27th Annual Judged Show
See the winning pieces through August 1st at the SOBA gallery.
Schedule of Events
Judged Show Winners Announced!
1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Cash Awards were presented
at an awards ceremony July 7th
Of the 100 local artists who entered The Society of Bluffton Artists’ 27th Annual Judged Show, 18 winners were awarded first, second and third place cash awards in the following categories: oils, acrylics, watercolor, photography, mixed media and other art during an opening reception July 7.
“It was a pleasure to jury this fine collection of art,” said David Rankin, a nationally renowned artist who judged the entries. “It is a vivid testament to the creative efforts of the artists and art community here in Bluffton. Excellence in art is a hard-won achievement that artists struggle to achieve through their individual creative skills, efforts, and inspiration. And this 27th annual compilation is one the local art community can be proud of. I hope you will come walk through this exhibition and enjoy the diversity of styles and achievements.”
The annual Judged Show is SOBA's flagship program that aims to celebrate and to showcase local artists whose works range in a variety of mediums.
Category 4: Photography
Honorable Mention —Chechessee Storm, Ed Kelly
Honorable Mention —Reflections of Connections, Jo Paduch
Honorable Mention — Cool Contemplation, Savannah Kemper
Judged Show Rules and Guidelines
Events are held at the SOBA gallery and the Center for Creative Arts next door in historic Old Town Bluffton SC.
Thank you to our sponsors
About the Judge
The judge for the show is David Rankin. His painting style is based on what he calls natural abstraction, realistic subjects using abstract design principles that he finds in nature. His award-winning watercolors are in public and private art collections in the U.S., India, and China, have been featured in more than 150 museum exhibitions, and are included in the North Light’s series, Splash: The Best of Watercolor, and Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing, and in numerous art magazines.
He promotes conservation and appreciation of the natural world through his paintings and has worked with organizations such as the International Crane Foundation, the Wild Bird Society of Japan, the Corporate Conservation Council-Japan and the Smithsonian Institution. He is a Signature Member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, Artists for Conservation, and the Society of Animal Artists where he has served on the board since 1990. David is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, Deanna.