The Landings Art Association
December 2020 Art Exhibit
featuring Artist of the Month
LAA/Sound View Palmetto Gallery
December 3 – January 5
The Landings Art Association invites you to the LAA/Sound View Gallery at the Palmetto Club from December 3rd through January 5th to see the latest works by Artists of the Month, Lee Forbes and Pepi Streiff. Although our monthly opening receptions are still on hold, LAA artists are always creating new works of art, and this new collection at the Palmetto Club Gallery is well worth your time.
A North Carolinian by birth, Lee Forbes began her art education taking lessons from a professional artist at age nine, and continued her studies through high school and college where she made extra money drawing caricatures and mini portraits of her classmates.
Lee moved to Savannah in 1967, settling into the historic district with her family. Active in the Savannah Art Association, as well as local and regional art festivals, Lee soon found herself in demand by hotels looking for a caricature artist to entertain convention attendees.
In 1970, the Harbor Town Merchant’s Association invited her to draw caricatures and mini-portraits each Saturday during the summers to entertain and encourage tourist traffic for lunch and shopping. This event evolved into an annual art festival and Lee began picking up commissions for pastel portrait and caricatures locally, regionally and even nationally.
Lee has continued her art education with well-known local artists, SCAD professionals, and nationally known portrait artists. She was represented at the Gordon Street Gallery and the Thompson Gallery at Hilton Head for her original cast paper sculptures.
Lee is a member of the Portrait Society of America, and a founding member, and past president of the Landings Art Association. Lee is available for portrait, landscape and caricature commissions in oils, pastels and acrylics. She can be reached at 912-441-1942.
Pepi Streiff is a native New Yorker who, born and raised in Brooklyn, entered New York University with a plan to study theatre arts and star on stage and in film. Her plans changed, however, when she fell in love with mathematics and Irwin Streiff, her husband of 57 years. Upon retiring in 2002 from a 28-year career teaching math in high school and junior college, Pepi returned to the stage. She had supporting and leading roles in 12 stage plays here in Savannah. That lead to working in student films at SCAD and then to professional work in film and TV. You can see her in the feature film By the Grace of Bob currently streaming on Amazon.
Even as a child Pepi enjoyed working with her hands. She has continued that passion with sewing, embroidering, and making jewelry. The latter began as a hobby, giving much of it away to her friends. She started experimenting with better materials such as cultured pearls, amethyst, jet, crystal, and rose quartz and developed a fondness for vintage and imported European clasps. Inevitably, her hobby became expensive enough that she began to sell her jewelry.
Pepi’s jewelry follows her philosophy of dress. Jewelry should not overwhelm. It should whisper, not shout. The woman should get the attention.
Pepi treasures her time making jewelry. Unlike her acting career where many different people tell her what to do, it is the creative outlet in which she is in complete control. Each piece from inception to completion is in her hands. She can be inspired by a necklace seen in a film or TV show. But most often it is the materials -- beads, crystals, stones and pearls -- that inspire an image in her mind that she can put together with her hands.
When she is not making jewelry, Pepi is busy acting on television and in films. She lives with her husband and their big fluffy dog, Smoky, on Burnside Island. Pepi can be reached at email@example.com or 912-659-0339.