Society of Bluffton Artists 27th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Bluffton, SC—Juried by David Rankin

The annual Judged Show is SOBA's flagship program that aims to celebrate and to showcase local artists whose works range in a variety of mediums.

The Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA) 27th Annual Judged Show. The Judged Show is the non-profit art organization’s flagship event of the year. “We’re looking forward to seeing the versatile work of the Lowcountry arts community this summer,” said Sheila Johnson, SOBA event chairperson. Winners will be awarded first, second and third place cash awards in the following categories: acrylic, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, watercolor or 3D.

Registrations have reached 100 entries. First, Second and Third Place Cash Awards will be presented at awards ceremony on July 7th, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM


This year's juror is nationally known watercolor painter, instructor, author and lecturer David Rankin.

Watercolor Painter, Author, Lecturer, Juror, David Rankin

David has conducted a number of workshops here at SOBA over the last 4-5 years. His award-winning watercolors are in public and private collections, have been featured in more than 150 museum exhibitions and are included in North Light's series, Splash: The Best of Watercolor and Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing. He promotes conservation and appreciation of the natural world through his paintings and has served on the Board of the Society of Animal Artists since 1990. David is one of the true modern-day masters of transparent watercolor, exuding a dynamic passion for the medium in his lectures, demonstrations and workshop instruction. His art reflects his profound passion for both watercolor and nature. He is a distinguished signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, Artists for Conservation and the Ohio Watercolor Society.

Artist's statement regarding this 27th Exhibition

It was a pleasure to jury this fine collection of art. It is a vivid testament to the creative efforts of the artists and art community here in Bluffton. Excellence in art is a hard-won achievement that artists struggle to achieve through their individual creative skills, efforts, and inspiration. And this 27th annual compilation is one the local art community can be proud of. I hope you will come walk through this exhibition and enjoy the diversity of styles and achievements. —David Rankin


The 27th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Society of Bluffton Artists, Bluffton, South Carolina - July 2021

The following is the entire selection of artwork that received an award, beginning with those receiving an Honorable Mention and ending with the 1st Place winner in each category. The last award-winning artwork we feature is the piece awarded Best in Show.

Category 1 - Oils

Honorable Mention —My Happy Place, Julia Kamenskikh
3rd Place —South From Daws Island, James Cawley
2nd Place —Reverie, Bill Winn
1st Place —Resting Spot, Jackie Nutter


Category 2 - Acrylics

Honorable Mention —Friends Forever, Wyn Foland
3rd Place —Globally Clean, Cheryl Arnold
2nd Place —Morning Coffee at Cafe, Lin Hilts
1st Place —Velocity, Audrey Salkind


Category 3 - Watercolor

Honorable Mention —Little Ruby, Loraine Mullaney
3rd Place —The Gathering, Patricia Wilund
2nd Place —Blooming Again, Barbara Pecce
1st Place —Three Friends, Brenda Fallon


Category 4 - Photography

Honorable Mention —Cool Contemplation, Savannah Kemper
Honorable Mention —Reflections of Connections, Jo Paduch
Honorable Mention —Chechessee Storm, Ed Kelly
3rd Place —Tranquility, Steven Higgins
2nd Place —A Bird's Eye View, Melinda Welker
1st Place —Anticipation, Suzanne Fiorino


Category 5 - Mixed Media

Honorable Mention —Guardian Angel, Pam Davis
3rd Place —Believe in Spring, Donna Varner
2nd Place —Bucket Full of Blues, Joan McKeever
1st Place —Hanami, Tamara Garvey


Category 6 - Other Media

3rd Place —On the Road to Hanna, Pat Diemand
2nd Place —Pride, Mary Burrell
1st Place —Unconsidered Trifles: Dispensary Bottles, Kara Artman


Best in Show


Best in Show —Aegan Blue, Dennis Lake

For more information about The Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA) and this year's exhibition, click here —https://sobagallery.com/27th-judged-show/


David Rankin Watercolors ©