May Eclectic

Let the Magic and the Music of Your Art Flow

When you step back from your art do you see and feel the flow of the piece. Will the magic you’ve put into it be felted by the people that view it. Is it compelling? Is it saying what you want it to? Your art is you, let it be as magical, musical and glowing as you are.

My personal style of painting and sewing requires flow, color, pizazz. When designing and sewing a fashion garment sometimes it’s the fabric that demands the center stage and other time it’s the pattern that must be the focus. When planning a painting similar thoughts going into how the paintings will flow with color and motion. Joan McKeever complimented my work when she quoted a well-known artist instructor, whose name I can’t remember. She stated that I paint in verbs rather than nouns.

Let’s all bring the color, magic, music, flow and fun of our art to SoBA. Display it with pride and a price that will sell. ART ON………………….

Gayle Miller
Society of Bluffton, President

“Nature’s Elegance”
Exhibits May 7-June 3
Bill Bogle is the Featured Artist for May

Bill Bogle, Jr. has a passion for capturing the beauty of nature — from the crisp morning air at sunrise, the quiet marsh, fog on the water, hills, trails, mountain peaks or canyon walls — through the lens of his camera. His landscape photography will be on display during an exhibit called “Nature’s Elegance: National Parks and Beyond” from May 7-June 3 at The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) gallery in Old Town Bluffton. The public is invited to an opening reception from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, May 13 at the gallery.

Bogle has been capturing stunning moments with his camera at National and State Parks for the past 15 years. Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, Bogle spent 34 years practicing law before he moved to the Lowcountry in 2017. His passion for photography started in college. He runs Bogle Photography LLC in Okatie, SC, which includes landscape images, contract work, custom fine printing, matting and framing.

“Landscape photography is my passion,” Bogle said. “There is this anticipation of the making of a great image, the process in making the image and the editing to recall what the eye and senses experienced at the time the image was made. It is all culminated in the fine art print.”

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Raffle of Painting by Nationally Renowned Artist Linda St. Clair
Funds benefit the non-profit’s after-school programs for children

Raffle tickets are $20 and are available at the SoBA gallery on Church Street in Old Town Bluffton. The public is encouraged to purchase as may raffle tickets as they like. The tickets are on sale until May 20th.

The Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SoBA) is raffling off “Morning Melody,” a 12 x 12 inch oil Painting created by nationally renowned American wildlife painter Linda St. Clair. The painting is priced at $1,400. St. Clair served as the judge for SoBA’s recent Annual Judged Show in which more than 100 local artists submitted their artwork. She offered the painting to SoBA to be used as a fundraising opportunity for the non-profit art organization’s after school program for children.

Most of St. Clair’s paintings are completed in one sitting at her studio in Santa Fe. To get a clearer perspective of an animal’s spirit, she travels frequently to find and photograph them. She has traveled to the North Pole to study Polar Bears, Africa to observe elephants and zebras, and Yellowstone National Park to watch grizzly bears. Locally, she is represented by The Red Piano Art Gallery. Yellowstone National Park to watch grizzly bears. Locally, she is represented by The Red Piano Art Gallery.

Saturday May 12th, Mayfest Bluffton Village Festival
Another great time for SoBA Artists to Paint on SoBA’s Porch & Pop Up’s

Here comes the Mayfest coordinated by The Rotary Club of Bluffton! This year’s event will be the biggest ever and will feature more than 200 artists and food vendors. Mayfest, also known as The Bluffton Village Festival, is considered one of the best hometown festivals in the country… and admission is free. Get ready for an outstanding event featuring local and regional arts and crafts, great music and delectable local foods up and down the street, our hilarious Ugly Dog contest and the messy, funny, pie eating contest. And, it will be the second year for the donut eating contest for kids 12 and under!

Calling all SoBA Members
The Society of Bluffton Artists Annual Meeting

  • Election of 2018-19 Officers and Board of Directors
  • Celebration of Ideas and Creativity
  • CCA Building, 8 Church St
  • Saturday May 19th 10:00am
  • Morning Beverages & Light Pastries