Category Archives: Art


Moth-terpieces | Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection

This week we explore the Judge Realty permanent art collection and one of the newest pieces Moth #1 by paper cut artist Hiromi Moneyhun.

Moth #1 was included in the exhibition Story Line: Wiley, Howard and Moneyhun, the marquee visual art event of Westobou Festival held every year in Augusta, Georgia. Curated by Susan Laney of Laney Contemporary, the exhibition explored social, mythical and cultural themes connected by the most foundational of artistic ideas – the line.Moth-terpieces | Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection

Moneyhun, originally from Kyoto, Japan, moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 2004, where she began to expand her craft. Using the tradition of Kiri-e, or Japanese paper cutting, Moneyhun exercises an exacting method to produce hand-cut paper works of astounding complexity and rich detail. Beginning with a line drawing, the artist uses a fine blade knife-wielded technique with a remarkably steady hand to carve the image out of black archival paper. The delicate works are then mounted away from the wall, creating textured patterns of light and shadow.

With no formal training, Moneyhun has developed a unique voice combining traditional Japanese visual art forms with the modernity. The most obvious reference is to Edo period Japanese woodblock prints (moku hanga), which had a major influence on her early budding artist mind.

As with woodblock prints, Moneyhun’s three-dimensional cut paper pieces are the result of a multi-step process, which produces an art that is at once amusingly lighthearted and startlingly alive. Her pieces invite the viewer to reach out and touch the images. Like the works of all the great masters, Moneyhun’s pieces are best appreciated when viewed in person.

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 passerbyers to enjoy. They are very pleased to add Moneyhun’s Moth #1 to their collection. Presently, with over 30 pieces of art, Judge Realty aims to support local and regional artists and help the creative community thrive.

Tobia Makover and Myself a Memory

Tobia Makover and Myself a MemoryTobia Makover, fine art photographer and mixed-media artist in Savannah, Georgia will hold her fall exhibition Tobia Makover – Myself a Memory Friday, November 20th, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at 201 East Charlton Street.

The event is free and open to the public. Fellow artist, exhibit designer and preparator at Telfair Museum of Art, Heath Ritch will be installing the exhibition.Tobia Makover and Myself a MemoryCurated by acclaimed artist Marcus Kenney, the exhibition brings hundreds of pieces together specifically designed for the location. This is Kenney’s first time curating Makover’s work which makes the experience of working with long-time friend and fellow SCAD alumni, Makover, even more special.

Kenney states, “Tobia’s images hold my attention like few others and the truth is that it is what I do not or cannot see in them that captivates me the most. It is my goal with this installation to show a side of her work that few get to witness and to share those memories the way my mind sees them. To see them not as a patron or student but as a memory of myself and ourselves. Her images are our memories, our childhood, our fantasies and our fears.Tobia Makover and Myself a Memory”Makover’s work is renowned for creating intrigue using timeless imagery combined with Fayum, a unique process of encaustic waxing that dates back to 1st century Egypt.

“This is my first solo show in Savannah since 2011 and I could not be more excited to be working with both Marcus Kenney and Judge Realty. I have known Marcus for 20 years starting as photography students at SCAD. I have known Lori for over 10 years, have photographed her son and have seen the growth of both our businesses over the years. I am beyond thrilled to have some of my longtime colleagues and friends be a part of this event,” says Makover.

The event space at 201 East Charlton Street overlooks historic Lafayette Square and is sponsored by Judge Realty. The property was built in 1852 for Major John Gallie, an officer in the Confederate Army. Designed by John Norris, Savannah’s most prominent colonial architect, this historically significant building lends a perfect atmosphere for the event.Tobia Makover and Myself a MemoryJudge Realty has been an advocate of the public and private art sector in Savannah and has brokered locations for both public art productions and pop up venues. Lori Judge of Judge Realty mirrors the excitement of the show and its significance, “Tobia has been a friend of mine for a long time. It’s a pleasure to support Tobia’s event while continuing my mission of supporting local and regional artists. Because of invested artists like Tobia, the Savannah’s artistic economy is becoming more stable.”

Makover, born and raised in Atlanta, is a Savannah College of Art and Design graduate in Photography and has been living as a full-time artist in Savannah for over 10 years.

Internationally acclaimed, Makover has exhibited all over the world including at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England, Les Ateliers de L’Image in St. Remy, France, PH-Neutro in Verona, Italy, the Griffin Museum in Boston, MA, AIPAD in New York, NY, and the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, GA.

For more information about the event visit the facebook event page.

