, 2022-11-14 07:00:28,
It’s been more than a decade since Tybee Island has had its own art festival, and one group has been working to fix that. This summer, board members of the Tybee Arts Association been discussing the need for one such event and the wheels were set in motion.
On Saturday, the island is launching its first “Tour de Art,” which will highlight works and wares from over 60 area artists.
The group is hoping to make it a monthly event, with the next “Tour de Art” scheduled for Dec. 17. The festival will be hosted in more than a dozen galleries, shops, bars, and restaurants on the island’s North End, bringing business and attention to a range of local owners and creatives.
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“We wanted it to have a pop-up market type of feel and to keep the event on the North End as there are no other North End specific events,” shared Charissa Murray, board member of Tybee Festival Association and co-chair of Tour de Art.
“Since it would be a tour of the North End shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants we thought it would be fun to call it Tour de Art.”
After bringing up the idea at the art association board meeting, Murray and Tour de Art co-chair Kelly Jones say the outpouring of response from the community has been special, as many local shops jumped on board.
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Tour de Art has since received sponsorship support from Tybee Island favorites including Hucapoos, Tybean Art & Coffee, Inferno, Tybee Cottage Art Gallery, Seaside Sisters, Chamaco’s, TIM’s Bikes, Beachgear and Disc Golf, Irritable Pelican Gallery, Sea Wolf, Cockspur Grill, Sundae Cafe, High Tide Surf Shop, Salt Island, and more.
“The support from the community has really allowed this event to shine,” Jones added.
For Murray and Jones, launching this unique event is a project close to their heart. Both are local artists and participate in many other local art markets. The pair have worked on most events on Tybee Island in some sort of capacity for years, bringing their connections and passion to the festival’s creation and launch.
“We hope people get to enjoy all of the best things the area has to offer, all in one place,” Murray explained.
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