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August Issue 2008

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Features Group Exhibit

The Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, will present the exhibit, Art of the Lowcountry, featuring works by 17 renowned artists portraying their impressions of the essence of the beauty that surrounds us. The exhibit will be on view from Aug. 11 through Sept. 6, 2008, at the Art League Gallery in Pineland Station.

"Art of the Lowcountry allows viewers to choose from 17 different interpretations of Lowcountry landscapes. These artists were selected, because they all specialize in painting Lowcountry scenes. This show is a "must see'' for lovers of Lowcountry art," says Terry Brennan. "Our beautiful surroundings turn on my creative juices. The marshes, beaches and boats, all plead to be painted and I try to follow that call," adds Evelyn Kowtko.

The artists  - Terry Brennan, Laura Cody, Richard Coyne, Cheryl Eppolito, Evelyn Kowtko, Judy McElynn, Don Nagel, Joyce Nagel, Nancy Nelson, John Norlander, Doris Shay, Linda Sheppard, Bobsy Simes, Barb Snow, Anita Stephens, Kathy Tortorella, and Emily Wilson  - will celebrate the enchanting qualities of our majestic live oaks, richly colored sunsets, and the ever changing marshes. Their versatility and skill will be shown in all mediums, oil, pastel, watercolor, and acrylic. Some of the artists prefer to paint on location - en plein air - others take a photograph and work on their composition in the studio. Some render their creativity in faithful detail; others focus on the basic forms, colors, and light.

The Lowcountry is something to see and experience with your own senses. In the words of our native son, novelist Pat Conroy, describes his growing up here, "I'd have to take you to the marsh on a spring day, flush the great heron from its silent occupation, scatter marsh hens as we sink to our knees in mud, open you an oyster with a pocket knife and feed it to you from the shell and say, 'there, that's the taste of my childhood' and I'd say 'breath deeply' and you'd breath and remember that smell for the rest of your life." (From The Prince of Tides.)

This exhibition embodies the culture and nature of our Lowcountry; it is a delightful union of our local artistic talent and how our senses perceive the unique views, sounds, smells, and tastes. Come and you might fall in love with a gem of Lowcountry art you can take home with you, and enjoy for the rest of your life!

The Art League of Hilton Head is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the visual arts through education, exhibitions and partnerships for the cultural enrichment of the community and its visitors. It operates a Gallery staffed by volunteers for the display and sale of artwork by its members.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/681-5060 or visit (www.artleaguehhi.org).

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