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Society of Bluffton Artist in Bluffton, SC, Will Hosts a Grand Opening of Their Center for Creative Arts Feb. 17, 2014

January 31, 2014

The Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SOBA) new Center for Creative Arts building is now open! The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception, Monday Feb. 17, 2014, at 5 pm. The Center for Creative Arts (CCA) is located next to the SOBA Gallery on the corner of Calhoun and Church Streets in the Arts District of Old Town Bluffton, SC.


This new facility will support SOBA’s expanding art programs with instructors specializing in a wide range of art and media skills and techniques. We are offering art classes throughout the year to our members and non-members to enhance their artistic capabilities. We are continuing to support the community with art programs to Bluffton’s 4th and fifth grade students for free and offering scholarships to those pursuing art to a college of their choice.

Fourth and fifth graders from Bluffton Elementary School enjoy an after school card-making class led by volunteers Pat Wilund and Carolyn Grace.

The quaint, 900 square foot CCA building seats 50 for lectures and classes of 15-20. It has state-of-the-art AV capabilities. In addition to SOBA’s uses it is available for other events and community functions compatible with SOBA’s mission. Please call 843/247-2868 to inquire about rental availability.

SOBA is a non-profit organization established to promote a stimulating community environment for the visual arts and assist area students and artists in enhancing their artistic abilities.

For more information please visit our website at (

Artist Amiri Farris Creates the 2013 Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival in Bluffton, SC, Commemorative Poster

September 11, 2013


In celebration of The 2013 Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival Bluffton, taking place in Bluffton, SC, resident and well known artist designs a unique commemorative artwork and poster.

“I wanted to create a poster that was fun , unique, visually interesting and that captured the festive atmosphere of the Arts and Seafood Festival. The crab, oysters and shrimp encompass the theme of the festival and I tried to illustrate that in my own unique style,” states Farris.

Amiri will be on hand signing posters as well as working on an oversized painting at the “Friends of Bluffton Artists” 2nd Annual Invitational Showcase of Local Art Sunday Oct. 13, 2013, from 11am until 5pm, in Old Town on Calhoun & Boundary. And Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20 on the festival strip Calhoun Street.


He will also be releasing his new series called Blufton dreams. This series of paintings and prints is a layered interpretation of elements found in old town Bluffton. “Bluffton is a unique town and I wanted to create a series of Artwork illustrating the different elements found in old town in my own style.”

The poster images can currently be viewed in a digital gallery at (

The ninth annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival will be held in the charming and eclectic historic district of Bluffton, SC, well known for its quirky art community and natural river beauty. The festival is a week long event offering a myriad of activities, showcasing the locally harvested seafood, delicious Low Country cuisine, rich history, culture and art of the area and Southern hospitality found only in Bluffton.

The highlight of the festival is the Streetfest which includes a juried fine art show featuring over 100 artists from 10 different states displaying and selling their art, delicious food provided by the area’s premier restaurants and caterers and great music and entertainment on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20.

Amiri Geuka Farris received his Masters of Fine Art in Painting, with his BFA in Illustration and graphic design, from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He is currently a Instructor at the University of South Carolina Beaufort where he teaches studio art. Farris’ works are full of exuberant color and intimate personal experiences. His deep engaging layers invite you to look deeper into the painting, where images and colors dance across the canvas in an energetic display of expression. His work has been featured in more than 50 one-person gallery shows and juried museum exhibitions across the US, including the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, and the York W. Bailey Museum at Historic Penn Center National Historic Landmark on St. Helena Island, SC, where he was named the 2008 Artist-of- the-Year. He has steadily created a diverse and inspired body of work that is eagerly collected in private collections throughout the world. Farris’ art studio, located at the Sea Island Art Center at the University of South Carolina’s Beaufort campus, is open by appointment. His artwork is currently on display locally at Four Corners Gallery in Old Town Bluffton.

Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Receives Grant from Lowcountry Community Foundation for New Center for Creative Arts

July 31, 2013

The Lowcountry Community Foundation awarded the Society of Bluffton Artists a grant of $12,000 to be put towards the purchase of easels, tables, chairs and materials for their new Center for Creative Arts. The building is being built next to the existing SOBA Gallery on Church Street in old town Bluffton, SC. The space will be used to provide art classes for local school students during the school year. This is an after-school, no-cost program extended to 4th and 5th graders in our school district. The space will also be used for The Society’s outreach programs which schedules speakers and workshops specializing in a wide range of art forms. These are designed to assist artists and students to enhance their abilities and promote interest in visual arts in the community.

Ground has been broken for the new Center for Creative Arts building next to the SOBA Gallery in downtown Bluffton.

Vice President Steve Moscowitz, standing in for President Sandra Wenig (who valiantly applied for the grant on SOBA’s behalf), was present at the awards luncheon to accept the check and gave a concise description of our goals and plans.

