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I AM, ARE U?

Opening night was a great success! Thank you to everyone who came out to support the arts. 
"I AM, ARE U?" will be open until May 25th at The Refinery in Asheville, NC. 

207 Coxe Ave,
Asheville, NC, 28801
 


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The AAAC is excited to announce Zander Stefani’s upcoming exhibition: “I Am, Are U?” in the Front Gallery of the Refinery Creator Space. An exhibition that ponders the phrase: ‘I am’, Stefani exemplifies the constant moral battle between self and other. The way all past experiences blend to become a reflection of the present moment. Life is a monumental journey and we are mere human beings facing the infinite universe.  He explores the questions of identity that we are all forced to face each day, contemplating the boundaries society embeds on us from the moment we are born. While this new body of work has a more developed sense of style, Stefani’s figures continue to portray the same sense of entrapment; plagued by the illusions presented in this world, yet realizing the infinite depths of reality. Intertwining tones of spirituality and street style fill the visual plane in Stefani’s work, bringing to light the palpable connection between the pure expression of graffiti and the intense meditation of spirituality. He tends to work autonomously, allowing the painting to reveal itself through many transparent layers of acrylic paint.

Zander Stefani (b. 1994, Toronto) is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, GA with a BFA in painting. He currently lives in Asheville and has exhibited along the eastern United States. His work can be seen in the homes of collectors throughout North America.

Stefani on his latest body of work:

“Our world these days is so reliant on labels and beliefs in order to be properly delineated and judged. It is hard to have a conversation with a young adult that doesn’t end up revolving around social media, orientation, goals for the future, the steps you will take to get there, etc. We place so much importance on how we identify ourselves that our true spirit gets lost in the mix.

The confusion that comes after asking the first question, “who am I?” only leads to more questions: “what am I doing here?”, “what is my purpose?” “what can I accomplish in this lifetime?” “Do I stand up to those that have come before me?”. Growing up in a society that is so focused on the end result and the next step, it is all too easy to lose sight of ourselves and our connection to the universe. I try to create work that visually represents both the magic and melancholy attuned to human existence, an attempt at divulging the questions with no answers.”

 

The Refinery Creator Space: 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC, 28801

The exhibition will be open to the public in the Front Gallery from Friday, April 6 – Friday, May 25, 2018. With an opening reception on Friday, April 6th from 5-8 pm.
The first 50 attendees to arrive will receive a free signed and editioned poster!

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Non-Fiction Gallery, a program of Art Rise Savannah, is pleased to announce the opening of Greetings from Wonderland, a two-person exhibition by H. E. Ramage and Zander Stefani. The opening reception is Friday, May 19th from 6 – 9 pm. Non-Fiction Gallery is located at 1522 Bull St, Savannah, GA, and the event is free and open to the public.

Using a variety of mediums, both artists present the concepts of spirituality and purgatory in their work. H. E. Ramage and Zander Stefani use painting, sculpture, and installation to manifest visions of intense existential moments. The work of the two artists is united by their passion to find comfort in the uncomfortable.

You can see more of H. E. Ramages work on her website, and find out more about the exhibition on it's website: 

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The Alexander Collective’s first annual Salon show at Non-Fiction Gallery is happening this Friday April 7th from 6-9pm! 

As part of Savannah’s official First Friday Art March your eyes will be mesmerized with well over 100 entries from AC members, ranging in medium, subject matter, and size. 

I have two pieces in the show, it was great to be a part of!

Exhibition: SCAD Student Showcase | 2.24.2017 | 5-7pm | Alexander Hall | Savannah, GA

Friday, Feb. 24
5-7 p.m.
Alexander Hall, painting studios
668 Indian St.
Savannah, GA

This event is free and open to the public.

This reception is part of deFINE ART 2017, held Feb. 21–24 at SCAD locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, and Hong Kong. DeFINE ART is an annual program of exhibitions, lectures, performances and public events that highlights emerging and established artists and visionaries.


Blackwater Middle School Dance Hallway Scores Bright Makeover for Free

Osagie Ehigie, dance education and arts management teacher at Black Water Middle School, wanted a more vibrant and colorful hallway to inspire his students.

He originally planned to commission just one mural from an artist who could capture the “chaotic energy” of his classroom, and after weeks of research came across Zander Stefani’s website. Stefani is a Savannah, Ga.-based artist who attends the Savannah College of Art and Design.

After doing his research and budgeting for a small mural, Ehigie reached out to the 20-year-old artist who agreed to paint a hallway near the dance room.

Ehigie set a few guidelines for the paintings and asked Stefani to create something vibrant and reminiscent of the energy found in middle school dance rooms. Stefani jumped head first into the challenge.

That mural helps illustrate how students are so accepted here. We celebrate diversity, and students can be anyone they want to be.
— Vicki Gore, Black Water school secretary

“So many schools are so bland, so white and gray,” Stefani said. “I just wanted to invoke an energy in here that will make kids excited to be here.”

Stefani used a mix of spray and acrylic paint to cover over 140 feet of wall in vibrant yellows, greens, blues and oranges. Much of the work is reflective of colors found in nature and in the flow and movement found in dance.

“I wanted the capture the energy that comes with dance, and I wanted to give it an energy that would invoke excitement,” Stefani said.

Black Water is the only middle school in the district with a dance education program. Ehigie teaches about 150 children throughout the year and includes lessons in tap, ballet, hip-hop and jazz.


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RE Group Art Show – at Redefine Gallery

Thursday night (11/17/16) 3rd Thursday, is the opening of the show “Re Group”. Redefine Gallery put out a call to artists and received over 100 submissions from all over the country and overseas. They selected 24 artists whose work was inspiring, and I was lucky to be one of them!

Doors open 6pm-10pm and is free/ all ages.
 

Small Works

SCAD presents “Small Works,” an annual juried exhibition of work by SCAD students, alumni, professors and staff. All works are for sale and measure 18 inches or less in all dimensions. The majority of the art can be purchased for less than $300 per piece, and the exhibition includes photography, paintings, prints, jewelry, fibers, sculptures, artist books, ceramics and illustrations.

Reception: Thursday, Nov. 19, 6-7:30 p.m.

Gallery hours:
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
Closed on Sunday

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Chris Constas at 912.525.4743 or cconstas@scad.edu.


Check out Open Studio Night and see what SCAD painting students have been up to. View work from talented students, explore individual studio spaces, and enjoy live music and refreshments at this annual event.

Open Studio Night showcases the best in SCAD painting and printmaking, and gives you exclusive access to up-and-coming artists. Choose from hundreds of original works of art by SCAD students and alumni on display and available for purchase. Open Studio Night is free and open to the public.

Alexander Hall is located at 668 Indian St., Savannah, GA.