"Friends of Bluffton Artists"

4th Annual Invitational Showcase of Local Art 

The Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival officially kicks off with the 4th Annual Invitational Showcase of Local Art on Sunday, October 11th 2015. The showcase of local, low country artists on opening day will run from 11 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in Old Town followed by the Blessing of the Fleet at The Church of the Cross.  

Bluffton’s celebrated arts community has come together with an idea that the popular Arts and Seafood Festival should not only end with an Arts finale (Streetfest), but start with one as well. This unique showcase is a celebration of handmade, original local art by the artists who have contributed to making Bluffton an art, shopping and dining destination.  


On the street exhibits:
Four Corners Invited Artists for October 11th, 2015
In addition to Doug Corkern, Peggy Ellis, Martha Worthy and Jim Lewis

Marge Agin with her book             Mattie Stokes                    Cameron Ward
"What It's like to be Here"

Gavin Wright                              Gavin Wright                       Pierce Giltner

Nancy Waterhouse

Gallery exhibits:

La Petite Gallery will have JoAnn Graham, from Dataw Island on the front deck demonstrating her forged silver jewelry work. JoAnn's work is inspired by our coastal environment and her extensive background in dance creat ing nature's flow and movement in her sinuous silver earrings, pins , cuff bracelets and necklaces. Come and watch JoAnn work and talk about how she creates her one of a kind designs. 

Also featured in the outdoor garden gallery will be the work of Dorothy Steelman , a well known painter from Hilton Head Island. Dorothy worked as a textile designer in the past and her love of bright color and beautiful pattern comes thru in her abstracted watermedia paintings. Dorothy will be on hand in the garden to greet people and talk about her work . She will also have small matted originals for sale as well as larger framed works. Refreshments will be offered during the day and several of the gallery partner artists will be on hand as well.

The Complete Home will be featuring photographer Sandra Breeding. Sandra is a nature photographer. Her images include landscapes, macros, abstracts, wildlife, and people. Image sizes range from table top art to murals and wallpaper. The substrates for her prints include: fine art paper, canvas, metal, acrylic and wood. Gallery wrapped canvas prints are ready to hang but can also be easily and quickly framed with free floating frames. 
Sandra believes that beauty promotes healing by offering encouragement and hope. Her pictures provide a warm, calming environment. She invites each viewer to appreciate and enjoy the stunning creations that surround each of us with her fine art photography. Her pictures bring the outdoors indoors. So please stop by and share your thoughts with her.

The Store will have Catherine Guscio sharing the porch with Toni Chirico. Catherine will offer her one of a kind jewelry pieces and Toni will showcase her stained glass work.

Empty Bowls is a true celebration of Art & Cuisine! Join at Jacob Preston Studio, 10 Church Street, and help feed the hungry through our donation to local food charities.  Buy a handmade bowl by local potters and choose from a variety of soups to fill it.  Enjoy the soup while visiting with the potters:  Jacob Preston, Tim Holsinger, Brynne Bowler, Taylor Cook, Manuel Lopez, James O’Connell, Travis White, Alex Waddell, Scott Kinsey.

Al Harry Furniture will be featuring artist Andrea Pejeau and some of her students from Bluffton High School