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3rd Annual Side By Side Exhibit

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Photographers and Artists Pair Up for Special Art Show

Photograph by Bill Bogle Jr.
Painting by Nancy Vineburgh

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) presents “Side By Side,” an art exhibit that explores photography and its mixed media interpretation July 1-August 4 at the SoBA gallery, located at 6 Church Street in Old Town Bluffton. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Side by Side is the pairing of photographers with artists to show their renditions of the same scene. The artist completes their version of the photograph in whatever medium they use — including oil, acrylic, watercolor, fiber art, drawing, mixed media, and even stained glass. 

Photograph by Melinda Welker
Painting by Penny Healy

“Some of the interpretations are realistic, some are impressionistic, some are quite varied,” said Bill Bogle, SoBA president. “It can pick a part of the photograph, add or eliminate features, or change from color to black and white, or vice versa.”

This is the third year SoBA has held the Side by Side exhibition. There are 13 photographers and more than 40 artists involved.

This year, there will be a “People’s Choice” in which visitors will be available to vote for their throughout the month of July using paper ballot. One artist will receive the “People’s Choice” award.

“The end result is a wonderful comparison of artist’s work, in many media,” Bogle said.