with curiosity, with empathy, with affection” (Pablo Corral). These photographs are my experience; the tools that have shaped my life and my self. As a documentary photographer, I can think of nothing more important than sharing my experience and understandings with others in hopes of opening eyes and minds.

Opening Reception May 22, 6-9 pm, Desotorow

May 29-June 3

THROUGH PINHOLE
by Junko Muta

This body of work consists of images of “Kawaii” still life. “Kawaii” is a Japanese word, meaning a positive reaction or acceptance. Muta has photographed her belongings to represent a piece of her spirit, allowing the artist to acknowledge and accept her identity.

Opening Reception May 29, 7-10pm, Desotorow

May 29-June 3

THE GEOMETRY OF THINGS
by Rachel Ormiston

These images confront a severe resistance to change, resulting in an overwhelming compulsion to control through the act of removal. Left with only the comforting, these photographs present the struggle between perfection and flaw, control and the uncontrollable, constancy and inevitable change. For more information about the artist, please visit www.rachelormiston.com.

Opening Reception May 29, 7-10pm, Truspace

JUNE

June 5-10

POTENTIAL KILL FEES
by Angelica Paige Ridley and Alma Elaine Shoaf

Art is not immune to homogenization. For some, it is difficult to escape the patterns that their creativity affords them. But for us both, it seems to have always been the opposite. Whether through subject matter, technique or style, we have a creative wanderlust that makes us difficult to strictly define in any one market or medium. While illustrators, we are naturally transitory between commercial image making, printmaking and painting, and both proudly ride the lines between all three; and then some. We see this inability to stay still in our creativity as a testament to our ever changing, ever growing viewpoints and interpretations of everything around us. Perhaps we will both resign to a income of kill fee after kill fee for it, but with this show, we hope to tell everyone that we’ll not do it quietly.

Opening Reception June 5, 7-9 pm, Desotorow

June 26-July 1

YOU ARE HERE?
by Karin Soderholm

The familiar indication, “you are here”, helps us to orient and find our place in the language of maps. In these stitched maps, one map relates to another and begins a dialog, a conversation between place and person. The clothing remnants reinforce the personal association with each place and the mending stitches join the bits and parts to repair and reconnect.

Opening Reception June 26, 6-9 pm, Truspace

JULY

July 3-8

FOLK ART

by Willie Tarver
Willie Tarver of Wadley, GA is the son of a share-cropper, a welder, and self-taught artist. His unique sculptures and paintings are reactions to life in the South including religion, slavery, farm life, and the struggles of the working man. His pieces are welded and crafted primarily from found scrap metal, though much of his recent work is exploring the 2D realm of painting and mixed-media. In recent history, Mr. Tarver has been in good company, exhibiting along side of Georgia folk legends, R.A. Miller and Howard Finster. His work is widely collected and has been exhibited at the Telfair Museum and is also on permanent display in Atlanta as part of the 1996 Olympic celebration.

Opening Reception July 3, 5-9pm, Desotorow

July 3-8

FLY OVER THE MARSH
Photographs by Junko Muta

“Over the last 2 years I have watched the marsh from my apartment window,
everyday, with my different emotions. The marsh view was always there for
me and healed my mind. I stand in my room, and my mind flies over the
marsh. I am about leaving this apartment. These images are a record of my emotions.”

Opening Reception July 3, 5-9pm, Truspace

July 24-29

HAIKU TO METAL
A juried show guest-curated by Heather Lindsey Stewart. Image is “Encased Cervid” by Jesse Dornan

Featuring work by:
Lynn Ashworth, Matthew Cooper, Cinthya Cuba, Jesse Dornan, Jennifer Hallsey, Kristi Jilson, Andrew Kuebeck, Zac Lopez-Ibanez, Yoko Noguchi, Islay Taylor, Hsiang-Ting Yen

Opening Reception July 24, 6-9pm, Truspace

July 25

A SUMMER TOAST
Hosted by Christian Depken of Le Chai Galerie du Vin, 4-6pm

Unwind with a refreshing glass of wine and good company at Desotorow’s mid-summer wine tasting. Proceeds from ticket sales will directly benefit Desotorow Gallery, a nonprofit arts organization, helping to further the gallery’s mission and enrich our community through art and educational programming. Purchase tickets in advance at Desotorow Gallery or online. Featuring live music by She is the Wave. Sponsored by Le Chai.

