Sometimes the chores of being an artist don't suck - like when it's time to take work down to the Roots Up gallery in Savannah. I love this sweet gallery, and the sweet owner Leslie.
Roots Up is full of Outsider Art. I remember the first time I saw a painting by Bill Traylor. I was an adult, and totally unaware of the Outsider or Raw Art genre. I felt like I couldn't breathe. It was like a big, cosmic punch in the heart.
I've been lucky enough to see some of the greatest art works in the world, but Bill Traylor remains among my favorite. I love going to Roots Up because I get to take in some amazing creations by Mose Tolliver, Panhandle Slim, Annie Tolliver, and Howard Finster.
Leslie and Russell are the first curators to ever display my work on tables or shelves instead of hanging on the wall. I really like it. Wish I'd thought of it.
Mr. Ted also likes visiting Roots Up. He figured out pretty fast that all the shop owners have cookies, so now his strategy is to trick or treat his way across town, stop for fries at the pub, then call a bike taxi for a ride back to the car. Well played, Mr. Ted.
Roots Up is in the Design District at 412-C Whitaker Street. I hope you'll stop in next time you're in Savannah.