Judge Realty presents “Come Rain or Come Shine,” a public art installation by Savannah, GA-based artist Ben Tollefson and Indiana-based artist Elmer Ramos. The piece is the fourth iteration of Judge Realty’s sponsorship of public art projects and was conceived through the collaborative joining of two distinct art practices. The artwork is a whimsical interpretation of local weather patterns such as short bursts of afternoon rain, common in the summer months in Savannah. “Come Rain or Come Shine” borrows its name from the title of a song by Savannah native Johnny Mercer.
“Come Rain or Come Shine” is comprised of numerous low -relief sculptures of elements of weather; clouds and raindrops figure prominently, while a massive rainbow hovers at the top of the composition. The artists combined elements of each of their respective artistic practices in the conception of the project. Ramos, a trained printmaker, employs techniques of the printmaking craft to new and surprising ends. He is known for his blends of vibrant color, which he isolated through the cutting and collaging of bold, abstracted shapes. This use of color and shape informs the simple, but radiant elements in the project. Tollefson, an oil painter, creates images of imagined environments. These environments frequently include clouds and rainbows as sculptures that exist only in the paintings. Like Ramos, Tollefson embraces a saturated color palette. The sculptures are mounted on the thin rods off the facade of the Judge Realty building, creating depth and dramatic shadows in the sunny spring weather, and providing a joyous backdrop for visitors. The project is a bold, vibrant, and playful setting, a bright contrast to the subdued color and dappled sunlight that characterizes downtown historic Savannah.
Members of the public are invited to a free block party to celebrate the opening of the installation on Friday, April 6 from 4 – 7 pm, which includes games, drinks, and refreshment.
Gorgeous second-floor condo in a historic brick building. Two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a spacious living area with a recently renovated kitchen, bathroom, newly installed custom built windows and a freshly painted interior. Beautiful fireplaces in every room, high ceilings, refinished hardwood floors throughout, and a modern kitchen and bathroom. One off-street parking space behind the building. The interior renovation was just completed during 2017-2018, and the building is now undergoing the condo conversion. This condo will make a great low maintenance home or Savannah getaway. The condo docs do allow short term/vacation rentals.
To learn more about this property, or to schedule a viewing, contact Pam Peterson today at 912.401.2264 or stop by 347 Abercorn St. Savannah, GA.
Photography by Siobhan Egan
Judge Realty’s CEO and Founder Lori Judge is an avid art collector and supporter of the Savannah art community. Art and style magazine Paprika Southern sat down with Lori to get her tips on starting and maintaining a personal collection.
Lori’s top tips include; educate yourself by exploring art galleries and attending art shows, set a budget, and do not be afraid to negotiate on purchase prices.
Also featured in this article are gallery owners Leslie Lovell of Roots Up Gallery and Susan Laney of Laney Contemporary Gallery. Both owners agree that collecting art adds value and enjoyment to life and all three of these collectors say their number one tip is to “buy only what you love.”
Pick up the latest Paprika Southern issue to read the entire article. Interested readers can also find this stylish publication at paprikasouthern.com
Visitors are always welcome to view a portion of Lori’s collection at the Judge Realty office located at 247 Abercorn Street. Office hours are Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm and weekends 11 am to 4 pm.
Judge Realty agents spent a busy morning last Friday volunteering at the Emmaus House; the team provided meal prep and service to Savannah’s homeless and in need population. An outreach program of United Ministries of Savannah, the Emmaus house located at 18 Abercorn St. mission is, “focused on confronting food insecurity in downtown Savannah.” Founded in 1982 by several area congregations, last year this program served an astounding 4,000 hot meals each month and also provided laundry and shower facilities to Savannah’s neediest residents.
The volunteer morning began at 7:30 am as agents donned aprons and began a non-stop culinary dance choreographed by Emmaus House Executive Chef Freda Payne. Chef Payne has been associated with the Emmaus House for nearly 20 years. She is a skilled coordinator who seamlessly led the agents from slicing and dicing to after-meal cleanup and showed the team what it takes to feed 200 plus patrons every day.
Many thanks to Executive Director Ariana Berksteiner for allowing Judge Realty the privilege of experiencing this 20-year-old program and educating the team on community volunteering.
Anyone interested in the work of this ministry, sign up for their newsletter or to volunteer, please visit the Emmaus House website HERE.