For further info call 843/757-6586 or visit (

Pluff Mudd Art Gallery in Bluffton, SC, Announces Guest Artist Program

June 28, 2013

Pluff Mudd Art Gallery, located on Calhoun Street in Bluffton, SC, has just started a Guest Artist Program. Outstanding artists are invited to exhibit their work at the gallery for a period of two months each. Currently, Lane Palmisano is showing her paintings in the Porch room. Says Vickie Jourdan, Manager of the gallery and exhibiting artist, “This program is designed to bring unique artists to the area. It’s an opportunity to provide exposure for these fine artists who are not affiliated with any independent gallery in Old Town Bluffton.”

Lane Palmisano, is known for her oils that produce paintings that are drenched in color. She combines a loose, impasto application using a palette knife and brush, along with glazing techniques, layering her work with thin veils of color. This process gives her paintings unusual texture and luminosity. Her work is in collections around the globe, including: The American Embassy in Beijing,, China; CNN; and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

Jeanie Hooper follows in July and August with her photographs and collages. From California, her undergraduate degree is in art education from Texas State with graduate studies at Miami of Ohio.

Margaret Crawford will be in the Pluff Mudd Gallery in September/ October, and Donna Varner will be showing during November and December.

For more information about this program please contact either Irene or Vickie or check out our website at (www.PluffMuddArt.Com), call Irene K. Williamson at 843/689-5088 or Vickie Jourdan at 842/837-5152. Pluff Mudd Art Gallery is located at 27 Calhoun Street, in Bluffton, SC, and is open Monday through Saturday, from 10:00-5:00.

Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Announce 2013 Naomi McCracken Scholarship Awards

June 5, 2013

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, is pleased to announce the 2013 Naomi McCracken Scholarship Awards going to three very talented student artists. Each year SOBA awards scholarships to deserving graduating seniors from Bluffton High School who have been accepted to an accredited art college and plan to major in the visual arts.

Christina Andrews

Alexandria Craig

Christina Andrews was the first place winner, Alexandria Craig and Alexandra Ball were tied for second place. Andrews works in mainly with acrylic and pen and ink, Craig in a variety of media, and Ball is an up and coming photographer. They were judged based on their body of work and interviews with the SOBA scholarship committee. These girls are inspiring and all three are sure to be successful in their next level of artistic endeavors. Congratulations to them all! We have no photo for Alexandra Ball.

For further info call 843/757-6586  or at (

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Announce Award Winners from “Side by Side Show”

April 20, 2013

Photographers and traditional artists have teamed up – each artist interpreted the photograph they have chosen in his or her preferred medium. The photo and the accompanying art are displayed Side by Side of course! The work was judged on its own merit and there were prizes for both photographs and paintings, and one overall best of show.

The judges for this competition were Andrea Pejeau and Dennis Vernon. The reception and presentation of awards was held Sunday Apr. 7 with a wonderful crowd attending. The show will be on display though May 4, 2013. Please visit the SOBA Gallery, located at the corner of Church and Calhoun Streets in Old Town Bluffton. Call 843/757-6586 or visit ( for more information.

“Peachy Keen”, Oil Painting by Michelle Maffei


1st Place Photo “Morning Quiet” by Art Cornell
1st Place Art “Working it Out” by Jo Dye
2nd Place Photo “Window on the Morning” by Wes Grady
2nd place Art “Local Textures” by Marilyn Dizikes
3rd Place Photo “Henderson Chief” by Martha Johnstone
3rd Place Art “Summer Morning on Casco Bay” by Tricia Gardner


“Winter Sunrise” by Joan Eckhardt
“Denali The Great One” by Fran Hubbell

“Footprints on My Mind” by Rosemary Meidenbauer
“Forsythe Fountain at Night” by Shirley Good Bacher

Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Announce Winners of Annual Judged Show

December 12, 2012

The Society of Bluffton Artists, in Bluffton, SC, Annual Judged Show held its awards presentation and reception on Sunday with a grand crowd of artists and admirers. This year’s judge, acclaimed artist Linda Sheppard of Beaufort, SC, gave a wonderful explanation of why each of her choices were made.

The awards presented were as follows:

Work by Bonnie Mason











The show, featuring paintings and some 3 dimensional work will be on display through Jan. 6, 2013. Please visit the SOBA Gallery, located at the corner of Church and Calhoun Streets in Old Town Bluffton, SC.

For further information call 843/757-6586 or visit (

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Offers 24th Annual Art & Flowers Luncheon – May 6, 2012

March 14, 2012

The Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, will offer the 24th Annual Art & Flowers Luncheon,   “Springtime in Paris” on May 6, 2012, starting at 1pm.

The event includes: art and flower exhibits, art boutique, silent auction, French cuisine luncheon, and fashion show by the Palmettos.

