The Society of Bluffton Artists

Missy Gentile Presents “Action Painting” Jan. 2-28

The SOBA Featured Artist Exhibit Will Run Jan. 2-28 with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 11

Missy Gentile typically begins her abstract painting classes with a quote from the artist Helen Frankenthaler: “One of the first rules is no rules.” She will apply this same philosophy with her upcoming featured artist exhibit in January at The Society of Bluffton Artists gallery in Old Town Bluffton.

The exhibit will run Jan. 2-28 with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 11 at The SOBA gallery on Church Street. These events are free and open to the public.

“Action Painting” will feature several pieces of her abstract works that convey strong emotional or expressive content, breaking away from traditional processes. Gentile draws inspiration from her life experiences and her core values of service and human connection.  

“My art reflects my vision of no boundaries,” Gentile said. “What the eye sees is what it is — How it moves you is most important.”

Much of her inspiration comes from her time living in Paris, France. She later settled in Houston, Texas for the next 20 years, dedicating her life to art and serving others. Missy created her first studio and art gallery. She volunteered in hospitals with cancer patients and for AIDS patients at the Omega House, where she facilitated connections and emotional care through sharing the creative art experience. Additionally, Missy taught in the school system. 

Missy’s paintings are in collections internationally. In 2002, Art Business News featured her works inspired after 9/11. Her paintings also have appeared on the cover of PINK Magazine with a piece called “Feeling Her Power.” Missy continues to exhibit her work locally and teaches Abstract Painting at The SOBA Art School, and private classes in her studio.