Posted by: Sunset Rentals | July 8, 2014

Hilton Head Art Exhibit Showcases Inspiration of Art Teachers

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Joanna Chalson

Hilton Head Island is surprisingly a great art destination with plentiful art galleries and exhibits. Coming August 5-27, the Walter Greer Gallery at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, located at 14 Shelter Cove Lane, will take a look at what inspires teachers of art.

“The Art of Teaching” exhibit will showcase the work of 10 artist instructors of the Art League of Hilton Head’s popular Academy. The exhibit will highlight the different methods and inspiration of each and offer several demonstrations.

Artists include:

Joanna Chalson, printmaker, painter, artist, loves to teach and enjoys seeing students respond with creative answers and they in turn present her with new ideas and inspire her with a new perspective on art. 

Cindy Fear, a graphic designer, painter, face-painter, artist and aspiring photographer earned a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design cum laude and is the owner of the graphic design firm, Southern Bella Designs.

Ted Jordan received his BFA from Miami University, an MA and an MFA from The University of Iowa, and lived in New York City’s SOHO District, then went on to become an artist/designer/art director for Hallmark Cards for many years.

Mary Kelly, MFA, paints, and teaches on Hilton Head and in Bluffton. She also lectures at the Osher Life Long Learning Center, at Fiber Guilds across the state, and writes books on symbolic textiles from around the world.

Dennis Lake, with a BFA in Advertising Design and MaEd in Art History, had his budding illustrating work interrupted by a 20-yr Air Force career before he returned to his love of painting in oil, acrylic and watercolor, while art free-lancing, and teaching. 

Joyce Nagel, master pastelist of the Pastel Society of America, loves to share her years of experience in a variety of art mediums with students at the Academy and area workshops and the visitors to the Maye River Gallery in Bluffton.

Don Nagel had a 27-year career as an art director/supervisor in major Detroit advertising agencies before moving to Hilton Head, where he was a freelance graphic designer until retiring in 1999 to become a full time painter and teacher.

Michael B. Pearson has a degree in Advertising and Design where she worked for many years from Europe to Hawaii but has been a full-time painter of watercolor, acrylic, and pen and ink, a gallery owner, mural artist and instructor for the past 35 plus years.

Lynda K. Potter, a professional working artist for over 35 years, has taught at both Community College and various art institutes around the country; her passion is creativity-thinking and expanding experimentations in art endeavors whenever she conducts her numerous watercolor and acrylic workshops.

Alexandra Sharma, painter, print maker, sculptor and teacher, has a Fine Arts degree and has taught at college and university in Canada and the USA. She paints en plein air and seeks her subjects in hidden or forgotten places.

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