The Seven-Year Anniversary Arts & Celebrations Issue
Savannah’s gala season has arrived, and with it myriad reasons to celebrate—not the least of which is South’s seventh year anniversary. This Arts & Celebrations issue also examines all that Savannah and the South has to offer in the arts scene, from a front row seat at one of Telfair Museums’ biggest exhibits of the season to the art of being the perfect guest at any party. Don your evening wear, raise your glass and come celebrate with South’s 43rd issue!
7-YEAR ANNIVERSARY ISSUE 43 FEBRUARY-MARCH 2013 FEB-MARCH 2013 $4.95 SOUTHMAGA ZINE .COM contents ➼ south feb | mar 2013 | features 62 S EV E N A RT I ST S YOU N E E D TO K NOW S AVA N N A H A R T I S T S T H AT A R E N ’ T T O B E M I S S E D ➼ 78 F RO N T ROW S E AT BY LISBETH CHEEV ER-GESSA M A N B Y D AV I D G I G N I L L I A T T E L FA I R M U S E U M S E X P L O R E S T H E A R T O F S E AT I N G ➼ 108 T H E ROA R I NG TWENTIES S T Y L E S O F T H E C E L E B R AT E D ERA ➼ BY RYA N GIB SON ST Y L E D OW N T H E A I S L E 114 REAL PHOTOS FROM REAL SOUTHERN WEDDINGS 16 southmaga zine.com f ebrua ry | m a rch 13 contents ➼ south feb | mar 2013 | departments [ LIVE ] 38 GUIDE TO SURVIVING ST. PATRICK’S DAY South’s guide to the parade, green beer, beads and more. 74 THE FASHION ORACLE Andre Leon Talley is making his mark as a high priest of fashion. 40 YOU HAD ME AT Y’ALL Seven reasons why we love living in the South, straight from Savannah’s own. 38 48 56 88 SOUTH’S GREATEST PHOTOGRAPHERS Southern beauty from behind the lens. [ G O , S T AY , S H O P ] 98 SAV TO ATL A weekend art trip isn’t complete without a visit to Southern Art, Vortex and the W. 44 LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN A look back on 2 01 2 and another great year for the Hostess City. 48 GUIDE TO BEING THE PERFECT GUEST South invites you to finess the fete. 102 SLOW DOWN AND SOAK UP LOWCOUNTRY BLISS Palmetto Bluff is the perfect place for a Southern elopement or romantic getaway. [ MEET ] 56 MOGULS, MOOLAH & MADMEN Two local media agencies are taking on big clients and changing the business. 40 88 102 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THROWING THE GREATEST SOUTHERN SOIREE 108 THE ROARING TWENTIES Fashion inspired by one of the greatest decades in history. 114 STYLE DOWN THE AISLE Real photos from real Southern weddings showcase the South’s romantic beauty. 62 SEVEN ARTISTS YOU NEED TO KNOW Savannah artists who are a must-see. [ E AT ] 162 CHEWING THE FAT Tasty morsels of the latest Savannah dining news. 164 164 PARTY-PERFECT PASTRIES Delectable delights that are perfect for any celebration. [ P L AY ] 172 SOMETHING VINTAGE, SOMETHING NEW Elizabeth Demos has the skinny on vintage wedding styling. 173 NOTABLE NUPTIALS Celeb weddings are a Southern specialty. ➼ page 128 174 CELEBRATE THE SOUTH A comprehensive guide to the year’s greatest galas, fundraisers and festivals. 18 southmaga zine.com f ebrua ry | m a rch 13 publisher’s letter TAKING THE LEAD feb | mar 2013 About the Covers photographer: Colin Douglas Gray creative director: Michael Brooks While photographing fashion icon André Leon Talley proved to be a bit of a challenge (about 800 miles separate Talley's New York City home and the Hostess City), no challenge is impossible. Former South photo editor Colin Douglas Gray (now living in New York) offered his expertise to capture this pop culture giant’s essence. The shoot did have to be rescheduled, however, due to Talley’s last-minute trip to the White House in early January. And it has. A brief sampling of the signs of the times: Our nation has been in one of the longest recessions in its history (and we’re still not out of the woods). Our deficit has climbed to over $1 trillion dollars. Ouch. Our second amendment rights are being threatened. Oh, and yes, of course, South magazine is celebrating the release of its 43rd issue. The last seven years were not for the faint of heart. But guess what? globe shoe company owners john and We’re still here. Where South is concerned, we’ve seen amy sussman with michael brooks