SoBA-BEST-donna-varnerThe Society of Bluffton Artists Annual Judged Member Show held its awards presentation and reception on Friday March 6, with a full house of artists and admirers.

This year’s judge, acclaimed artist and art professor from SCAD Jeff Markowsky, gave a thoughtful and concise explanation of why each of his choices were made. The awards, presented in five categories, were as follows:


BEST OF SHOW – Judith Ann Wenning – Lake House, Watercolor (above)


1st Place – Just the Apple – N. Jack Huddle

2nd Place – Cynthia Wood – I Like That One!

3rd Place – Joyce Howell Peckham – Birchwood


1st Place – Stephen Moscowitz – Three Vessels

2nd Place – Betsy Schroeter – Solitude

3rd Place – Barbara Spencer – Azalea Walk


1st Place – LeAnn Kalita – The Boatwright

2nd Place – Mary Ann Putzier – I’m Thinking

3rd Place – Lorraine Mullaney – Iris


1st Place – Edith Wood – Foggy Morning

2nd Place – Wes Grady – La Contess di Nari

3rd Place – Frank Pinto – Great Blue

Drawing and Other

1st Place – Julie Felver – Sand Dollar

2nd Place – Larry Hughes – Ancient Hawaiian Pictograph

3rd Place – Celia Pray – Rippie

A special THANK YOU to SoBA’s sponsors: Betty Luntey, Captain Woody’s, Corner Perk, Crazy Crab, Donna Brennan, Gigi’s Boutique, Juliana Kim, Latitudes Wine Bar, Marty Sherman, Palmetto State Bank, Pluff Mudd Gallery, Stock Farm Antiques, The Garden Gate Nursery, The Great Frame Up, and Utrecht. These wonderful sponsors along with organizer Mary Ann Putzier and her team of show volunteers, made this a fun and successful show. 

The show will be on display through April 4. Please visit the SOBA Gallery, located at the corner of Church and Calhoun Streets in Old Town Bluffton. Call 757-6586 or visit for more information.