Reservations due Apr. 23, 2012.

The event takes place at the Jack Nicklaus Clubhouse, Colleton River Plantation, 60 Colleton River Drive in Bluffton, SC.

Price of event: $40; preview-only tickets (to view exhibits from 11:45-1:00) pm, $10.

Contact information: Audrey Larkin at 843/342-7349, e-mail at ( or visit (

Pluff Mudd Art Gallery in Bluffton, SC, Celebrates 10th Anniversary – Apr. 12, 2012

February 29, 2012

In the heart of Bluffton, SC’s historic Old Town’s art hub stands an art gallery that has withstood the test of time. Pluff Mudd Art has been an outstanding gallery exhibiting a variety of fine artwork for over ten years. On April 12, 2012, the public is invited to participate in its 10-hour long anniversary celebration. The gallery, at 27 Calhoun Street, will be open from 10am till 8pm. Artists will be there throughout the day to welcome visitors and share in the fun.

Pluff Mudd Art opened its doors in 2002 in the old Mercantile Building with 12 artists, both 2-D and 3-D. Today the gallery boasts 21 fine artists, all of whom had been juried in by their peers to ensure top quality. “The concept was inspired by Peggy Duncan and the late Jon Nelson who owned Crossroads Gallery,” says Lynda Potter, one of the original members of the gallery. They formed the Guild of Bluffton Artists, an affiliation of like-minded artists. The guild moved into the gallery which became known as Pluff Mudd Art when the gallery settled into its current space, the bright yellow cottage in 2005. The aim of the gallery is to “provide a venue for talented artists to sell their work, and to tangibly justify the reputation of Bluffton as an artists’ haven.”

Pluff Mudd Art Gallery takes its name from the odoriferous substance that is laid bare in our marshes at low tide. For natives returning from a trip, the distinctive aroma is the smell of home. For art enthusiasts, Pluff Mudd Art Gallery is the local home for fine art.

The 10th Anniversary Celebration will include 10 hours of snacks and refreshments (coffee and cupcakes in the morning, iced tea and cookies in the afternoon and wine and hors d’oeuvres starting at 5pm), there will be a drawing for ten pieces of artwork by Pluff Mudd artists, and for that day, all artists will be extending a 10% discount on individual items priced over $100. The gallery will be featuring its new spring collection. (The gallery produces a new show every quarter). The public is invited to tour the gallery, enjoy the art, talk with the artists and take advantage of the one-day discount on some of the artwork.

The current 21 artists exhibit a wide variety of media, styles and subjects. They include: watercolors, oils, acrylics, collages, prints, fiber art, jewelry, woodturnings, photography, sea-grass basketry, wood carvings, pottery and ceramics, notecards, representational art, abstract art, impressionistic art, and wire art. “The artists who comprise this co-op gallery have all been invited to join on the basis of their achievements and renown in their areas of expertise,” says Vickie Jourdan, general manager of the gallery. “We all share in the work of maintaining the gallery and one of our artists is always on hand to talk about their work and that of the other gallery members.”

“When I was accepted into the gallery,” says Irene K. Williamson, the newest member to join,” I felt like I had arrived. My artwork met the test.” Irene specializes in collages and abstract paintings.

Three charter members continue to show at the gallery—Lynda Potter, a mixed media artist; Vickie Jourdan, abstract artist; and David Knowlton who paints in oils. David Knowlton says “though we’ve added new members to the group, we continue to maintain the high quality of artwork for which we have been known over the years”.

Ten years on Calhoun Street has established Pluff Mudd Art Gallery as a must-see stop for visitors and locals interested in fine art. The charming, re-purposed home, is a comfortable location, unlike any other, in which to spend a fun-filled hour or more in an art-y ambience.

The members of the gallery include: Terry Brennan, Bob Berman, Peggy Carvell, Laura Cody, Diane Dean, Cheryl Eppolito, Ed Funk, David Knowlton, Marilyn McDonald, Daurus Niles, Linda Patalive, Jim Renauer, Patti Seldes, Michael Smalls, Ellen Blair Rogers, Steve White, Pat Wilcox, Caroll Williams and Irene K. Williamson.

For further information call the gallery at 843/757-5590.

Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Calls for Entries for its Black and White Judged Photography Exhibition – Deadline Mar. 5, 2012

February 8, 2012

All area photographers are invited to participate!

Entry form deadline March 5, 2012. Fee per entry: SOBA members $15 / non-members $25. Exhibition displayed from March 13 – April 21 at SOBA Gallery in Old Town Bluffton. Acclaimed photographer, poet and painter Art Cornell is the judge for this event. Reception will be Sunday March 18, 3-5 pm.

Work by Bill Sease

Pick up entry forms at SOBA Gallery at the corner of Calhoun and Church Streets in Bluffton or call Bob or Judy Weissman at 843/290-3684.


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