the “end of print” come and go. Sure, there are print products that make no sense in this digital age but, just like satellite did not, in fact, kill radio and cable didn’t kill local television, relevant, high-quality print publications are here to stay—even if some other guru pronounces them dead again. Now let’s get on with 2013. Let’s drop the shaking-in-our-boots bit and get back to what made this country great (cue the anthem). After all, our ancestors had more than their share of hardships. Heck, they didn’t even have indoor plumbing. Yes, there will be new laws that will make things more challenging, but that makes it more important than ever to make sure that we’re working hard, setting goals and being innovative. If the government will not take the lead, then small business must. It has been the backbone of this country since its inception. So, we at South have tried to play our part. We’ve changed a lot since 2006 and it has been a constant challenge to continue publishing a product that does justice to our region. We’ve worked extremely hard to pack each issue with tons of useful information on how to get the most out of living here, but y’all already knew that, right? A huge thanks for the support of the clients and readers who, despite tough times, have continued to be with us every step of the way. Perhaps the most steadfast has been John Sussman and his Globe Shoe Company. When companies 10 times the size of his backed off, he kept on. John isn’t shaking in his boots, or shoes, as the case may be. It’s probably a big reason why Globe Shoe is in its 114th year. Message received loud and clear, John. Many thanks and keep reading, A LOT CA N H A PPEN IN SEV EN Y E A R S. photographer: Ryan Gibson hair: Tiffony Simpson (Ony Salon) makeup: Katherine Taylor costume styling: Lynn Serulla creative director: Michael Brooks Themed weddings are a dime a dozen, but it takes truly special artisans to make a scene unforgettable. South tapped some of Savannah’s best to bring Savannah Portrait Artist and model Lisa Prentiss (read more about her on p. 62) into a steampunkinspired wedding scene. Costumer and stylist Lynn Serulla combed closets to invoke this look, and Meredith Sutton lent a hand to design and style the jewelry, Garden on the Square fashioned the bouquet, and The Jeweler's Bench designer Omar Portigliatti’s custom brooch topped off the look. behind the gears For more information on the cover shoot and steampunk look, visit southmagazine.com. Michael Brooks, Publisher 20 southmaga zine.com f ebrua ry | m a rch 13 RYA N GIBSON editor’s letter COME CELEBRATE feb | mar 2013 magazine S P R I N G . I T ’ S A W O R D T H AT M A K E S YO U S M I L E with anticipa- publisher/creative director Michael Brooks ➼ firstname.lastname@example.org managing editor Sarah Jones ➼ email@example.com art director Sara D'Eugenio ➼ firstname.lastname@example.org consulting editor Janice S hay advertising art director Rachel S chroeder ➼ email@example.com photography editor Ryan Gibson ➼ firstname.lastname@example.org account executive Carol A nne Henry ➼ email@example.com financial and circulation manager Ivy H ankins ➼ firstname.lastname@example.org director of business development Cheryl Blalock ➼ email@example.com beauty editor Jules D e Jesus bookings editor Josh F ritz city editor David Gignilliat dining editor Shawndra Russell features editor Lisbeth C heever-Gessaman web mediator Shaun O ppedisano ➼ firstname.lastname@example.org tion. Renewal and growth, celebrations and sunlight, these are images this season conjures—and this year it also connotes a blossoming of hope. After the dismal stall of our economy, both nationally and locally, there’s finally movement in our city. New buildings are being planned, restaurants and stores are popping up, and there is a buoyant feeling that 2013 may be the year we celebrate the end of this recession. Get thee behind us, Wall Street. It is also a year of anniversaries—this magazine’s 7th—and we hope it will be a lucky one. It is also Savannah’s 280th anniversary. That’s far too many candles for a