AUGUST

August 7-11

THIS MACHINE WASN’T BUILT FOR STOPPING
by Cancrum.Otis

A collection of narrative works for purchase.

Opening Reception Aug 7, 6-9 pm, Desotorow

SEPTEMBER

September 18-23


TRANSITIONAL PATTERN
Textiles and Drawings by Andrea Gray

In the garden vines often become the wall, enclosing and emphasizing a space. The wall in my work becomes a space for investigating our need to bring the outside inside.

Opening Reception Sept 18, 6-9pm, Truspace

September 25-30


ELEVEN
by Jeremy McTiernan

Eleven is an installation that dissects two tragedies, one that transpired on a national scale, the other a more personal kind of catastrophe. It stands as both a memorial for those who lost their lives during the tragic events of September 11th, and also attempts to comment on the disintegration of the Family in modern America. The installation will challenge the viewer to look at these iconic structures in a new way, beyond the metal and glass to the humanity underneath, where the towers are no longer buildings but symbols: hope and despair, endings and beginnings, man and wife.

Opening Reception Sept 25, 7-9pm, Truspace

OCTOBER

October 9-14

EXPLORELATION
An installation by Capucine Gros and Ramona Todoca

Stepping into Explorelations is a break from our automatic experience of life. The paintings and drawings that construct the installation invite us to question not only our relation to art, but also our presence within our temporal, spatial, and social surroundings. In a world where real contacts with others are constantly mediated and drastically reduced, Explorelations is a call for remembering what it is to physically exist in time, space, and in the midst o other humans.

Opening Reception Oct 9, 6-9pm, Truspace

October 9-14

FINDING THE FORTAY
An MFA Advertising Design Thesis Exhibition by Mikey Mioduski

View artist website.

Opening Reception Oct 10, 6-9pm, Desotorow

October 16-21

HIPnotize
A group exhibit featuring work by Mary Larsen, Caroline Padgett, Alexandra Clotfelter, Christa Rosenkranz, and Anna Cooper

HIPnotize is a combination of multi-media two-dimensional work and live belly dance performances by local artists who wish to express their enthusiasm for this form of dance. The female figure and dance have been paired together by societies all over the world for thousands of years. Belly dance is just one example of this pair that particularly emphasizes the beauty, grace, sensuality, and mesmerizing power of a woman in motion. The pieces in the show depict dynamic moments in belly dancing that captivate the spectator and accentuate the curves of the dancer. Pairing the two-dimensional pieces with live dancing will allow a look into the artist’s transition between the inspiration and the finished piece.

Opening Reception Oct 16, 6-9pm, Truspace

October 23-28

SHOW & TELL
A juried group exhibition featuring narrative work by:
Lynda Burbank, Charles Caldemeyer, Angela Cazel Jahn, Sara Frankel, Dan Hernandez, Elizabeth Kellogg, Joseph Mougel, Ashley Nason, Erika Navarrete, Leslie Nichols, Dustin M. Price, Mike Stephens, Adam Gabriel Winnie

Opening Reception Oct 23, 6-9pm, Truspace

October 24

AUTUMN WINE TASTING
A Seasonal Benefit for Desotorow Gallery Hosted by Christian Depken of Le Chai

Enjoy a taste of fine wine with your friends at Desotorow! The presentation, led by Christian Depken, will begin promptly at 4pm. Proceeds from ticket sales will directly benefit Desotorow Gallery, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to community and the arts. Purchase tickets in advance at the gallery or online. 4-6pm, Sponsored by Le Chai

October 30-November 4

STILL MOVING
An MFA Photography Exhibit by Emily Metzguer. Visit the artist’s website here.

