March 23– As part of a new program, Savannah Main Street, the city of Savannah and the Savannah Arts Commission are collaborating with artists in the area, exhibiting their work to the public at Savannah City Hall on Main Street at no charge.
Arley King of Savannah will be the first artist selected and is showcasing 40 framed paintings or sketches on easels downstairs or hung along walls upstairs.
“This is a public building. We want people to come here not just to pay a bill, but to enjoy a positive experience,” said C. Seth Sumner, Savannah’s assistant city manager. “To see art of this quality, citizens would have to buy a ticket and travel to another place. We want to provide that opportunity here.”
Arley King’s art display begins with a reception for the artist today at 5 p.m., allowing King the opportunity to discuss his art. Light refreshments will be provided. King’s art will be on display at City Hall for two weeks.
“I’m honored to be the first to show my work at City Hall,” said King, who said he has also had his paintings displayed at the St. Paul, Minnesota Museum of Art, Bennett Galleries in Knoxville, 1994 World’s Fair, Ned McWherter Museum of Art in Jackson, Tennessee, along with libraries and high schools.