Don Nelson brings it to the SoBA Gallery

creative-ron-nelsonThe Society of Bluffton Artists presents announces “Creative Photography,” an exhibit of work by Don Nelson, now through May 8. Nelson retired to Hilton Head, South Carolina, in 1997 from Long Island, New York and Avon, Connecticut.

Photography has been his hobby since he was the age of eight. He started taking pictures with a Kodak Brownie camera and made contact prints in his darkroom. During the last 50 years he has processed his own color negatives and made color prints up to 20×24. Lately photo technology has changed dramatically and he now uses the computer and a digital Canon SLR camera.

Nelson’s photographs have been exhibited with the Cultural and Performing Arts Division of the Town of Oyster Bay on Long Island and also with the Locust Valley Art Show. He received first place and honorable mentions in a color photo contest sponsored by the Long Island Jewish Hospital and has also been awarded first place and honorable mentions at competitions of the Camera Club of Hilton Head Island. Nelson is a member of the Hilton Head Art League, the Society of Bluffton Artists and the Computer Club of Hilton Head. He has been on the Artist Advisory Council of the Hilton Head Art League and Treasurer of the Camera Club of Hilton Head.

Nelson also conducts numerous training sessions, teaching others how to use image-editing software and sharing his knowledge of photography. He is the monthly contributor of “Photo Tips” published in the “Shutter Release,” the Camera Club of Hilton Head Island’s newsletter. In addition, Nelson has started the “Digital Imaging Group” (DIG), teaching Photoshop CS, Elements and Photoshop Lightroom to members of the Camera Club. He also teaches Photoshop at the Hilton Head Art Academy.

Don photographs original works of art created by oil and watercolor artists. These reproductions are on archival watercolor paper or canvas using pigment inks. He also experiments with various photo techniques in my digital darkroom and is able to achieve results similar to oil and watercolor paintings.

Don believes photography is an art of observation and discovering something of interest for everyone to enjoy.

An opening reception for the artist will be held Sunday, April 11 from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Gallery on 48 Boundary Street in Old Town Bluffton. For more information contact Soba at 757- 6586 or visit