THE COASTAL DISCOVERY MUSEUM’S TEMPORARY EXHIBITS AMONG FAVORITE HILTON HEAD ACTIVITIES
During the year, the Coastal Discovery Museum hosts between 6 and 8 temporary exhibits in the Discovery House’s Temporary Exhibit Gallery. The exhibits vary in theme and subject matter related to Lowcountry history, natural history and art. Visiting the Coastal Discovery Museum’s exhibitions will introduce you to the many facets of Hilton Head Island.
Depending upon the exhibition, there are often demonstrations, talks and workshops offered during the year. Some artists will paint in the gallery or ‘plein air’ on site during their show while others will present workshops about how to take nature photographs. For our younger visitors, several of the exhibitions feature ‘scavenger hunts’ or other activities.
Many exhibitions have ‘artist coffees,’ demonstrations or classes offered during their installation. Here you can meet the many of the exhibiting artists at gallery walks and coffees. It is a great opportunity to get to know the artists, their methods and vision for their works.
Please contact the Museum or check the event calendar for more information.
The American Gullah Collection
Original artwork by Sonja Griffin Evans
May 4th – June 28th (Closing Reception, June 22nd – 5 – 7 PM)
‘The American Gullah Collection’ depicts the unsung pioneers of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and of America. The story behind this culture’s creation is compelling. The Gullahs are descendants of West Africans who were forced to the colony through the trans-Atlantic slave trade. They were brought to South Carolina because of their knowledge about the process of cultivating rice. However, they also possessed other intellectual prowess. West African people brought their culture, art food and music, with many valuable assets that have influenced American culture.
The American Gullah Collection effectively communicates the Gullah culture and Lowcountry living with its viewers. Each piece lures viewers into the paintings and leaves them with a desire to learn more about this captivating Pan African American cultural treasure. Sonja Griffin Evans’ American Gullah Collection reflects compassion and redeeming love. It gives a visual example of one’s humanity. It immortalizes the divinity, an expression of the soul. It brings to life, through art, the Gullah story; while instilling in the viewer’s heart a yearning to visit the amazingly beautiful, historical and spiritual destinations which encompasses the Gullah culture.
Summer Images – Presented by Les Bonnes Artistes
July 1 – August 28 (Reception July 12th – 5 – 7 PM)
“Les Bonnes Artistes”, or The Good Artists, was founded in 2007 by Doris Shay. The name is something that all artists aspire to, to become a really good artist. Her idea was to get a group of women artists together once a month to discuss art, share ideas and techniques, support each other, and improve our art. Soon after, the idea for a group show of their works was discussed and they have been showing at various venues on Hilton Head for the last ten years.
The members of this group of ten has changed little, however a new artist is added whenever needed. This year Barbara Grubba has joined the group and will display her oil paintings that range from the abstract to the realistic. Her work is full of color and surprise, representing her years of travel and study. She is currently also a member of La Petite Gallerie in Bluffton.
In this show, the group wanted it to be a celebration of images, inspired by the summer. Local scenes, flights of fancy, and colorful images celebrate the diversions of summer. “We always want color to be one of the basic expressions of our art” says Joanna Chalson. Other artists in this group show not mentioned, are Annie Coughlin, Jo Dye, Evie Kowtko, Joyce Nagel, Barbara Spencer, Dorothy Steelman, and Emily Wilson.
Escape Artists – Presented by The Art Beyond Tradition Group
September 2 – October 29 (Reception September 14th – 5 – 7 PM)
The Art Beyond Tradition group presents Escape Artists, an extraordinary collection of abstract art by regional artists Earline Allen, Cindy Chiappetta, Margaret Crawford, Jo Dye, Vickie Jourdan, Mark Larkin, Mary Lester, Sharon Collings Licata, Lynne Riding, Mary Sullivan, Donna Varner and Arla Crumlick Wible.
Meet the artists between 12 and 2 most Thursdays during the exhibition.