Painting the Stories: Samantha CLAAR'S Gullah Living

The Gullah Living series began in 2009 to record visitation dreams the artist was experiencing. Characters arrived daily, doing simple tasks and expressing satisfaction with life and the desire to tell their stories. They soon evolved into full-size paintings and in 2012 won an award at the Telfair Art Show. Each canvas tells a story.

The simplicity and domesticity portrayed in the art create a sense of beauty that honors the Gullah-Geechee history. Claar has been painting since the mid 1990’s. She is the daughter of an artist, and credits her years of “MotherArt” with teaching her “enough to be confident in my own style.”

She continues to educate about the Gullah/Geechee culture and has a children’s book in progress. Her working studio, upstairs at Savannah’s City Market, encompasses her paintings, prints and cards, two art doll makers/artists, and a large selection of sweetgrass baskets from Mt. Pleasant, SC. Just in: a new line of hand-crafted jewelry by local artist Kristine Kennedy showcasing Claar’s art in original settings. Claar also has books for travelers who want to know more about the Gullah-Geechee – including the New Testament translated phonetically into Gullah.

“I realized early on that I had been invited to use my art and abilities to participate in preserving this very special culture. They basically gave us what we call “Southern.” My work is a small thank you for the gifts the Low Country has received from the Gullah/Geechee.”

Visit her working studio at:

Savannah’s City Market

309 West Saint Julian St. UPSTAIRS above Belford’s Restaurant

Studio One-A 31401 Mon-Sat 10-5

Also: The Gullah Kitchen at The Village Craftsmen

223 River St. – Savannah – 31401

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19 Jun 2017

By Travelhost Savannah