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The Society of Bluffton Artists

For SOBA Members

A Guide to Your Successful Membership

SOBA Member Artist Guidelines

SOBA Member Artist Guidelines

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Society of Bluffton Artist Bylaws

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Display Guidelines

Canvases with a depth under 1 1/2 inch  must be framed.

  • ­­­­Exhibiting artists who register as a Photographer may only display photography.
  • Exhibiting artists who register in other mediums may not display photography.
  • Artists who wish to display both art and photography must pay for 2 individual memberships and sit 1 time for each month for each medium.
  • Paintings must be completely dry, not wet or tacky either on the surface or edges of the piece.
  • Only 1 piece of art is accepted for each change of show unless otherwise changed by the board or for Covid 19 restrictions.
  • There must be 3 months between exhibiting the same piece of wall art or 3-D.

Wall Art

  • All wall art is to be wired properly. NO SAWTOOTH HANGERS.
  • Diptychs and Triptychs must be connected in order to be hung in the gallery and must not exceed the overall maximum gallery size.
  • If your piece sells, you may replace it with a new piece in the exact location as the sold piece. If it does not fit in that space, please contact Pat Diemand and she will re-hang your piece. 
  • ARTISTS ARE NOT TO REARRANGE, MOVE, OR ADD ADDITIONAL ART WORK IN THE GALLERY.
  • Art work must be original. No Gicleés or original paintings or drawings (reproductions are only accepted for Bin Art, unless for a photographic print).
  • Photos printed on metal do not have to be wired as long as, and if, it can be easily hung from our hanging system with the jagged edge holes on the back of the plate.
  • Maximum weight for all wall art is 12 lbs.- 

Frames

  • Frames that are too heavy will not be accepted.
  • If in doubt, save yourself an extra trip and bring a backup to change of show. Hanging Committee to decide.
  • Framed art that required a protective cover and is LARGER THAN 18” X 24” must be glazed with plexiglass, not glass. All plexiglass glazed items must have care instructions on the back of the work.
  • Bumpers may be included and placed on back corners.
  • Framing wire is required with the exception of metal backed artworks. The salability of all art will be enhanced if presented professionally.

Sizes

In order to hang on gallery walls the following size limits must be followed:

  • Maximum size is 36” x 40” (standard size canvas with a 1” frame is acceptable.)
  • Larger pieces that are not heavy will be accepted on a limited basis if you notify the Display Committee chair a week or more in advance of change of show. Acceptance depends on the overall number of pieces entered and the amount of wall space available on change of show day.
  • Bring in a backup piece if your large piece is not accepted. Minimum size is 8” x 8”.

Gallery Wrapped Art

  • Depth of all gallery wrapped canvases must be 1-1/2” deep.
  • The top, bottom and sides must be finished and painted to compliment the painting.
  • Gallery wrapped art must be wired. Bumpers may be included and placed on back corners.

Bin Art, 3-D, Jewelry, Glass, and Cards

  • A total of 3 pieces of bin art is permitted.
  • Maximum size for Bin Art  is 24″ x 30″, Minimum is 8″ x 8″.
  • Bin art changes 4 times a year and only on change of show day in JAN., APRIL, JULY, AND OCT.
  • Bin art may be prints, Gicleés, photographs or flat orginals. Bin art may be matted. Prints must have a clean foam core or mat board backing. Originals on Canvas board are accepted with a max weight of 10oz. All bin art must be protected in a clear plastic sleeve and marked with Artists’ name and price. No Metal prints. You may choose to include a business card, bio, rack card or certificate of authenticity inside the sleeve as well. 
  • 3-D and Jewelry artists are juried in.
  • 3-D artists are limited to 3 members and are permitted 3 pieces of art each month that must fit in the designated shelf area.
  • Stained glass is limited to 1 artist and must be juried in and 2 pieces of stained glass are permitted to hang in the front gallery windows only.
  • Cards – Ideal sizes; 4″ x 6″ or 5″ x 7″ with accompanying envelopes, must be protected in a clear plastic sleeve. Minimum price for cards is $15.00. Individual cards that cost less than $15.00 must be packaged in multiples to meet the minimum. Example: Pack of 2 or 3 or more can be listed for $15,00 or a higher price. Cards must be clearly marked with artist’s name and price. 

SOBA is not responsible for lost or damaged art work.

*** WORK LEFT AT S.O.B.A. FOR MORE THAN 30 DAYS BECOMES THE SOLE PROPERTY OF THE GALLERY.
IF AFTER MAKING CONTACT WITH THE OWNER THE ART WORK IS STILL NOT PICKED UP, IT WILL BE DISPOSED OF IN ANY MANNER DECIDED UPON BY S.O.B.A.

Registration Identifier Slips

Bin Art Labels

Bin Art List Form

Card List Form

Bin & Card Art Guidelines

Not AI Badge

Not AI Painted By A Human

Reassure viewers that your art is crafted and created by a human with no AI (artificial intelligence) involved in the process. This can be printed out or added to your website or social media platforms.

Each month, SOBA gallery changes over to display new artwork from member artists. The honor of being Featured Artist is awarded by the Board to members who have indicated they are interested in being chosen, who have been a member for at least a year, who have consistently exhibited excellent work in the gallery and who have participated in events and projects to support SOBA’s work.

Applications are accepted during the month of June each year for the following calendar year. When the process is opened, details will be published in the SOBA newsletter and email blasts to our exhibiting members.

Artist members should contact Ginny Cassidy with any questions. Ginny will be responsible for coordinating the exhibit logistics with the artist. The artist will be responsible for adhering to the timeline provided, and planning and paying for their reception. SOBA will supply three bottles of wine for the reception. SOBA pays for advertising, videos and press releases. We welcome your interest.

How Featured Artist Exhibits are Promoted

The Featured Artist exhibits are heavily promoted by a professional marketing agency — including:

The Society of Bluffton Artists provides 2 promotional posters and 50 printed postcards to every Featured Artist. Additional print material and the costs associated with an opening reception are the responsibility of the Featured Artist.

Upcoming Exhibits