Posted by: Sunset Rentals | April 25, 2014

Get Artistic at Hilton Head Island Art Events This May

Hilton Head art

Janis Wilson Hughes

The month of May plays host to several island events for the artistically inclined. Hilton Head Island is home to numerous art galleries and there’s certainly plenty to of breathtaking scenery around to inspire many an artist!

First up on May 8 is a new exhibition opening at the Art League of Hilton Head’s Walter Greer Gallery. “Cycles of Vitality: Ceramic  Sculpture by Janis Wilson Hughes” will feature Hughes’ works, which are inspired by various cycles in nature. These include seasons of planting and harvesting, the migration of birds, the ebb and flow of the tide, changing phases of the moon, and the transition from infancy to old age.

Hughes uses many nature-inspired forms, such as botanical pods, shells and soaring or sedentary birds that are sculpted from stoneware clay. The scale of work ranges from very small shell sculptures to floor standing totems that reach several feet in height.

“Although I study nature for inspiration, my forms are fanciful archetypes and not literal interpretations,” says Hughes. “They are meant to suggest questions, entertain and renew connections through familiarity. When people contemplate my work, I hope it rekindles the awareness, which has gone dormant in so many of us that we are very much part of nature and not apart from nature.”

During Memorial Day weekend, the island will host the popular annual Hilton Head Art Festival May 24-25 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Shelter Cove Harbour. At the free juried art exhibit, you can browse outdoor booths full of artwork from some 150 fine artists and crafters. It’s the perfect spot to pick up unusual gift items and unique souvenirs of your time on Hilton Head.

This year, there will also be a giveaway of a 20”x60” photographic print of a Hilton Head beach scene. Other fun additions include Positive Vibrations, a steel drum band who will be performing both days from 1-4 p.m. and the Rock & Roll Potter, who works on the pottery wheel while popular rock and roll tunes play.

Have a wonderful May on Hilton Head Island!

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