A popular artist could paint a mural in tribute to the endangered Star Bar
By John Ruch
A well-known Savannah folk artist can paint a mural on the Star Community Bar at Little Five Points to honor its history as it faces demolition.
Panhandle Slim is known for his meme-style paintings featuring a portrait of someone – from celebrities to everyday people – and one of their quotes. In recent years, he has become known for campaign publicity art for Georgia Democrats such as gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and US Senators Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock. Former President Jimmy Carter has a commissioned portrait of himself from the artist.
Now Panhandle Slim enters into controversy and anxiety over the Star Bar’s possible demise in a plan that includes a bid to build him a new space.
“I offered to paint a mural on the wall to celebrate the culture and history of the Star Bar community,” he told SaportaReport. “…The Star Bar is important to me. My good friends from Atlanta used to play there often. So many good shows there.
Born Scott Stanton, the Florida native was previously a professional skateboarder and in the 1990s fronted cult punk rock band The Causey Way, which had an album on legendary San Francisco label Alternative Tentacles. Slim said his band never got to play at the bar, but attended a gig there with his friend’s band, Atlanta 90s hit Babyfat (later known as from Ultrababyfat).
Former Star Bar co-owner Jim Stacy – also known for his past in punk bands, restaurants and TV cooking shows – told a community meeting on September 18 that he was in discussions with the owner to obtain permission to paint the fresco.