birthday cake, but perhaps that’s why we seem to have fireworks 280 days a year. Savannahians do love a party! Come March 17, St. Patrick’s Day will have been celebrated here with a parade for 189 years. The Hibernian Society will again toast the Shamrock Isle that evening, as they have for almost 200 years. And we’ll all give thanks if the azaleas bloom beforehand. You will find a feast of information in this issue—scoping out the local art scene, introducing you to everyone you need to know to plan a celebration, and giving you the lowdown on the spring celebrations in our city. Check out Front Row Seat (p. 78), featuring chairs from the Telfair Museums’ exhibit along with local movers and shakers who hardly ever seem to sit. Lauren Hunsberger’s amazing story, Moguls, Moolah and Madmen (p. 56), will have you cheering for our hometeam talent, and also give our creative-coast entrepreneurs something to brag about. Come take a seat and celebrate spring with us. Céad míle fáilte!* Janice Shay, Consulting Editor *One hundred thousand welcomes! copy editor Cameron Spencer contributing writers Grace B arkley, J oicelyn D ingle, Lauren Hunsberger, G en F uller contributing photographers Amy A dair, J ohn A lexander, K ate Blohm, C hina Fagan, Ivan Feign, S ydney Smith editorial interns Meredith Brown, I mani C hamberlain, Kayla Gri ffi n, M organ E llen Johnson production and photography interns Abby C assner, A shley Nu nz, J uwan Platt south mag a zin e i s p ubl ish ed b imon t h l y b y b a d i n k , b r o ok s a dv er t ising desig n, i nc . r epr od uc t ion b y a n y me a ns of t h e w hol e or p a r t of b a d i n k wit hout w r it t en p er mission f r om t h e p ubl ish er i s p r oh ibit ed. v ie ws e x pr essed i n t h e e dit or i a l p ag es d o n o t i mpl y o ur e n dor sement . w e wel c ome y our p r od uc t n e ws. i nc l ude p r ic es, pho t os a n d d ig it a l f il es wit h y our p r ess r el e a se. pl e a se f or wa r d p r od uc t s a mpl es a n d m edia k it s t o r ev ie ws e dit or , south mag a zin e, 1 1 6 bul l s t r eet , s ava n na h , g eor g ia 3 1401 . w e c a n no t b e r espon sibl e f or u nsol ic it ed p r od uc t s a mpl es. subsc r ipt ion r at es: u .s.: $19 for one year; $28 for two years; s ing l e c opies: $4.95. c h a ng e of a ddr ess n o t ic e: s ix t o e ig h t w eek s p r ior t o mov ing , pl e a se c l ip t h e m a il ing l a bel f r om t h e most r ec ent i ssue a n d s en d i t a l on g w it h y our n e w a ddr ess t o: south mag a zin e, c h a ng e of a ddr ess no t ic e, 1 1 6 bul l s t r eet , s ava n na h , g a 3 1401 , a t t n: c ir c ul at ion south magazine: A D ivision of B ad I nk 1 1 6 B ull Street, S avannah, G eorgia 31401 phone: 91 2.236.5501 f ax: 91 2.236.5524 southmagazine.com a good old time South staffers took a break to pose for a photo at Time Machine on River Street, channeling flappers and gangsters to capture the essence of the 1 92 0s. 22 southmaga zine.com f ebrua ry | m a rch 13 COL E W HIT WORTH contributors feb | mar 2013 Featured Contributor L I N D S AY N I X J O I C Y LY N D I N G L E DAV I D G I G N I L L I AT Joicelyn Dingle, a writer, editor and valentine of fashion and music, is a Savannah native. She is the co-creator and founding editorial director of Honey magazine, and has worked for Vibe, InStyle and Essence. Joicelyn writes a column for Ebony.com and freelances for South. Splitting her time between Savannah and Brooklyn, she is completing a documentary on the making of Honey magazine and the ’90s urban publishing era. She says, “I’m thrilled about the possibilities in publishing available now. When I experienced South magazine for the first time, I couldn’t believe this quality of magazine was happening in my hometown! ’” R EA D DINGLE’S WOR K IN “THE FASHION ORACLE: ANDRÉ LEON TALLEY” [PAGE 74]. David Gignilliat grew up in Virginia’s vast DC-area suburbs before chasing his Southern roots to Savannah in 2005, where he began writing for South magazine in 2007. After starting his career in newspapers as a sportswriter for The Tahoe Daily Tribune, he spent seven years working in the investment industry as a stockbroker. