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.