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.

Click here to learn more about exhibiting at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Applications are accepted from individuals, groups, associations, not-for-profit organizations, galleries, or museums.



Contrasts and Colour

A Collection of Works from Les Bonnes Artistes
December 9th – February 21st (Opening Reception – January 15th, 2020)

Delicate watercolors, dynamic collages, luscious oil paintings and innovative printmaking are among the mediums you will see at this year’s exhibit from Les Bonnes Artistes. According to Joyce Nagel, “The title, Contrasts & Colour, brings to you their interpretations and inspirations of these exciting visual candies of their art visions.”

Les Bonnes Artistes is an informal artist group founded by Doris Shay in 2007. The artists meet monthly to share ideas on various aspects of seeing, doing, and exhibiting art. The group has shown its work at various Hilton Head Island venues over for over a decade.

This year’s group includes Joanna Chalson, Annie Coughlin, Jo Dye, Joyce Nagel, Nancy Ridgway, Doris Shay, Barbara Spencer, Dorothy Steelman, Donna Varner, Irene Williamson, and Emily Wilson. Though the membership of the group may have changed over the years, the goal has remained the same: to encourage the production of fine art in each artist’s medium.

All are welcome to attend the artists’ reception in the gallery on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Come see the art and meet the artists at this fine exhibit.



Art Beyond Tradition

March 1st – April 30th