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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Uncover the New South in Old Savannah


3. What to Do

The Savannah College of Art and Design hosts cultural events like the Savannah Film Festival (left), while ShopSCAD sells jewelry, fine art, fashion, and décor created by the students (right).   

Support Savannah’s growing art scene at the locally owned artist boutiques popping up throughout the historic district. Find handpicked jewelry from designers around the world at Zia Boutique, where Zia Sachedina sells a diverse selection alongside his original creations. The selection runs from delicate Brazilian gold bracelets and cuffs with bold, colorful gemstones such as amethyst and titanium druzy (from $220), to the Batik Collection’s Turkana-, Samburu-, and Maasai-inspired art from Africa ($75 to $349). At the other end of Broughton Street, find contemporary ottomans, chaises, and club chairs at 24e, where items are created both in-house and by outside designers.

Explore urban revitalization on a free nonacademic tour of the Savannah College of Art and Design, which has faithfully restored formerly abandoned buildings according to their original aesthetics, while repurposing the interiors for modern use. Opened in 1978, SCAD has effectively built a contemporary campus that’s woven into the city historic landmarks, with its 10,000-strong student body bringing a youthful edge to the city.

Purchase items made by the art and design stars of tomorrow at ShopSCAD, a gallery and boutique featuring art, jewelry, décor, and other work by both students and faculty. Kathryn Riecher’s sterling silver cowgirl star earrings are just $16, while fine art—such as alumnus Melody Postma’s mixed-media works—cost upwards of $8,000.

Published on Feb 17, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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