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Year in Review

2015 was extraordinary at Judge Realty. As our tenth year in business commenced, we set a goal to make the most of our time and commitment to the community by giving back and highlighting how we got to a decade in business.Year in Review | Judge Realty

Savannah Mossterpiece | As one of the largest highlights in Savannah this year, the event featured the first ever eco-friendly public art project in the Southeast. Using moss as a medium, artist Jamie Bourgeois transformed the facade of the Judge Realty office to reflect sustainability, community and growth. The response from the community was incredible, provoking new conversations of how a city views public art.

To celebrate the installation and the 10 year anniversary, Judge Realty held a fundraiser for Art Rise Savannah, to help raise funds and awareness for public art projects and other community art projects. Local artists donated decorated terra cotta pots as silent auction items. The event was able to raise over $2,500 for Art Rise.Year in Review | Judge Realty

Georgia Trend 40 Under 40 | Each year Georgia Trend magazine chooses a hand-full of Georgian business leaders who have shown exemplary commitment to their community through their business. In the 2015 year, Georgia Trend selected Lori Judge as one of the top 40 under 40 making a difference in the State and community.

In September, Lori was given recognition of the award in Atlanta, Georgia.. Georgia Trend highlighted Lori’s excellence in supporting the arts community, promoting eco-friendly and sustainable communities as well as advancing business.Year in Review | Judge Realty

The Power of the Sun | This year Judge Realty installed solar panels on the roof of the office in downtown Savannah, allowing them to operate solely on solar power energy.

Very few commercial buildings have installed solar panels in historic downtown Savannah. Judge Realty’s goal is that by being one of the first to have a commercial property run solely on solar energy, a city wide trend in committing to saving energy will start.Year in Review | Judge Realty

Judge Realty Permanent Collection | The Judge Realty Permanent Collection started in early 2014. Built to showcase a private collection that is open to the public, the pieces are on rotation for guests and patrons to enjoy at Judge Realty.

Presently, with over 30 pieces in the collection, Judge Realty aims to support local and regional artists and help the creative community thrive. Throughout the 2015 year, Judge Realty increased the collection by acquiring regional artists such as Jimmy O’Neal, Katherine Sandoz and Hiromi Moneyhun.

We look forward to so many new and exciting announcements in 2016. We wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Judge Realty and Art Rise Savannah Presents Savannah’s Mossterpiece

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In celebration of Judge Realty’s 10 year anniversary, they’re joining forces with Art Rise Savannah to showcase the ever growing need and desire to exhibit public art in Savannah. Throughout the month of June the duo invites you to watch the face of public art in Savannah grow… literally. Savannah’s Mossterpiece​, is the first eco­friendly public art project in Savannah that will be completely comprised of moss placed on the facade of the Judge Realty building, located at 347 Abercorn Street in downtown Savannah. SCAD alumni and local artist Jamie Bourgeois​, will be taking on the challenge of creating a mural that represents growth, community, and art.

Both Judge Realty and Art Rise Savannah pride themselves on enhancing the community through public art and community involvement. The facade of the Judge Realty building will provide a blank canvas for Bourgeois to work with. Given the themes of growth​, community, and art​, the mural will not only encompass those themes but the moss will enhance the overall natural green space that Savannah was designed to be.

“We really wanted to showcase that supporting the economic growth of the art community here in Savannah is vital to the City’s advancement. I want this project to act as a stepping stone for artists to see that job growth, economic stability and impactful public art ​have a place here. It also helps that the art is eco­friendly,” Lori Judge of Judge Realty stated.

Judge Realty recently installed solar panels ​on the building in order to completely take Judge Realty off the electric grid, making them one of the only downtown companies to rely solely on solar energy. It is this kind of commitment to sustainability that attracted Art Rise to the project. Art Rise wanted to harness this vision and create a union between art and sustainability.

“We are excited by the moss medium due to it’s close thematic relationship to the building owners recent build­out of solar energy generators on the top of her building. We feel strongly by using the moss­ medium and solar energy together will educate and highlight the benefits of renewable resources in an open, articulate, and accessible manner. The concept is beneficial not only to the beauty of the neighborhood, but also Savannah’s character as a progressive future-­thinking city,” stated Clinton Edminster, Executive Director of Art Rise Savannah.

Moss graffiti is a recent trend in street, or mural, art that uses living moss to paint on the walls of public spaces. Moss is blended and painted onto a wall, then allowed to grow in position. After application, the moss grows, adding a new dimension to the art medium as well as extending the concept of guerrilla gardening.

Kristopher Monroe, President of Art Rise Savannah stated, “As the City of Savannah increasingly recognizes the importance of public art, we’re excited to be working with Judge Realty in realizing this eco­friendly themed project to bring more awareness of what the possibilities of public art can and should be about.”

Savannah’s beauty has for centuries been enhanced by the natural green spaces and trees cared for, nurtured, and beloved by both the city and the citizens who walk beneath them. The chosen mural design and the medium that is being used speaks to the continued admiration for nature in its strength and diversity.

Edminster continued by stating, “One of the amazing benefits of public art is the feedback loop that it creates in the community. Our city’s members are able to see the investments being made in the arts on an accessible and public level.”

Art Rise Savannah, is a 501(c)(3) Arts Organization operating in Savannah, Georgia on a mission to build the creative economy Savannah deserves by supporting the value of art and providing creative and financial opportunities to local artists. Art Rise coordinates the award winning First Friday Art March, a contemporary exhibition and installation space, as well as an online magazine featuring local arts, artists, and art events.

Judge Realty is Savannah’s only full service, locally owned and operated brokerage company. Celebrating 10 years in business, Judge Realty specializes in residential and commercial real estate, as well as in commercial and residential property management and rentals.