Come out and enjoy the moonbounce and Karaoke by Wrath Nasty

Opening Reception Oct 30, 6-9 pm, Truspace

October 30-November 4

SIDA: A STORY OF A COUNTRY CONQUERING AN EPIDEMIC
by Suzannah Hoover. View the artist’s website here.

Opening Reception Oct 30, 6-9 pm, Desotorow

October 31

JUNK IN THE TRUNK
An indie trunk show featuring local art and handmade goods. Live music by DJ Keehn @ 2:30 and General Oglethorpe and the Panhandlers @ 4:00. Come out and support your local artists! This year’s Junk in the Trunk is taking place on Halloween, so don’t forget to wear your costume! Find out how to become a vendor here.

Starland Parking Lot, 12-6pm

NOVEMBER

November 6-11

DISTRACTIONS & REMINDERS
New work on paper and panel by Benjamin C Stanley

This exhibit marks the debut solo show from Benjamin C Stanley. His new collection of mixed media drawings on paper and panel stem from disparate influences and carry an aesthetic that is at times poignant yet subjective. His drawings catalog figures often immersed in introspection, uncertainty and solitude, and his works frequently echo of nostalgia for bygone eras and places.

Opening Reception Nov 6, 6-9 pm, Desotorow

November 13-18

TSALAGI: CHEREOKEE NATION
Constructs of Identity through Tourism
by Valentina R. Sireech

In an attempt to raise greater awareness and discussion concerning the cultural survival of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation, this series will addresses the commercialization and appropriation (or, better yet, misappropriation) of their culture by economics, social, and environmental impacts of tourism.  This series explores exploitation-for-profit and addresses what is truly at stake: identity, culture and authenticity.

Opening Reception Nov 13, 6-9 pm, Desotorow

November 13-18

RHYTHMS OF NATURE
Photographs by Hong Liu

…I love nature. I believe that I am part of nature. When I shoot landscape, I feel I reflect my personal thoughts. Everything is  connected, nothing separate in this world. I am a momentary presence inhabiting this planet. Natural has strong power that looks like our rhythmos pulsate. Through my camera lens, I want to bring the Natural’s energetic beauty to my audiences. In the industrial society, we humans want more benefits and so take away resources from nature; the destruction of our nature will eventually ruin us…

Opening Reception Nov 13, 6-9 pm, Truspace

November 27-December 2

BLACK FRIDAY
A holiday juried art show featuring work by:
Aaron Alford, William Ashley Anderson, Jennifer Brickey, Lisa Graham, Michael Irrizary-Pagan, Edward R. Jones, Cheryl MacLean, Kally Malcom, Darion McCoy, Diane Nunez, Audra Osborne, Derek Scearce, Wesley L. Smith, Erika Villarreal. Image is #14 by Edward Jones

Opening Reception Nov 27, 6-9 pm, Truspace

November 27-December 2

NEW WORKS
Featuring work by Don K. Rogers and Dick Krepel, Image is View from Bluffton by Don K. Rogers

Opening Reception Nov 27, 6-8 pm, Desotorow

DECEMBER

December 4-16


YOUNG ARTIST SHOWCASE
An annual juried art show featuring work by Savannah High School juniors and seniors. Sponsored by Maldoror’s Frame Shop, Sentient Bean, and T-Rex Mex. Image is “Autumn Still Life” by Kenyatta Braggs, Savannah Arts Academy, Grade 11

Participating Schools:
Calvary Day School, Groves High School, Savannah Arts Academy, Savannah Country Day School

Opening Reception Dec 4, 6-9 pm, Desotorow & Truspace

December 18-30

STICHED
A juried exhibit of work that incorporates the stitch. Image is “Disjointed” by Sara Shinn

Featuring work by:
Nancy Agati, Clare Bond, Collette Broeders, Becky Dickovitch, Mindy Hirt, Nyla Hurley, Sandra E. Lauterbach, Christina Massey, Barbara Miner, Jennifer Reis, Sara Shinn, Elizabeth J. Smith, Elise Wiener,

Opening Reception Dec 18, 6-9 pm, Desotorow & Truspace