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The Society of Bluffton Artists

About The Society of Bluffton Artists

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA) is a non-profit 501c-3 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 solely by artist member volunteers. Art classes and workshops are available at the Society’s Center for Creative Arts, as are demonstrations throughout the year by prominent artists. The SOBA Gallery, located at the corner of Calhoun and Church streets in Old Town Bluffton, features regularly changing exhibits by artist members, an annual Judged Show that is open to all local artists, outreach programs for children and more.

History of SOBA’s Organization

SOBA was founded in the Spring of 1994 by seven local artists. The original members were all from Bluffton when the town was just a sleepy little art and fishing village:

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

The idea of a society where all levels of art skills are welcome has flourished over the years to now have well over 100 members.  Society membership is open to all adults and welcomes new members.  Whatever your level of expertise, you will find a home here.

The SOBA Mission

Our mission is to promote a public interest in, and an appreciation of, visual arts in the community as well as to assist artists at all levels of development to enhance their artistic abilities in the visual arts.

Donate or become a SOBA member and engage with the arts community in Bluffton and throughout the Lowcountry!

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