The Society of Bluffton Artists

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.

Best In Show

Best in Show — Aegan Blue, Dennis Lake

Category 1: Oils

1st Place — Resting Spot, Jackie Nutter

2nd Place —Reverie, Bill Winn

3rd Place — South From Daws Island, James Cawley

Honorable Mention — My Happy Place, Julia Kamenskikh

Category 2: Acrylics

1st Place — Velocity, Audrey Salkind

2nd Place — Morning Coffee at Cafe, Lin Hilts

3rd Place — Globally Clean, Cheryl Arnold

Honorable Mention —Friends Forever, Wyn Foland

Honorable Mention — Friends Forever, Wyn Foland

Category 3: Watercolor

1st Place — Three Friends, Brenda Fallon

2nd Place — Blooming Again, Barbara Pecce

3rd Place — The Gathering, Patricia Wilund

Honorable Mention —Little Ruby, Loraine Mullaney

Honorable Mention — Little Ruby, Loraine Mullaney

Category 4: Photography

1st Place — Anticipation, Suzanne Fiorino

2nd Place — A Bird’s Eye View, Melinda Welker

3rd Place — Tranquility, Steven Higgins

Honorable Mention —Chechessee Storm, Ed Kelly

Honorable Mention —Chechessee Storm, Ed Kelly

Honorable Mention —Reflections of Connections, Jo Paduch

Honorable Mention —Cool Contemplation, Savannah Kemper

Honorable Mention — Cool Contemplation, Savannah Kemper

Category 5: Mixed Media

1st Place — Hanami, Tamara Garvey

2nd Place — Bucket Full of Blues, Joan McKeever

3rd Place — Believe in Spring, Donna Varner

Honorable Mention —Guardian Angel, Pam Davis

Honorable Mention — Guardian Angel, Pam Davis

Category 6: Other Media

1st Place — Unconsidered Trifles: Dispensary Bottles, Kara Artman

2nd Place — Pride, Mary Burrell

3rd Place — On the Road to Hanna, Pat Diemand

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

David Rankin

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.