The Society of Bluffton Artists discounts membership fees


COVID-19 has prevented local artists from getting involved with SOBA

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA), a non-profit art organization in the heart of Old Town Bluffton’s art district, has long connected local artists — offering networking, exhibition opportunities and gallery displays to sell their work.

However, since COVID-19 became a reality, SOBA has experienced a lull in an otherwise thriving membership. As a response, organizers have drastically discounted the membership fees for the 2020/2021 membership year. In particular, SOBA reduced the exhibiting membership fee to $125. For exhibiting members who opt out of gallery sitting, the membership fee is $150. 

“Members are the lifeblood of SoBA,” said Mary Ann Burgeson, SOBA president. “We depend on membership dues to keep our gallery and the Center for Creative Arts running smoothly.”

In addition to being the local art district’s hub of networking artists, SOBA runs educational programs for local children and teenagers throughout the year. The organization also funds the Naomi McCracken Scholarship, which benefits students who plan to pursue an art-related degree.

Membership is open in all visual art categories: painting, collage, photography, printmaking, jewelry design,  sculpture and more. Membership opens up opportunities for local artists to hone their skills with discounted rates on SOBA’s workshops, opportunities to display their work and receive professional marketing and advertising for their exhibitions, and access to SOBA’s e-newsletter and events.

For more information about SoBA membership, visit https://sobagallery.com/memberships/ or contact Kim France, SoBA’s chair of the membership committee, at [email protected]