In a chance meeting with Mike Savage of The Sav-Art Gallery I learned that he was one of many people taking part in local efforts to help out Haiti. In fact Sav-Art will be doing an art auction with proceeds going to directly to Haitian relief efforts. Folks wanting to boost their appreciation of local art and help a good cause can cruise over to Mike’s main gallery on 4504 State Line Rd for more details. During this weekend the local antique/artsy district will be filled with locals who have the means to save lives from afar.
Savage is quite and interesting guy and talking with him for a sec was a lot more informative than simply reading his bio.
For instance, while most of his fans might know that Mike grew up on Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kansas which was a Polish enclave from the days of way back. A few seconds chatting with Savage will reveal that he has an impressive mental index of bad Polish jokes.
Better still, his easygoing manner offers a bit of perspective into his painting style that’s been praised as “whimsical with lots of energy, color and movement” by his fans.
The only real contradiction in the work of Savage is the lingering question as to why he keeps schlepping his work back and forth to the Plaza every year during the X-mas season rather than just taking the big risk and sticking with the high dollar location. Word is County Club Plaza landlords are looking for a permanent artsy tenant. At this point during the Great Recession striking a lowball deal to stay on the Plaza would be a smart move according to some of Savage’s fans who mostly have only good things to say behind his back.