January Eclectic

Happy, Happy New Year from SoBA! 

Begin the adventure into this New Year, it’s 2018. With a sense of exhilaration, enthusiasm, wonder and excitement, grab your brushes and paints. Paint, draw and be creative like we’ve never been before. Because it’s a whole New Year. There are great possibilities.

 To all of my fellow SoBA members I challenge you to have your best creative year. Find you niche, paint what you enjoy and price it to sell and enjoy the benefits of your creativity. Your biggest competition is yourself. Set goals, write them down and hold yourself accountable. You’ll be pleased with what you can achieve artistically and monetarily. 

Wishing you all the best in this New Year,
Gayle Miller,President, Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA)

Featured Artist Calendar 2018

Penny Beesley 
January 2 – February 4, 2018
Reception 3-5 pm Sunday, January 7, 2018

Penny Beesley is the January Featured Artist 

Penny Beesley is the January featured artist at the Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) gallery. “Following Intuition:  Expressive Abstracts” will be an exhibit of Acrylic, Charcoal, and Pastel. The show is scheduled from January 2-February 4, 2018. An opening reception is slated for 3-5 p.m. Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the gallery in Old Town Bluffton.

Beesley was raised in an art loving family and her weekends were often spent at her father’s elbow in his studio. Art was a focal point during high school followed by Eastern Michigan University, attaining a BFA in ceramics and painting. Inspiration and motivation continue to come from nature’s surrounding stimulus of color, form and light, a background presence of music, man-made or natural, and the emotions brought on by them.

“My initial approach is spontaneous and intuitive. I begin by gathering a selection of paint colors and papers often inspired by the environment I live in,” said Beesley. Color, shapes, negative space definition and the motion of abstract expressionism come from an inner spot that flows and speaks for her. Beesley also finds a mix of media opens more opportunities for chance chemistry. The argument inside the skin has always been to be abstract and spontaneous, to follow the push-pull. Collage media and mono print papers bring chance juxtaposition and build up texture. Color and motion are essential elements. The exploration of techniques is a continuing learning experience.

Featured Artist Calendar and Gallery for 2018

January:  Penny Beesley
Dates of Show:  Tuesday, January 2nd thru February 4th
Reception:  Sunday, January 7th from 3-5pm

February:  Joan Wykis
Dates of Show:  Monday, February 5th thru Saturday, March 3rd
Reception:  Sunday, February 11th 3-5pm

March:  Judged Show
Check-in Monday March 5th
Dates of Show:  March 6th thru April 1st
Reception & Award Ceremony:  Wednesday March 7th from 5-7pm 

April:  Chappy Bailey
Dates of Show:  Monday, April 2nd through Sunday, May 6th
Reception:  Sunday, April 8th 3-5pm

May:  Bill Bogle 
Dates of Show:  Monday, May 7th thru Sunday, June 3rd
Reception:  Sunday, May 13th 3-5pm

June:  Pam Davis
Dates of Show:  Monday, June 4th thru Sunday, July 1st 
Reception:  Sunday, June 10th  3-5pm

July:  Gerry Diaz
Dates of Show:  Monday, July 2nd thru Sunday, August 5th 
Reception:  Sunday, July 8th 3-5pm

July Gallery Show:  Side by Side

August:  Linda Clapp
Dates of Show:  Monday, August 6th thru September 2nd 
Reception:  Sunday, August 12th 3-5pm

September:  Joan Moreau McKeever
Dates of Show:  Monday, September 3rd thru September 30th 
Reception:  Sunday, September 9th 3-5pm

October:  Lori Wilson
Dates of Show:  Monday, October 1st thru November 4th 
Reception:  Sunday, October 7th 3-5pm

November:  Lin Hilts
Dates of Show:  Monday, November 5th thru December 2nd
Reception:  Sunday, November 11th 3-5pm

November Gallery Show:  It’s Hip to Be Square Show

December:  Marianne Stillwagon
Dates of Show:  Monday, December 3rd thru January 6th
Reception:  Sunday, December 9th 3-5pm

Holiday Boutique First of November thru December 

Gayle Miller, [email protected]

2018 SoBA Change of Show Dates
CCA for Art Entry 9-11:00am