Artists on Art: Lisa D. Watson on the magic and business of folk art
Jun
16
2:00pm 2:00pm

Artists on Art: Lisa D. Watson on the magic and business of folk art

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.

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Art for (anything but) plain folk – five folk art havens in the South
Apr
29
12:30pm12:30pm

Art for (anything but) plain folk – five folk art havens in the South

Roots Up Gallery Leslie Lovell

By T. Wayne Waters

Roots Up Gallery in Savannah is housed in a stately mid-19th century townhouse in the heart of historic downtown Savannah and specializes in southern folk art by both contemporary and legacy artists. Owners Leslie Lovell and Francis Allen, both artists, describe Roots Up as a gallery for self-taught, visionary, folk and outsider art from the South. It features an eclectic mix of artistic media but mostly paintings, pottery, sculpture and jewelry. Roots Up has occasional folk artist meet-and-greets, book signings by authors devoted to folk art and other special events.

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 From the roots up, new gallery focuses on folk art
May
15
1:30pm 1:30pm

From the roots up, new gallery focuses on folk art

Roots Up Gallery Opens

By Jessica Leigh Lebos, Connect Savannah

Allen and his wife, Leslie Lovell, have been collecting all manner of fascinating pieces for the past year, traversing the Southeast and filling their SUV for their new Roots Up Gallery. Featuring mainly self-taught painters and sculptors, Roots Up is a place that seeks to introduce people to the colorful and meaningful expressions borne in the rural backwoods and under the tin roofs of the South.

It’s also the only gallery in Savannah dedicated to the genre of folk art.

“We wanted to showcase a part of culture that many people never see,” explains Allen, adding that while folk art is created by those without a formal technical education, it’s also art for regular folks.

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