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May Issue 2010

Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, Features Works by Norma Deal

The Society of Bluffton Artists in Bluffton, SC, will present the exhibit, Faces, Places and More, featuring works by Norma Deal, on view from May 10 through June 19, 2010.

A self-taught artist who has a good eye for color and composition, Deal specializes in oil and acrylic and mixed media painting on canvas and various types of panels and boards. The signature piece in her show, Moody Crab, represents her interpretation of this unique and intriguing Lowcountry creature. Being of the sign of cancer herself, the crab has a significant meaning, which draws her to the crab.

Many of the paintings in this exhibit have a shiny gold appearance which is created by starting the work using gold leaf. This touch adds interest - the gold showing through rich colors. In additional to her love of the nature of the Lowcountry, Deal is intrigued with painting beautiful, unusual and unique women. This influence adds variety to her exhibit. Being from NC she is still drawn to paint the beautiful mountains and lakes. As a result, her subjects vary from the coast to the mountains.
Deal was born and raised in Hickory, NC. After graduation and marriage, relocated to East Tennessee where she attended art classes at East Tennessee State University. Moving first to Fripp Island, and then relocating to Hilton Head Island in 1992, Deal became interested in painting the beautiful Lowcountry scenes. She developed a deep interest in the unique Gullah tradition, and was inspired to paint a series of folk art works. Roy Schallenberg, an International artist published in PGM Art World provided Deal with an apprenticeship which she believes influenced her current painting style.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/757-6586 or visit (www.sobagalleries.com).

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