March Eclectic


March News from the Society of Bluffton Artists

As the beauty of spring shows its fabulous colors and the feeling of a new beginning I wish you many wonderful days of sunshine, warmth and friendship. This month at SoBA is the 24th Annual Judged Show. One hundred artists are submitting art to be judged, viewed and hopefully purchased by those who enjoy our art. It’s been a challenge to put together such a fine show but with the guidance of Michele Maffei and the committee she assembled I’m confident we’ll all be very proud. Good luck every one of you that is participating.

Gayle Miller
SoBA President

Society of Bluffton Artists’ 24th Annual Judged Show

Exhibit runs from March 6-April 1
Opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7

Local artists have responded in droves to the Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SoBA) call for entries for the 24th Annual Judged Show. The exhibit runs from March 6-April 1 with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7.

Artists who have registered should deliver their artwork from 9-11 a.m. Monday, March 5 at the Center for Creative Arts, next door to the SoBA gallery on Church Street. No entries are accepted after 11 a.m.

The Judged Show will include first, second and third place cash awards in acrylic, mixed media, oil, photography, watercolor and 3D. Rules for entry and other information can be found on the SoBA website.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Nationally Acclaimed Artist Comes to SoBA

Nationally acclaimed artist Linda St. Clair will judge the artwork. St. Clair’s paintings are exhibited and collected throughout the nation and worldwide. She is a two-time recipient of the Grumbacher Gold Medal and member of the Society of Animal Artists in New York. Her work is featured in galleries in Sedona, Arizona; St. Helena, California; Beaver Creek, Colorado; Ketchum, Idaho; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; Washington DC; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and her home city of Santa Fe. She has exhibited nationally at The Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, Wyoming, The Audubon Artists Annual Exhibition in New York, and The Salmagundi Club in New York. She is represented in galleries throughout the United States.

St. Clair will hold a three-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 6-8 at the Center for Creative Arts. St. Clair will give a 90-minute demonstration before students begin painting. Artists from all levels of experience are invited to participate. The cost is $425 for members and $450 for non-members.


Register for Linda St. Clair’s Class

Bluffton Old Town Paint Out

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21, 2018
Rain date April 22

Artists and visitors gather at the event tent on corner of Calhoun and Lawrence at 4 p.m. for viewing and awards.

The cost is $20 in advance or $25 walk up.

Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.




Spread the News About Upcoming Kids’ Programs at SoBA


5th Annual Children’s K-5 Art Expo Under Way

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) will exhibit artwork of children in Kindergarten through fifth grade from Bluffton area elementary schools for the 5th Annual Children’s K-5 Art Expo. The exhibit will take place from from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17 and from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at SoBA’s Center for Creative Arts building adjacent to the gallery.

An opening reception for the public will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at the Center for Creative Arts, 8 Church St.

“SoBA is committed to encouraging and promoting young people’s creative art,” said Mary Ann Putzier, an event organizer. “The past shows have been wonderful, well received by the children’s families and the general public.”

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SoBA Kids Summer Art Camp: Passport to Other Cultures

This year Art Camp 2018 will travel to foreign lands where kids will explore far away places and create a project from that culture. All sessions run from 9 – 11 a.m. each day. This camp is for children ages 8-13. The cost is $100 per session. Parents and guardians are asked to fill out a registration form and to pay online.

Register for Summer Class


Center for Creative Arts

Classes will be held in the SOBA Center for Creative Arts next door to the SOBA Gallery at 8 Church Street, Bluffton unless noted otherwise. Schedule is subject to change. Please make reservations in advance for all workshops. Art teachers’ compensation for their time and expertise depends on a minimum number of students per class. Registration commits you, the teacher, and SOBA. To enroll please chose your class(es) here on our web site and register with a credit card or paypal, or pick up a form at the gallery which you may fill out, enclose a check or money order or credit card information, and mail in to SOBA Classes, PO Box 1972, Bluffton, SC 29910. Please note that there are no refunds


  • Linda St. Clair — Three Day Workshop: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 6-8
  • Dennis Lake — Open Classes: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 13, 20 & 27
  • Jo Ann Graham — Fine Art Jewelry Introduction to the Jewelry Saw: 1-3 p.m. March 13th
  • Missy Gentile — Abstract Art: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 10, 24 and 31


  • Michael Story — Limiting Your Palette to Create Mood & Drama: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1-3

Questions: [email protected]

Register for Classes

Featured Artist Schedule 2018

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 thru Sunday May 6th
Reception: Sunday April 8th 3-5 pm

May: Bill Bogle

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

June: Pam Davis

Dates of show: June 4th thru July 1st
Reception Sunday June 10th 3-5pm

July: Gerry Diaz

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

July Gallery Show: Side by Side

August: Linda Clapp

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

September: Joan Moreau McKeever

Dates of Show: September 3rd thru September 30th
Reception: Sunday September 9th 3-5 pm

October: Lori Wilson

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

November: Lin Hilts

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

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

December: Marianne Stillwagon

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

Holiday Boutique

Questions: Gayle Miller, [email protected]


2018 SoBA Change of Show Dates

CCA for Art Entry 9-11:00 am

March 5th Judged Show – Only Registered Artists
April 2nd
May 7th
June 4th
July 2nd
August 6th
September 4th (Tuesday)
October 1st
November 5th
December 3rd

Society of Bluffton Artists 2017-2018 Officers, Board of Directors & Managers

SoBA Staffing Members

  • Staffing Issues: Lin Hilts, 843.705.5698
  • Gallery Issues: Bill Bogle, [email protected], 843-368-5676
  • Credit Card Issues: Janie Parker, 843.304.3898