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Lowcountry scenes will cover SOBA Gallery in May

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“Wildlife Art and More” showcases talent of Featured Artist Sandy Rhodes; Exhibition runs May 4-31

Admirers of Lowcountry wildlife and imagery will want to schedule time to step into the Society of Bluffton Artists Gallery during May. South Carolina native Sandy Rhodes has been selected as SoBA’s Featured Artist for May, and her show “Wildlife Art and More” captures those iconic scenes and brings them to life on canvas.

Rhodes’ artwork will be on display at the SoBA Gallery in Old Town Bluffton from May 4-31. An opening reception with the artist will be held there from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, May 8.

“Painting is not a job, but a form of relaxation and enjoying being with yourself,” says Sandy, who taught in public and private schools for many years after graduating from Winthrop.

The Lowcountry resident has experimented in most mediums, but in recent years has returned to her favorite oil paints. Her early artwork was extremely detailed and technical, but Sandy has come to enjoy Impressionism, which allows her to make powerful statements with texture and color.

As far as subject matter, just about anything goes — except portraits.

“I know my limit, and God did not give me that ability,” Sandy says.

With 12 hunting dogs, four horses and a veterinarian in the family, it’s no surprise that Sandy’s preferred subject matter is animals — especially dogs. The May River also is a great source of inspiration for her.

Sandy paints on canvas mostly, but not always. She loves to work on wall murals, large divider screens and more.

“I have painted on just about anything that will hold still long enough,” says Sandy, who also has painted on furniture, clothing, reclaimed wood, mailboxes and pottery.