About SOBA

soba gallery openingSOBA is a non-profit organization established to promote a stimulating community environment for the visual arts and assist area students and artists in enhancing their artistic abilities. The Society of Bluffton Artists is operated by artist members. Art classes are available at the Society’s Center for Creative Arts, as are demonstrations throughout the year by prominent artists.

The Society of Bluffton Artists was founded in the Spring of 1994 by seven artists. The original members, all from Bluffton, were:

  • Peggy Duncan
  • Betty Hintz
  • Bill Mattox
  • Naomi McCracken
  • Jon Nelson
  • Lynda Potter
  • Dorothy Smith

The Society of Bluffton Artists is operated by artist members. The society is open
to all adults and welcomes new members.

The SOBA Mission

We are artists from all walks of life.
We pride ourselves on our diversity.
We display works of all artistic levels.
We offer affordable original art and photography.
We hang a completely new show every month.
We offer classes for beginners as well as experts.
We give scholarships to local high school art students.
We give free art classes to 4th and 5th students in all
Bluffton public schools.
We are the only non-profit gallery in Bluffton.
We do a lot with very little.
We are members of the ART DISTRICT of Bluffton.
We are members of the BLUFFTON MERCHANTS
We are an all-volunteer organization.

Donate or join through a membership today and engage with the arts community in Bluffton and throughout the Lowcountry!