A River’s Path

A Rivers Path | Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection

This week we take a look at the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection with the moving piece Hatch Nuclear Power Plant, Altamaha River GA by photographer/artist Ansley West Rivers.

Influenced by a three week trip through the Colorado River, Hatch Nuclear is part of the “Seven Rivers” series. The series challenges the idea behind the American River. It further explores the man-made impact on the river systems’ construct and flow.  The rivers in the series include the Colorado, Missouri/Mississippi, Columbia, Rio Grande, Tuolumne, Altamaha, and the Hudson. The project also addresses the fragile state of freshwater across the United States.

“We stand at a precipice in the history of water.  How we approach the health and use of our rivers now will determine the lifespan of fresh water,” says Ansley. “Rivers across the world are experiencing changes in water levels, temperature, wildlife, and saltwater intrusion. The debate over water can only truly begin if we can connect ourselves to the rivers that sustain us.”

Constructed images on each film negative show the possibilities and effects of industry, global warming, agriculture, power, and the unquenchable demand for fresh water that is impossible for the eye alone to see. By placing various tools in front of her 4×5 camera, Ansley was able to expose specific areas allowing her to uniquely build each image.

A Rivers Path | Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection

Ansley West Rivers is a photographer from Atlanta, Georgia.  She received her MFA from the California College of the Arts and her BFA from the University of Georgia.  She currently lives and works with her husband on their coastal Georgia farm.

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 passerbyers to enjoy at Judge Realty. With 30 plus pieces in the collection, Judge Realty aims to support local and regional artists and help the creative community thrive.

Shields Up by Anna Fox Ryan

Anna Fox Ryan | Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection

This week we take another look into the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection, the recently acquired piece Shields Up by artist Anna Fox Ryan.

Shields Up is a charcoal on Rives BFK paper piece that is a part of Ryan’s Power Series. The purpose of the series was to reflect and investigate power and energy as they both conflict in relationships.

“In using power structures, I wanted to explore the relationship of energy and how it was exchanged. Was it positive or negative? Was it developed and grown? I used charcoal in bursts of the powder instead of clean lines, almost in a spitfire as they engaged with one another,” says Ryan about the series.

Anna Fox Ryan energy paintings began with the observation of industrial energy, and evolved into the observations of electromagnetic fields in living beings, commonly called the energy body or aura. Her interest in energy fields started at a young age and have, over time, progressed into a full education in shamanism. A Fine Arts, magna cum laude, graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, Ryan is based in Philadelphia. Ryan also lectures on drawing and energy throughout the country.

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 passerbyers 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.

Through the Looking Glass – Artist Jimmy O’Neal

Through the Looking Glass - Artist Jimmy O''Neal | Judge RealtyThrough the Looking Glass - Artist Jimmy O''Neal | Judge Realty

This week we take another look into the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection. Lamb Line and O Geronimo, no minor ego, are two pieces by the Atlanta­-born artist and SCAD alumni, Jimmy O’Neal.

O’Neal is well known for his fascination with the time ­space continuum that draws him to the far corners of both the arts and science. He received a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1985 and graduated with a degree in painting. During his time there, Jimmy combined his equal fascination with physics and biology into his art. Using reflective or mirrored paint (the artist invented) and plexiglass, O’Neal creates interactive pieces that encourage the viewer’s metaphysical response.

The two pieces Lamb Line and O Geronimo are executed with scientifically augmented materials such as colorless paint which brilliantly reflects light as a mirror when applied on sanded plexiglass. Each piece captures its surroundings in real time allowing it to constantly change and react with the viewer.

O’Neal has said about his work, “I wanted to create a mirrored, sculptured mural in an active environment where visitors become a part of the artwork through the reflection of their own images, the colors of the clothes they are wearing, their jewelry, and their random, unconscious movements.”

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 passerbyers 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.

Savannah’s Mossterpiece brought to you by Judge Realty and Art Rise Savannah

Judge Realty and Savannah's MossterpieceJudge Realty and Savannah's MossterpieceJudge Realty and Savannah's MossterpieceJudge Realty and Savannah's MossterpieceJudge Realty and Savannah's MossterpieceSavannah's MossterpiecePhotography: Dylan WilsonThis week we reach the halfway point for Savannah’s Mossterpiece Public Art Mural. These past few weeks of installation and growth have brought several members of the community together to help the process along. With days and nights of guerrilla gardening and learning how to work with Mother Nature, we have all come together and have a new found respect of working with live mediums.

We would like to send a huge thanks to Carlstedt’s Florist, Herb Creek Landscape Supply, Paul Miller Construction, Dylan Wilson Photography and volunteers from Art Rise Savannah for help bringing this garden to life. Most importantly we would like to thank the artist Jamie Bourgeois for committing her time and passion to this amazing large-scale project. This is no small undertaking and she has continued to work with all of the changing elements gracefully.

