November 2017 Eclectic

It’s November at SoBA!

A sense of celebration is in the air so let’s be thankful, be kind, be gracious, and let’s greet each other with a smile. Enjoy the change of season, the different colors, as the days become shorter and maybe cooler. Enjoy making your art and sharing it. Enjoy being challenged.

All the best to you,
Gayle Miller, SoBA President 

Featured Artist Calendar and
Gallery Events for 2017

Change of Show
Monday November 6th 9-11 am

November 12 x 12 Show
November 6th
Only 12 x 12” size wall art is shown in November
With the exception of the Featured Artist’s Art


Elizabeth Slater
November 13th – December 10th
Reception 3-5 pm Sunday, November 19th

Larry Hughes 
December 11th – December 31st
Reception 5-7 pm Friday, December 15th


Elizabeth Slater is the November Featured Artist 

Elizabeth Slater is the November featured artist at the Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) gallery. “Lowcountry Elements: A Natural Study” will be an exhibit of pencil, watercolor and acrylic adaptations of the coastal elements beloved to the Lowcountry. The show is scheduled from November 13th – December 10th. An opening reception is slated for 3 – 5 p.m. Sunday, November 19th at the gallery in Old Town Bluffton.

Slater has always called the South Georgia coast her home. Native to Savannah, her fondest memories include beach days on Tybee Island, crabbing from the family dock on the Grove River, enjoying oyster roasts with  family and friends and meandering Calhoun Street in Bluffton with her dad on Saturdays.

Slater’s artistic venture, Meyer Slater, is in part named after her maternal grandmother, Rebecca Felton Meyer, who taught Slater the love of the coast.

“It is my goal to bring a piece of coastal nature inside everyone’s home through works of art — in homage to my grandmother and all that she was to so many,” Slater said.

After School Kids Program 2018

In keeping with its community outreach commitment and in an effort to promote the visual arts to our young people, SoBA offers a 5 week art program for area children in grades 4 and 5 during the months of February and March, 2018.

These classes are free with all supplies provided by SoBA. Volunteer qualified instructors and aides share their time, skills, dedication to art and love of children to this effort. Projects are fun and creative. Students will take home a completed project at each session.

Classes are held at the Creative Arts Center, the building adjacent to the SoBA Gallery which is on the corner of Calhoun and Church Sts. in Old Town Bluffton.

Dates and topics for the classes are:  

  • Mon. and Tues. February 12 – 13, “Illuminated Letters”
  • Mon. and Tues. February 26 – 27, “Lilies”
  • Mon. and Tues. March 12 – 13, “Lighthouse”
  • Mon. and Tues. March 19 – 20, “Leaves”
  • Mon. and Tues. March 26 – 27, “Lions”

Instructions Times:   4:00 – 5:15pm

Register Here

Information on the 2018 SoBA Judged Show 

Attention All SoBA Members — SoBA is sharing with you the basic information for the 2018 SoBA Judged Show early to make sure you have plenty of time to create your masterpiece. More information will follow as this year progresses.

2018 SoBA Judged Show

Tuesday, March 6th to Sunday, April 1, 2018
Open to the first 100 registrations
Original Art Only 

Entries will be accepted beginning
January 22, 2018, online, delivered to SoBA or by post.
The entry is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers. 

Submission of Art:  Monday, March 5th from 9-11am. No art accepted after 11am.

Judging:  Monday March 5th

Show Judge:  National acclaimed artist Linda St. Clair will be the judge.

Opening Reception:  Wednesday, March 7th from 5-7pm with Linda St. Clair presenting the awards.

Cash Awards:  Best-in-Show and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place

There must be at least 6 pieces in a category to be eligible for awards in the following categories:  

  • Acrylic
  • Mixed Media
  • Oil
  • Photography
  • Watercolor
  • 3 D

Workshop:  Linda St. Clair will teach a class at SoBA’s Center for Creative Arts, March 6th, 7th & 8th – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9-4PM.