The Sosoba-tedjordanciety of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) is currently presenting its Annual Judged Show, now through March 29.  An opening reception will be held on Sunday,  February  21, 2010 from 3 -5 PM at the SoBA gallery, 48 Boundary Street, Old Town Bluffton.

“The quality of last year’s show was outstanding, based upon comments from the over 1,000 viewers who attended, and this year’s show promises to be even better,” states President David Dickson.  Last year visitors to the gallery were introduced to the medium of encaustic (melted bees wax) with Diane Dean’s “Best of Show” winner “Savannah Cargo” and “First Place” winner Ted Jordan’s drawing, “Princetta’s Prayer,” a simple, yet complex drawing depicting innocence and hope.  Visitors to the exhibit this year will have an opportunity to win an original encaustic entitled “Landscape” by Diane Dean and a giclee reproduction of Ted Jordan’s drawing “Mourning in Red.”

The show features 110 new works from Bluffton, Hilton Head, Beaufort, and Sun City artists and photographers. Awards will presented for the coveted “Best in Show” plus a number of order categories at the event.  “We’re excited about this year’s judge, Linda Warner Constantino,” says Joy Hermann, Chair of this year’s event.  “Linda is a long-time area artist and a professor of illustration at SCAD.”

soba-dianedeanThe public is invited to the reception where refreshments will be served and each visitor will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artwork and be eligible for winning one of the two donated pieces of art. Show award winners will be announced during the reception.

Sponsors for this year’s event include: Palmetto State Bank, Ernest M. Sewell, CPA
Coastal States Emett McCraken Family
Stock Farm., Morris Towing, The Store, Four Seasons Sun Rooms, Old Town Vintage Posters
Golden Paint Comopany, May River Grill, Low Country Podiatry and Kinghorn Insurance.

The gallery is located on Boundary Street in old Bluffton and is open Mon. through Sat. from 10-5.  Call 843-757-6586 or visit the SoBA web site at for more information about the organization and participating artists.