The Society of Bluffton Artists

Pearl Gala Celebrates SOBA’s 30 Years

The Pearl Gala will take place 5-9 p.m. April 13th at the Berkeley Hall Club

The community is invited to attend The Society of Bluffton Artists’ Pearl Gala — celebrating 30 years of art in Bluffton — from 5-9 p.m. April 13 at the Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton. 

The evening will include cocktail hour on the patio overlooking the beautiful grounds and then dinner and drinks, entertainment by a jazz duo and a brief slideshow of SOBA’s 30-year history. Attendees are also invited to participate in the silent auction of Wearable Art hand painted and modeled by SOBA artists.

“This is not a fundraiser, it’s a celebration,” said Marie Burgeson, SOBA’s president. “We’re  offering something to the community for their enjoyment,  and at the same time helping them understand and appreciate what our organization offers.”

SOBA was established to promote a stimulating community environment for the visual arts and to assist area students and artists in enhancing their artistic abilities. SOBA was founded in the spring of 1994 by seven local artists, who had the idea of creating an organization where all levels of art skills are welcome, and to provide a place where their art can be beautifully exhibited for purchase.

Thirty years later, the non-profit 501c-3 organization has flourished with almost 200 members, who enjoy art classes, workshops, and demonstrations throughout the year by prominent artists. The SOBA gallery gives a home for experienced artists to exhibit their work, as well as for young artists who get to experience what it’s like to exhibit in a professional gallery and the thrill of selling their art. Over the years, SOBA has provided art programs at the Boys & Girls Club, sponsored trips to art museums throughout the state, funded scholarships to local college students pursuing art degrees and more.