We invite everyone to come by and see the project evolve over the next two weeks. We have enjoyed watching Mother Nature’s performance over this first half and look forward to seeing what more she has in store!

Celebrating a Decade of Growth with Savannah’s Mossterpiece from Judge Realty on Vimeo.

Man-Made Swamp


Judge Realty continues to add to their Permanent Art Collection with the addition of Man-Made Swamp by Justin Ward. Purchased at SCAD’s Open Studios, the work caught the eye of lead broker and owner of Judge Realty, Lori Judge right away.

“It’s a photograph that can be easily mistaken for an abstract painting. When you look closely, it is land that has been manipulated and changed throughout time by man. I believe it’s incredibly important to think about and have conversations on our impact as humans on natural environments.”

The image comes from the series Unmanned Landscapes created throughout 2014 by Ward. The series explores the ways in which current unmanned aerial imaging technology, including satellites and civilian drones, can be utilized to experience the land in new ways.

Justin Ward is currently an MFA photography student at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). He also holds a degree in digital art from State University of New York College at Oneonta and a masters degree in education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Blending influences from minimalism and abstract expressionism, his artwork is an investigation into altering a viewer’s expectations and perception of the land. He utilizes image-gathering techniques often found in map making and archeological research as a starting point for large-scale works then downloading satellite views from Google Earth and also flying a small commercially available drone to capture aerial photographs. These images are then composited together in a working method more closely aligned to the practices of collage artists or painters than to photographers. Wards notes, “This process literally deconstructs and then reconstructs the land in a new way giving renewed life and possibilities to places that are often seen as mundane.”

You can see Man-Made Swamp and other pieces in Judge Realty’s Permanent Art Collection at Judge Realty located at 347 Abercorn Street, Savannah GA.

Judge Realty Loans Urban Impositions to Telfair Museum

Kedge Volta is a part of the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection.


Judge Realty will be loaning out their Kedgar Volta Urban Impositions for the Telfair’s Savannah Collects showing at the Jepson Center October 3, 2014–January 18, 2015.

Telfair Museums teamed up with local collectors in the greater Savannah area to create an exhibit of beloved treasures housed throughout the community. From eighteenth and nineteenth century silver, furniture, paintings, and prints to modern and contemporary art, lenders to the exhibition each have graciously spared one beloved object from their collections for the duration of the show.

Judge Realty made the Volta piece a part of their permanent collection back in March, after a show held in Miami as a part of Art BaselLori Judge was immediately taken by the piece and knew it was going to be a great addition to the collection that she ultimately wanted to share with the community.

“My vision from the beginning was the idea of a private art piece displayed for the public to enjoy. Since Urban Impositions sits in the window of Judge Realty it was a great start to displaying works for the public.  When Telfair asked to borrow the piece for the exhibition I was thrilled.  The piece is now getting more exposure and public enjoyment which is thrilling to me because it is now bigger than my original vision.”

The reason behind this piece’s importance is how it relates to the local community.  While producing this series, Volta came up to the Hostess City and filmed pedestrians on the streets of downtown Savannah and placed them in his images. The people scene walking through the image are that of Savannah pedestrians.

Urban Impositions is a multimedia video and photography installation by Cuban artist Kedgar Volta. Inspired by the vacancy of the urban environments he found when he moved to Jacksonville, Florida, from his home in Havana, he used his artwork to underscore the absence of people by superimposing ghostly images of the population of other places in Jacksonville’s downtown scene.

Urban is one of many borrowed pieces from the community.  Approximately 25 works will be on display the entire duration of the exhibition. Each work is from a different collector. It runs October 3, 2014 through January 18, 2015.



Art in Marfa

Prada in Marfa, TexasShoes on display in Prada Marfa.Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TexasLori Judge looking at art in Marfa, TexasArtist John Chamberlain John Chamberlain Sculpture John Chamberlain sculpture John Chamberlain SculptureLori Judge visiting Ghost TownLori Judge visiting Ghost Town in Marfa, Texas.

Lori Judge’s vacation to Marfa, Texas would not have been complete without a visit to Judd FoundationPrada Marfa and The Chinati Foundation to see Don Flavin’s large scale fluorescent lights on display, and John Chamberlain’s set of sculptures made from scrap metal auto parts.

Willing to drive thirty minutes out of Marfa? Visit Ghost Town in Shafner, Texas. This former silver mining town once was bustling but now has a population that spans from 11 to 30.