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It’s Hip to be Square

Heidi Chavelas

Bluffton and May River high school students exhibit artwork at The Society of Bluffton Artists gallery

Dennis Vernon’s Photo 2 Students with their photo emulsion transfers framed up for the show

Artwork from more than 50 Bluffton and Mary River high school students will be on display from January 6-February 1 at The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) gallery in Old Town Bluffton. An opening reception is slated from 5-7 p.m. January 10 at the gallery. These events are free and open to the public.

Scarlett Ery, from left, and Kathryn Maloney are Painting 1 students from May River High School participating in the January featured artist exhibit at The Society of Bluffton Artists gallery.

“It’s Hip to be Square” is an exhibit that challenged students and SoBA members to create art using a square format. Students from Bluffton High School’s National Art Honor Society and Painting classes explored a variety of subjects working in acrylic on gallery wrap canvas. Photography 2 students used photo emulsion lift techniques to display Lowcountry images. May River High School Art 1 students experimented with montage and mixed media to create lively, textured surfaces on canvas.

The students’ artwork will hang along with SoBA members’ art during the January show. The student pieces are available for purchase for $75 per piece.  Proceeds from the students’ art will fund SoBA’s Naomi McCracken Scholarship, which benefits students who plan to pursue an art-related degree.

Rosy Amazon’s 12×12 oil painting on gallery wrap canvas, “Day’s End”

“We are excited about this opportunity to feature so much young talent alongside established artist members,” said Andrea Pejeau, an event organizer and Bluffton High School art teacher.

The success of last year’s high school art exhibit — which featured three Bluffton High School students from the Advanced Placement art program — inspired this year’s AP art students to use the 12×12 format as part of their 15-piece portfolio. 

“I’m looking forward to competing alongside other local art students for this year’s SoBA Naomi McCracken Scholarship,” said Jake Kuzia, a Bluffton High School AP art student who plans to major in graphic design at Winthrop University.