Congratulations Are In Order

The Society of Bluffton Artists was voted “The Most Eclectic Art Gallery” in Bluffton Today’s Best of Bluffton contest. Congratulations! We, the artists of the Society of Bluffton Artists, achieved this together.

— Gayle Miller, SoBA President


This Week at SoBA Gallery

Blink and you will miss these amazing events at SoBA

Monday June 5th: Change of Show 9-11 AM
All Photographers and Painters participating in the Side by Side Show should bring their art to the CCA. The Display Committee will hang the show.

Tuesday June 6th through Friday June 9th
SoBA is open for business from 10AM till 5:00PM

Friday June 9th
Last year, SoBA donated money toward the Bluffton Police Department’s K9 Unit. As a thank-you, Lt. Joe Babkiewicz will bring the K9 unit to the gallery for a a retrieval and bite demonstration at 4 p.m. Friday, June 9th at the SoBA gallery, 6 Church Street in Old Town Bluffton.

Friday June 9th:
Side by Side Show Reception 5-7PM

Saturday June 10th:
SoBA Annual Membership Meeting 10AM CCA
Meeting the Officers and Directors of SoBA for the upcoming year, more importantly connect with the other members of SoBA.

Share in all that is happening at SoBA.

Side By Side
A Special Exhibit from June 5-July 1
Opening Reception is from 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 9

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) presents “Side By Side,” an art exhibit that explores photography and its mixed media interpretation June 5-July 1 at the SoBA gallery, located at 6 Church Street in Old Town Bluffton. An opening reception is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 9.

SoBA painters paired with SoBA photographers. The result is an eclectic display — from traditional acrylic, watercolor and oil paintings to quilling, an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. It’s an exciting collaboration of talent.

“The painter may choose to do the interpretation of the full photograph or a portion, the range of creativity is wide open,” said Gayle Miller, president of SoBA. “The combinations will surprise you, it’s a great experience for those of us who choose to participate in the SoBA Side by Side Show.”

Society of Bluffton Artists
Annual Membership Meeting

It is time, once again, for our Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held on Saturday, June 10th at 10:00 am. Each year we get together to review the past year, share a little food, connect with our friends and colleagues, elect the new board of directors and get a look at what the next year will bring. The nominating committee has presented the following list of nominees for your approval.

We are grateful that many of our board members have chosen to continue. They have done an extraordinary job for SoBA. There are, however, two new members that have been nominated.

President: Gayle Miller
Vice President: Nancy Vineburg
Treasurer: George Weber (NEW)
Recording Secretary: Mary Ann Putzier
Corresponding Secretary: Sandy Rhodes
Member at Large: Stephen Moscowitz
Member at Large: Marian Sanders
Member at Large: Larry Hughes (NEW)
Center Creative Arts/Education: Sandra Wenig
Display Manager: Jean McKenna
Staffing Manager: Lin Hilts
Membership Chair: Chapman Bailey
3D Representative: Bonnie Riley
Public Relations/Newsletter: Heather Bragg
Art Walks: Edith Wood, Mary Kay Long
Stephen Moscowitz: Nominating Committee Chair

10th Anniversary of the Naomi McCraken Scholarship

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) marked the 10th anniversary of the Naomi McCracken Scholarship by awarding scholarships to two Bluffton High School art students.

This year’s winners — Lindsay Hyer and Jacob Ryan — received a total of $3,000. Lindsay received a $2,000 scholarship and plans to attend Southern Virginia University and major in art. Jacob, who received $1,000, plans to attend the College of Charleston and major in graphic arts.

Naomi McCracken was one of the founding members of SoBA. When Naomi passed away in 2006
her family requested that in lieu of flowers donations should be made to SoBA. In the spring of 2007, her son, Emmitt McCracken, and Dave Dickson, then president of SoBA, established the scholarship program for a graduating senior who planned to further their studies in the field of art. With the help and collaboration of Andrea Pejeau, Department Chair Fine Arts at Bluffton High School, art students are selected to apply for the scholarship. The students must write a personal statement on why they feel they deserve the scholarship and then be interviewed by the SoBA scholarship committee.

Seeing the World Like a Painter

Gallery Stats
SoBA Monthly Statistics for April 2017

Gallery Visitors: 2,618

Gallery Register: 300 US, Canada, Germany, England, Nova Scotia, Sweden

Art Sales Revenue: $6,167

Class/Workshop Revenue: $5,750

Other Income: $1,291

Number of Pieces of Art on display: 97

Number of Pieces of Art Sold: 35

Number of Artists that Sold Art: 18

SoBA Membership: 209; Display, 140