Charlie Ellis, Bon Vivant, artist, junk o feel, and creator meet me at Pojo Point, which offers views of his beautiful swamps at the tip of Turners Rock.
Much has already been written about the devastating electrical fire of 2019 that destroyed the original property built by parents as a weekend vacation in the early 1950s.
But now, just two years later, the new bright and airy house he shares with his longtime love Julie Macintosh is already full of artwork and discovered objects.
Ellis turns 82 at the age of 22 (he went water skiing to celebrate his last birthday). First, we’ll tour the open part downstairs of the house, which he calls the “undercroft.”
Recall that his first home burst at a seam with a huge cluttered collection of outsider art and cleaned objects. Despite decades of tragic losses, his cash seems to be being replaced rapidly and every day!
Take a look at the different collections of funky hand-painted furniture.
“I take all these chairs and stools, paint them, and they’re for sale. It’s cheap because I want people to take them home and promote them for free.”
Of course, he mentions the SLAM (Savannah Local Artists Market) promotion that took place in March over the last three years, and will be held again this year on October 16th.
Perfect marketer Ellis paints the show’s sign (and was terribly flattered when someone stole a hand-painted sign from a Victory Drive palm tree earlier this year!) 10 At the moon show, he also printed a colorful SLAM tee shirt. It is “strongly encouraged” to wear them – “it will be very photogenic!” He willingly tells me.
Ellis, a longtime advocate of art, said, “I was just looking for a project and drove past the Salvation Army site and thought,” It’s the perfect place for an art show. ” It’s a circle and it’s open. Works can be exhibited on the surrounding fences, and there are many parking lots. Major Paul, Major Paul Eagan, the leader of the Salvation Army, asked me. And under the table I crossed my fingers and said, “35?” I was 60 in the first year. The following year there were 70 people. In March of this year, thanks to Covid, it returned to 60. ”
In October of this year, the number of artists exceeded 75.
Like many of us, Ellis was saddened by the cancellation of the Isle of Hope Art Show every October at Paxton Park and the beautiful Bluff Drive.
The energetic and enthusiastic octet organized a second art SLAM in 2021 to step up to fill the void. The news of this fun event spread like a wildfire through social media. The artist has registered and the food trucks and musicians have been procured. In addition to Ellis’ funky furniture, he again has a “community canvas” with painting materials, and participants are encouraged to paint their masterpieces. He showed me this March stuff and is fascinated by the more innocent images and the marks at the bottom created by children who weren’t tall enough to paint the top.
“They get a little older and a little taller, and the art gets better as you go,” he laughs.
When not organized or exhibited at SLAM, some of Ellis’s found objects, his signatures and collections of art can be found at his booth at Merchantson Bee.
“Most are STUFF,” he says. “It’s overflowing from here. You might find it at a garage sale, take it home, repair it, and paint it.”
He visits garage sales, junk stores and flea markets. He recovers driftwood and occasionally debris from swamps. He rescues him from around Thunderbolt’s shipyard and shows him a collection of discarded paintbrushes that have been converted into works of art.
I ask him if he still goes out to the river most days, he replies. I used to. The older he gets, the more he uses the word “once”. I did this “previously” and did it “previously”. But most days I’m messing around in the basement at home. And, of course, he has many friends who call him before destroying anything to see if he’s interested. (He usually does.)
We go up the stairs to the main building (wisely, he and Julie installed an elevator in the new house. As he says, “I was able to go up the stairs all day long. But now there aren’t that many. “)
As we enter the bright open living / dining and kitchen area, he provides me with a hand-painted SLAM baseball cap and hands me a PojoPoint pin.
“Once upon a time, South Carolina people called the Great Blue Heron Pojo because it ate” poor “or” Po “,” Ellis explains.
The walls of the house display the works of many SLAM artists. Paintings by Helen Durant’s beautiful canvas, Sean Turner’s fabric (the subject of the next column), Jay Ellis, Wayne Cunningham, Deborah Miller, and Charles Boniface. , more.
Obviously, Ellis is passionate about collecting local artists as well as promoting them.
Come out, meet this power of nature and share his passion with a fun SLAM this Saturday.
Ellis expects: “Mollies fish and chips food trucks, food boxes, frits with desserts, Rita’s ice cream … Music by world-famous club bets, Bruce guitarist Peter Schmidt, and Atlanta guitarist Bill Stars … Balloons and flags are flying … community canvas and even stilt pedestrians! It’s going to be SLAM TABULOUS !! ”
The outdoor SLAM (Savannah Local Artist Market) will take place on Saturday, October 16th, from 10am to 5pm at the Salvation Army Baseball Stadium at Bee Road 3000 in Savannah. Food truck, music, free admission, free parking. The Savannah Art Association, sponsored by Sulfur Studio / Arts South East, will loop up the savanna. You will need a mask.
October Slum Participating Artists:
(Alphabetical order of names):
Kristen (KK) Chmela
Rocking Chair Rhythm Review “Music of My Paintbrush”
Savannah Art Association-Sponsor
Cibel Alpas Run
Stacy Jean Albano
Sulfur Studio / Arts South East-Sponsor
Frustrating Pelican Gallery