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Media Release

Town of Hilton Head Island’s Office of Cultural Affairs Announces the Inaugural Opening of its Municipal Gallery

Release Date: August 8, 2018

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618

The Artist’s Gallery at Town Hall, an initiative of the Town of Hilton Head Island’s Office of Cultural Affairs, will open with a public reception at 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 2, at One Town Center Court.

Presented in partnership with the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head, the gallery initiative celebrates contributions from Hilton Head Island’s arts community to the Town. The gallery's inaugural opening coincides with the launch of "Crescendo," a month-long celebration of the arts, culture and history on Hilton Head Island in October.

The works of 22 local artists have been selected for display in the exhibit at Town Hall. A blind jury of arts professionals and Town employees chose featured artists based on the quality of their work and their demonstrated artistic voice. The selected works include many different mediums including oil and acrylic paintings, sculpture, fabric arts, photography and more. The artists range in age and experience from a high school student at Hilton Head Preparatory School to seasoned professionals.

 "The Artist's Gallery is a public forum to celebrate and honor the working community of artists on Hilton Head Island and the great contribution these artists make to the aesthetic and culture of our island," said Jennifer McEwen, Director of Cultural Affairs for the Town. "We were thrilled to have received so many impressive submissions and have fit as many artists as possible in the space. We look forward to including more artists in future installations."

The gallery is set directly outside the Benjamin M. Racusin Council Chambers on the administration hallway, offering visiting officials, employees and citizens a welcoming and diverse display of art and culture from Hilton Head Island artists.

The artists selected for the inaugural exhibit are:

Judy Blahut Acrylic Donna Varner Mixed Media
Sabino Caputo Acrylic Martha Worthy Mixed Media
Art Cornell Acrylic Terry Brennan Oil
Sonja Griffin Evans Acrylic Jeff Buckalew Oil
Peg Weschke Fiber Liz Bundy Oil
Allison Luce Fired Clay Judy Drummond Oil
Steven Mardell Glass William Bogle Photography
Stella-lee Anderson Gouache & Watercolor Kim Lewis Photography
Rose Cofield Mixed Media Aubrey Zoodsma Photography
Amiri Farris Mixed Media Lennie Ciliento Washi Tape
Verneda Lights Mixed Media LeAnn Kalita Watercolor

Interviews with artists may be scheduled through the Office of Cultural Affairs. For more information, contact Jenn McEwen at 843-341-4703 or jennm@hiltonheadislandsc.gov.


The Town of Hilton Head Island Office of Cultural Affairs works to promote and support Hilton Head Island as a vibrant cultural destination that enriches our diverse community. We strive for the island to be recognized as a vibrant and distinctive destination known for its unique arts and culture assets that serve a diverse community and create a richer quality of life. For more information, visit www.culturehhi.org.

The Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head (ACCHH) coordinates, promotes, communicates and showcases the arts and cultural entities of the Hilton Head region, for the purpose of creating an arts destination, enriching the quality of life and speaking with one voice on cultural issues. Currently, the ACCHH consists of over three dozen members representing organizations large and small, individuals, writers, theaters, artists and more working together to highlight our rich cultural, historical, and artistic heritage.

Crescendo is the annual Celebration of Arts, Culture and History on Hilton Head Island and in the Bluffton area. Sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head (ACCHH), this regional event is organized in October in collaboration with National Arts and Humanities Month and highlights and showcases the vast array of arts, culture and history organizations, individual artists, performers and authors residing and working in the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton areas.