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.
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.
Pirates, Privateers, and Buccaneers
November 2017 – February 2018
Pirates, Privateers and Buccaneers the South Carolina State Museum’s traveling exhibit will make patrons avast (that’s stop in pirate lingo) and gasp as the world of pirates comes alive in, opening in early November.
The story of Blackbeard, who blockaded Charleston Harbor in 1718 prior to his death in North Carolina can be found in this traveling exhibit, along with the stories of many other pirates.
The exhibit will thrill those who have always been fascinated by these desperadoes of the seas and dispel a number of popular myths about pirates, such as that they made their victims walk the plank, and used phrases such as ‘arrr,’ and ‘matey,’ which are fictions of Hollywood. Find out more about the problem of modern piracy dispelling another popular myth that pirates disappeared a long time ago.
This exhibit was developed by the South Carolina State Museum with research, collaboration, and assistance from the North Carolina Museum of History, the Queen Anne’s Revenge Project of the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology, and the North Carolina Maritime Museum. Pirates, Privateers, and Buccaneers of the Carolinas is a part of the South Carolina State Museum’s Traveling Exhibitions Program.