Unfortunately, there simply wasn't time to visit all of the galleries in this beautiful coastal area, so there are a number of them that won't be mentioned here because we never got to them. (An excellent reason to make another trip to HHI!) So I'll just mention those we did visit, and what it was about each that appealed to me. In this post I'll cover the three galleries we visited on Hilton Head itself:
Smith GalleriesSmith, at 1000 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head, was our first stop. Located on the upper floor of Building J in the Village of Wexford, a lovely tree-shaded shopping center, it was a bit of a challenge to find. Once we did, it did not disappoint. Fine American craft is this gallery's specialty. There were so many unique and beautiful things on display I could see why my friend and fellow artist, Kathy Woodworth, had recommended that we seek it out. I was especially drawn to the hand blown glass pieces, whimsical clocks and, well, just about everything, including a very nice selection of fine art as well.
Another gallery that had been recommended to us was Nash Gallery at 13 Harbourside Lane in Shelter Cove Harbor, off William Hilton Parkway. Nash Gallery is easy to find: just look for the enormous statue of Poseidon as you enter the complex. The gallery is located directly across from the statue at street level.
|This massive statue of Poseidon is just a few feet from the entrance to Nash Gallery. ©2016 Lynn Edwards|
|Nash Gallery in Shelter Cove Harbor, where you can sit on the rocking chairs and gaze at the yachts in the adjacent marina. ©2016 Lynn Edwards|
I fell in love with the work of several of their potters, including that of Florida's Francine Zajac, whose Earthtones line includes, among many other things, soap dishes in the form of scallop shells. One of them was perfect for one of the bathrooms in our house so I couldn't resist it. Glazed in shades of blue-green with a touch of peachy-tan, it's a cherished reminder of our trip. It also serves the practical function of holding the richly scented handmade soaps that I love so much, made by our friend John Kleinhans.
Besides the pottery, Hubs and I were both captivated by a display of wall art comprised of clay faces, each with its own individual "personality." Hubs really liked a face jauntily "smoking" a fat cigar, whose self-satisfied expression looked as if he'd just won a backroom poker game. That was but one piece in a collection sure to make anyone smile. In fact, it would be worth making a trip to Nash Gallery just to check out this display alone. You can't help but come away from it amazed by the detail and totally amused by the artist's concept.
Muse GalleryThis fine art gallery, which just celebrated its one year anniversary, is a showcase for works by such prominent artists as Bonnie Teitelbaum, Barbara Krupp, Katherine Adkins and others of national reputation. Upon entering, a massive piece by Bonnie Teitelbaum immediately caught my eye. Having seen her amazing abstract works in a gallery in Santa Fe a few years ago, I was thrilled to have the chance to see more work by this artist at Muse. The depth she manages to achieve using clear resins and mediums is nothing short of amazing, and I couldn't help but stand there in front of this magnificent painting in total awe. I could hardly bear to tear myself away from it, but there were additional works to see.
Among them were truly beautiful sculptures of the female form by Atlanta artist Chad Awalt, who brings forth his figures from downed trees. Polished and sculpted into works that are at once graceful and earthy, each reveals the unique inner patterns of the wood from which it was created. His works spoke to me on many levels, and if I could wave a magic wand, I'd have one of them on a pedestal in an expansive home suited to the display of such impressive pieces. But, returning to the reality of living in a cottage, I'll just have to own one of Mr. Awalt's unforgettable sculptures in my dreams.
One of the first things you'll notice as you enter Muse Gallery is the warm greeting you'll receive from owner Hali Lookabaugh. Hali firmly believes that haughtiness has no place in her gallery. She welcomes all who enter with a smile and freely shares her extensive knowledge of fine art whenever it's sought, while allowing visitors plenty of space to take in and appreciate the art on display without interference. Visiting her gallery is a very comfortable experience, which is, ideally, how visiting an art gallery should be for everyone.
Muse Gallery is located at 65 Arrow Rd. If you enjoy contemporary and abstract works, this gallery is a definite must-see!
In my next post, we'll explore the galleries in Bluffton, a quaint and artsy hamlet just a short drive from Hilton Head. Stay tuned!
Text and images ©2016 Lynn Edwards