The gently surreal art of John Crum at the Art League Gallery

‘Cultivating Hope’

Art That Makes You Smile: The Gently Surreal Art of John K. Crum, will run April 11 to May 13 at Art League Gallery. Crum’s whimsical and graphic work features bright color palettes, bold designs, and, in his own words, “gentle, surreal landscapes” sure to brighten the viewer’s mood. Perspectives are often distorted in curious, whimsical scenes in order to tell his joyful stories. 

“I love to paint themes such as life experiences, romance, love, and the human spirit,” says Crum. “I want to make people smile while taking them on an unexpected and magical journey.”

Crum has enjoyed a long, successful career in illustration, graphic arts, and mural painting. He came to Hilton Head Island over two decades ago from Bay Village, Ohio, and continues to exhibit his work locally.

An artist reception will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 5-7pm. Artist’s demonstrations will be held on Monday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 18 at 11am. The exhibit, reception, and demonstrations are all free and open to the public.



Art That Makes You Smile: The Gently Surreal Art of John K. Crum

‘Blue Streaks’



Exhibit: Tuesday, April 11 through Saturday, May 13, 2023. Art League Gallery open every day: Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm and 90 minutes before every Arts Center performance.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 12, 5-7pm. Enjoy refreshments and meet the artist. Free and open to the public. 

Artist’s Demonstrations: Monday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 18, 11am. Learn more about the artist and his process. 



Art League Gallery is located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, 843.681.5060.