Local Artists Showcase

Showcase Artists

Friends of Bluffton Artists


Come visit our local galleries and shops in The Original One Square Mile. Each year as the Arts and Seafood Festival opens our local galleries work together to present our local showcase so visitors get a chance to be exposed to what amazing local talent we have right here in Bluffton. Galleries have artists working on their porches and lawns. On the corner of Calhoun and Lawrence there will be a gathering of artists to showcase their beautiful works.

What is happening under the big tent?

Located in the lot on the corner of Calhoun Street and Lawrence under the blue and gold tent:

Artist, Travis Newman, will be joining us this year for the first time.  In his own words:   “After serving over a decade in the United States Marine Corps including time deployed in Iraq, I found peace and beauty again through art. Although not trained in the fine arts, creativity has always let joy and happiness shine through at the darkest times. My artwork often contains semi-abstract or blurred backgrounds, with an image that is in focus. I believe this resembles life in that there is so much going on around the world that focus is only on specific items at a time.

Richard Coyne will also be joining us as well as Nance Sneddon.

Nance visited Hilton Head Island for the first time in May of 1978 and did not leave for 18 years. Now splitting her time between Charleston and Hilton Head, Nance’s multi-media paintings have evolved into a more abstract style. “Wet Sand Patterns are my interpretation of the designs left in the sand by the tides where Fish Haul Creek meets the Port Royal Sound.”   

What is happening in the galleries?

The Red Piano Art Gallery
40 Calhoun Street, Suite 201


Bobby Bagley’s art is directly inspired by the unique people of the South. He is driven by the many images, ideals and emotions that he encountered growing up in the South. More than just individual pieces connected by style and artist, these works represent stories related to each other by a reality of underlying depth, purpose, and personal experience. Each piece recreates human drama within the borders of its canvas.

Bagley’s strongest memories of childhood are the stories his grandfather knew, and his grandfather knew before him. It is his desire to interpret these stories through an objective retelling through the eyes of the African pilgrims of the South. Pride, anguish, peace and joy are emotions that humanity experiences in ways unique to each culture. He deals with these universal emotions in an African American context.

Addison Palmer will also be painting at the gallery on Sunday, Oct. 13.  

Born in Savannah, Georgia and raised on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Addison Palmer showed artistic ability at an early age, drawing and painting everything around him. Son of the painter Jim Palmer and nephew of sculptor Walter Palmer, Addison has creativity that was encouraged and nurtured. In 1989, he attended Brevard College on a full art scholarship.

After graduation, Addison Palmer moved to St. Simon’s Island where he continues to live and paint today. He is inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds him and these images of the Lowcountry are reflected in his current work.

La Petite Gallerie, located at 56 Calhoun Street, will be displaying oodles of new art – and featuring guest artists – at the Art on the Street Local Artist Showcase, on October 13, 11 am – 4 pm.

The gallery artists will be on hand throughout the day, ready to meet and greet visitors. Our member artists are: Don Nagel, master landscape pastelist; Lauren Terrett, a lively painter of intuitive and impressionistic pieces; Bill Winn, expert with watercolor and acrylic; Murray Sease with a fresh and bright style; Suzanne Aulds, a fine art oil painter. Our two newest members are sculptors who happen to be brothers: Wally Palmer, a master of many materials, known for his amazing fountains; and Kevin Palmer, fine arts sculptor.

Lauren and Bill, along with long-time local favorite Don, will be plein air painting throughout the day, and will be joined by Helena Appleton, an artisan jewelry maker, sharing about her beautiful pieces.

The gallery has  invited a very special guest artist to join us for the day: Daurus Niles and her Dream Weavers, Gullah sweetgrass basket makers, who will be demonstrating the craft and talking about the tradition – an art form transported here by West Africans who were first brought to this country in slavery. For centuries since, it has been maintained in the South Carolina Lowcountry by artisans like Daurus and her family. 

Please visit this intimate little gallery, and the adjacent garden, where you can enjoy refreshments and art in the making on this special day. 

Look for further details of the Arts and Seafood Festival and let us have a good turnout for Bluffton Arts.