Plays, Gallery Exhibits and More in Beaufort County, SC
Resilience is unmistakable among cultural arts artists and performers, and those who appreciate the arts, in Hilton Head and Bluffton. Fortunately, the arts are returning to the greater Lowcountry to a degree that seemed impossible just months ago. Here are some upcoming events worth celebrating.
The Continuing Arts
CAROLINA COASTAL ARTS CENTER
This marks 26 years of partnership between the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and the Gullah community. To celebrate this event, the two have teamed up to present a wide range of events for the community. Plan to join in the celebration with Gullah entertainment, special dishes and most importantly the art of the rich Gullah culture.
For those interested in the history and culture of the Gullah people, in general, and art lovers of the Gullah arts, in particular, the popular annual exhibition inside the Walter Greer Gallery is the ‘place where you can attend the annual exhibition and sale of the wonder’Les Aarts Ob We People.’ Inside, you’ll also find displays of original works by renowned artist Amiri Farris, which showcases Gullah life in the Lowcountry and beyond. On the walls and plinths of the gallery are additional works of art by other Gullah artists and members of the Art League of Hilton Head.
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head, SC, for more information call 843 686 3945 or [email protected]
Arts, Crafts, Music and Food Saturday, February 19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC
CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN AUTHORS
With Bakari Sellers, Saturday, February 26, 12-3 p.m., Rotary Community Center, 11 Recreation Court, Bluffton, SC, 29910
MAYE RIVER GALLERY
Unimaginable, the Maye River Gallery was recently sold. Luckily, I have to share with you that these amazing women from the Maye River Gallery have found a new location and will be moving just up the road to a new development, The Bridge at Calhoun. I remember writing an article about the gallery and the artists, the Maye River Gals, when they first opened in 2007. These talented and graceful women had an impressive goal…they wanted to focus on fine arts and crafts of art, to help and assist their neighbors in the Bluffton community and all the while, to pursue their creative aspirations, personally as women artists in the community they inhabit.
In the meantime, expect a “floor-to-ceiling” art sale throughout February! It will be spectacular! For more information, contact the Maye River Gallery, 37 Calhoun S., Bluffton, SC, phone 843 757 2633.
The JCostello gallery welcomed two phenomenal artists to exhibit their superb works.
Dana Montlack has embarked on a decade of exploring the natural elements, with a more recent focus on microscopic and ocean imagery. She actually presents work that blurs the imagined boundaries between the perceived physical entity and its more mysterious underlying reality.
She holds a BFA in Sculpture from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an MFA in Mixed Media from Otis Parsons College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, and his works are featured in public and private collections across the country.
David Leas’s installation, now in place, “Elemental Experience of Change”, will capture your imagination, as it did at an opening reception. His work is artistically in place on the walls of the JCostello gallery.
J Costello Gallery, Redfish 8 Archer Road, Hilton Head, SC, phone 843 686 6550.
RED PIANO GALLERY
There is an expanded list of artists, new and familiar, exhibiting at the Red Piano Gallery. Look forward to seeing up close the impressive work of several of them that have recently been featured.
Particularly noteworthy is the new work of Michael B. Karas, Christy Kinard, Sonja Griffin Evans, Joseph Orr, Betty Anglin Smith and a book by Jonathan Green.
OVEN CORNERS FINE ART AND FRAMING
Charlene Gardner invites you to the gallery Local Ladies Show which opens Thursday February 24 and runs through Tuesday March 8…and a reception at the gallery from 5-8 p.m.
The associates of the Gallery, the local ladieswill be there that evening to meet guests and talk about their art.
There are works in a variety of mediums created by Sally Hickman, Leslie Dyas, Fran Kaminsky, Susie Chisholm, Ronda Yono, Nancy Dwight, Nancy Waterhouse, Karen Dale, Marge Agin, Holly Bjorkstrom, Barbara Tedford, Martha Worthy and Pam Brickell Johnson .
BLUFFTON HIGH SOBA ARTISTS
The society artists from Bluffton will showcase the talents of some of the young artists in the community in February when it hosts “Young Talent” at SOBA’s Old Town Bluffton Gallery. The exhibition runs until February 26 and features a variety of media from the region’s most promising young artists.
