25th Annual Judged Show Under Way


Deliver registered art from 9-11 a.m. Monday, March 4 at the Center for Creative Arts

Exhibit runs from March 5-31 with opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday March 6

Lowcountry artists are invited to submit their works of art for The Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SoBA) 25th Annual Judged Show. 

To be eligible for an award, a minimum of seven pieces must be displayed in any one of the following categories: acrylic, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, watercolor or 3D. Winners will be awarded first, second and third place cash awards.

Pre-registration is required by stopping by the gallery, located at 6 Church Street in Old Town Bluffton or by registering online. The cost to register is $25 for SoBA members and $45 for non SoBA members. The deadline for entries is from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, March 4 at the Center for Creative Arts, located next door to the SoBA gallery at 8 Church Street. During this time, artists are asked to deliver their art and required paperwork. Label information for the artwork will be emailed after registration and the fee are received. No entries will be accepted after 11 a.m. 

The judge for this year’s show is internationally renowned watercolorist Judi Betts. Her paintings have appeared on national television, wine labels, CDs and DVDs, and in more than 35 books. She has served as juror or judge for more than 150 regional, national and international competitions. In 2009, Betts was on the awards jury for the American Watercolor Society’s 142nd International Competition. Additionally, she had presented more than 425 workshops, as well as invitational sessions for watercolor societies in Norway, Puerto Rico, Sweden and Canada. Betts is a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies, members of both the National and Salmagundi Art Clubs in New York City, and she’s listed in “Who’s Who in American Art.” Betts’ paintings are included in corporate, university, museum and private collections.

The Judged Show exhibit will display from March 5-31 at the SoBA gallery with an awards ceremony from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6.