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he currently freelances for Celebrate Hilton Head, Northern Virginia Magazine, and Golden Isles Magazine and authors his own blog, Quixotica , where he waxes poetic about the nuances of modern-day language and slang. R E A D GIGN IL LI AT’S WOR K IN “SEV EN A RTISTS YOU NEED TO KNOW” [PAGE 62]. Lindsay Nix is a Dallas native who made Savannah her home in 2002, when she started a career in hairdressing. She has a diverse portfolio, peppered with a wide assortment of editorial work and fashion show experience. She has a flare for the dramatic and specializes in avant-garde styling. She joined the Keratin Complex team in 2008 and now serves on the creative color team, coaching new educators. Lindsay is a national platform artist for the company and travels to speak at conventions to inspire and motivate hairdressers. An extremely passionate artist, Nix found her Savannah hairdressing home at Towne Salon on 41st Street. SEE NIX’S HAIR STYLING IN “THE ROARING TWENTIES” [PAGE 108]. C OV E R A R T I S T S For the steampunk-inspired cover shoot, a team of local artisans came together to create a completely unique and totally custom look. Omar Portigliatti of The Jeweler’s Bench designed a one-of-a-kind brooch specially for South’s seven-year anniversary, incorporating the number seven into its gear elements. Local jewelry designer Meredith Sutton offered her expertise by creating and styling the jewelry, and Lynn Serulla styled the costume to achieve a steampunk look . F OR MOR E ON T H E A RT I STS A N D BE H I N D -T H E SCENES PHOTOS, VISIT SOUTHMAGAZINE.COM. 24 southmaga zine.com f ebrua ry | m a rch 13 letters ➼ feb | mar 2013 write to us at email@example.com or 116-a bull street, savannah, georgia, 31401 PUBLIC KITCH EN & B AR [DEC | J AN 2013 ] After seeing the new local watering hole in South’s December/January EAT section, here’s what the public had to say about Public Kitchen & Bar. “Gorgeous! One of my favorite spots in Savannah!” — KATHY S H E PPAR D WE E KS “Great Place! Very glad to have them as our neighborhood spot! Cheers!” — K RONOWITZ LOWE LL “Wow! Love, love, love …” — N UALA O’ KAN E What Now, Pete? Readers and community members seemed to love the send-off South gave former Chatham County Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis as much as we loved working on it. Here’s what they had to say about Pete’s story. “Really superb! Love this!” “Great to see Ruel and Stratton looking so well and the South continuing to deliver great content.” — PETE R FOSSIC K A M A N DA R A M I R E Z — ANG E LA KAY HOPPE R-LE E “Nice! Very, very clean, has your signature style blended with high powered professional photo look.” — SCOTT BI LBY “I know Amanda from the gym, she works hard and looks great!” LI N DA DAVI S “Best. Cover. Ever.” – M IC H E LLE WALK E R DAN I E LS , ON TH E JOG FATH E R “Double thumbs up.” —STEVE MOUSOU RAK I S “Beautiful cover photo!” – G I LLIAN VICTOR IA , ON TH E SOUTH ’S G R EATE ST K I DS C AS I NO C OV E R P R A I S E “WE LOVE THIS MAGAZINE!” – LAW G ROU P “Those pictures are great! What a sport! What a photographer and stylist! Good job.” — MAR S HA MOOR E 26 southmaga zine.com f ebrua ry | m a rch 13 R U E L A N D S T R A T T O N P H O T O : M A T T H E W Z I M M E R M A N A N D I VA N F E I G N InstaSouth: Instagram Featured Artist feb | mar 2013 âžź follow south magazine on instagram @instasouth. to be featured in an upcoming issue, email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org FEATURED ARTIST: ARLIE TR OWBRIDGE (@URB ANREVISIONS) arlie trowbridge is a multi-media artist living in asheville, north carolina. trowbridge recently relocated from richmond, virginia, where she began her glass jewelry and fiber company, urban revisions. while sheâ€™s an urban dweller at heart, her inspirations revolve around nature. using strong materials paired with delicate aesthetics, her pieces yield unexpectedly feminine results. 28 southmaga zine.com decem ber | ja n ua ry 13