The gallery is located in Old Town Bluffton at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. Visit www.sobagallery.com or call 843-757-6586
The 28th annual show judged by SOBA features 100 selections from all entries in six categories.
The deadline for applications is March 1. An awards ceremony will be held March 9, 5-7 p.m. SOBA Gallery, 6 Church St., Old Town Bluffton, SC Information sobagallery.com or 843 757 3776.
— Art Beyond Tradition: Interpretations — an exhibition of abstract works by 12 local artists. Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head.
— An exhibition of abstract art, Rose Cofield, guest artist, an exhibition of mixed techniques and abstract art, La Petite Gallerie, 56 Calhoun Street, Bluffton, South Carolina, Information lapetitegallerie.com.
The performing arts
CAROLINA COASTAL ARTS CENTER
The curious incident of the dog in the night: This award-winning play…a play within a play, based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, is the most captivating theatrical experience imaginable. It’s not just the script, which moves in any direction but right away, and in a triumph of understatement, is certainly not predictable, and moreover is brilliantly complex. Curious Incident alternates between gripping sadness and riot. And, it’s live and on our stage at the Center des Arts.
The demanding direction is by Whitaker Gannon, and the cast of compelling, convoluted characters support Mariah Boone’s ideas as the imaginative, resourceful, and inspired Christopher Boone.
This is a unique, breathtaking and thoughtful piece of work, and we at Hilton Head are so fortunate that those involved have focused in such a way that this remarkable script, the cast and behind-the-curtain support have come together. so willingly mobilized to accept the phenomenal challenges of this avant-garde, edgy and completely breathtaking stage production.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night runs through February 22, 2022, at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC, phone 843 842 2787, [email protected]
MAY RIVER THEATER
Steel Magnolias: A delightful comedy, directed by Liz McGinnis, gives us all an up-close look at Southern women who congregate in beauty salons to visit friends as they keep their hairstyles in place, enjoy current gossip and possibly sipping a little refreshment. But clearly this production is much more than that!
This is the 20th anniversary season of the May River Theatre, and many will remember that the Theater was founded by Ed and Jodie Dupuis in 2002. It is especially important to realize that Steel Magnolias was produced during this first season. Everyone involved honors the memory of the founders with this production.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on February 25 and 26 and March 4 and 5, and at 2 p.m. on February 27 and March 6. Tickets are $25 and are available online at mayrivertheatre.com or by calling 843 815 5581.
COMMUNITY THEATER ON THE MAIN STAGE
Legally Blond Jr., The Musical: A perfect musical version of the famous and popular movie “Legally Blond!” The musical is at the Main Stage Community Theater with performances March 4-6. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $15 for students, $5 for youth under 8. For more information, msctheatre.org or 843 689 6246. Hilton Head Prep’s Main Street Theater, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head Island.
I love you, you are perfect, now change: A hilarious and popular musical with music by Joe Dipietro, composer Jimmy Roberts and musical direction by Josh Wall. The performers are Mark Erickson, Jenna Shaffer, Debbie Cort and Daniel Cort.
Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on March 11 and 12 at the Coligny Theater and March 13 at 3 p.m. matinee and 7:30 p.m. at the Bluffton School of Dance. There will be a dinner-show package as well as a show only. All proceeds will support funding for the Live Oak Performing Arts Center. For information: MSCTheatre.org or 843 689 6246.
Doubt: Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner by John Patrick Shanley and directed by Nakeilsha Daniel. With Jennifer Brown, Jonathan Dyrud, Katherine LeRoy and Peggy Trecker White.
A rigidly conservative nun takes it upon herself to investigate allegations of misconduct between a beloved, progressive priest and one of the students in his charge. John Patrick Shanley delves into the dark shadows of moral certainty, always balancing the fine line between truth and consequence. Doubt is an exquisite and powerful drama that will raise questions and answer none, leaving the rest of us to grapple with the discomfort of uncertainty.
One weekend only, March 24-27, HHPS Main Street Theatre. For ticket options, visit www.leanensemble.org or call 843 715 6676.
HHI INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
— From March 7 to 14, with pianists aged 18 to 30. Tickets are on sale at hhipc.org or by calling the box office at 843 842 2055.