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The Society of Bluffton Artists

Nationally Renowned Artist leads workshops

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Award-winning watercolorist David Rankin will lead an art demo and a three-day workshop in July at the SOBA gallery. Rankin is a nationally recognized artist who also served as the judge for SOBA’s 27th Annual Judged Show.

Rankin will show off the elegant magic of watercolor through an artful combination of soft and sharp visual effects in “Watercolor Dazzle,” an art demo that will be held at 2 p.m. July 3 at the Center for Creative Arts, located next door to the SOBA Gallery in Old Town Bluffton.

 Immediate and advanced painters also might like to take advantage of Rankin’s transparent watercolor workshop called “Painting Lowcountry” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 6-8 at the Center for Creative Arts. This 3-day transparent watercolor workshop aims to improve your brush strokes, washes and blends. Students will work from reference to sketch, to gray study and to completed watercolors — learning to direct the eye, simplify complicated images, create depth, and develop memorable paintings. Rankin’s bold and distinctive painting style as well as his amazing instructional procedures make his workshops both artistically rewarding and fun. The cost for the three-day workshop is $325 for SOBA members and $350 for non-members.

Rankin promotes conservation and appreciation of the natural world through his paintings and has worked with organizations such as the International Crane Foundation, the Wild Bird Society of Japan, the Corporate Conservation Council-Japan and the Smithsonian Institution. He is a Signature Member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, Artists for Conservation, and the Society of Animal Artists where he has served on the board since 1990. He is one of the true modern-day masters of transparent watercolors, exuding a dynamic passion for the medium in his lectures, demonstrations, and workshop instruction. His art reflects his profound passion for both watercolor and nature. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, Deanna.