15th Annual Art Market at Historic Honey Horn Wraps Up for 2017

The 15th annual Art Market at Historic Honey Horn was held on April 29th and 30th. This year, 95 artists from 9 different states participated in the juried show. Judges awarded $5,000 in prizes to 14 different artists representing a variety of mediums. Local photographer, Paul Shatz, won best in show. Paul recently moved to Hilton Head Island from Charleston and has participated in hundreds of fine art festivals annually around the country. The judges for this year’s show were impressed with his spectacular images as well as his method of continuing the historic tradition of silver-gelatin photography.  According to Shatz, “My silver-gelatin original photographs are created by me, using traditional materials and techniques. I use 8x10 and 5x7 large format film and make silver prints one at a time using my hands, my head and my heart. They are selenium toned to achieve an archival quality. This traditional method of photography creates a depth and magic in the print that is unmatched.”

2017 Art Market awards:

Best in Show – Paul Shatz, Hilton Head Island, SC – Photography

2nd Place – James Herndon, Walterboro, SC – Wood

3rd Place – Murray Sease, Bluffton, SC- Oil / Acrylic

Awards of Merit:

Michele Blank, Mt. Pleasant, SC - Glass

JoAnn Graham, St. Helena Island, SC - Jewelry

Lyn Hise, Inverness, Fl – Mixed Media 2-D

Amanda McLenon, Daniel Island, SC – Oil/Acrylic

Eric Moore, Pomaria, SC - Sculpture

Diane Ness, Acworth, GA – Fiber

Blake Olsen, Orange Park, FL – Clay

Jody Rankin, Awendaw, SC – Oil/Acrylic

David Russell, Camden, SC – Glass

Michael Smalls & Dino Badger, Fiber (Sweetgrass Baskets) – Round O, SC

Valerie Thomas & Dana Shirley, Jewelry – Naples, FL

Lean Ensemble Theater presents the comedy The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl


A whimsical comedy centering on an earthy young Brazilian housekeeper who’d rather be doing stand up comedy than cleaning bathrooms for her uptight employer. Off-beat humor impromptu arias, wacky poetry, and romance spice big themes of love and loss.

April 27-May 7  HHPS Main Street Theatre      www.leanensemble.org or 843.715.6676


Who is Scoot? Spotlight: Ann Eilers Lilly

Anne Eilers Lilly

Anne Eilers Lilly

A charming little boat has moored on Hilton Head Island, and he may become the most well-known traveler on our waters. A children’s book, Scoot’s New Home was a top seller at the recent Heritage Library and Bluffton Book Fairs. One peek inside proves little Scoot’s popularity well-deserved. A happy little boat who makes friends and faces his fears, Scoot provides inspiration and a tour of Hilton Head to both natives and visitors.

Author Ann Eilers Lilly moved to Hilton Head Island from Kentucky sixteen years ago. She has been writing and sharing stories ever since. Lilly discovered Scoot in a leaky old boat her husband purchased. Skeptical it would even float, she found joy and solace on the water, and a character she could bring alive. Scoot signals a departure for Lilly. Here, she follows her unique perspective and imagination and brings children into her world. Her first published nonfiction, two humorous stories about family hijinks, appears in Island Writers’ Network’s Time and Tide.

Lilly works as a licensed broker associate for Charter One Realty. When she is not working, she enjoys the water on Scoot.

Sixteen original watercolors by her equally artistic brother, Steven Eilers, illustrate recognizable Lowcountry panoramas and landmarks. Eilers lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he retired from owning and operating a graphic design studio. His work can be found in the American Folk Art Museum in Atlanta and galleries from Hilton Head Island to San Francisco. When not creating art, he writes and performs music with local bands.

Scoot’s New Home can be purchased at the Boathouse Marina Store, the Sandbox Children’s Museum, the Coastal Discovery Museum, Gifted, Lettrs, Pyramid--Sea Pines Center, the Lighthouse Shop, Markels, Moonlit Lullaby, Storybook Shop, and the Beaufort Book Store.

Lean Ensemble Presents Nina Raine’s critically-acclaimed Tribes

It’s tricky enough navigating the fast-paced wit and verbal gymnastics of a noisy family’s repartee but for Billy, the only deaf member of his talkative clan, lipreading the nuances is particularly challenging. What’s more no one in his family including Billy knows sign language—a decision his parents made, hoping he wouldn’t feel disadvantaged in a hearing world. Enter Sylvia, Billy’s new girlfriend who much to the family’s dismay, escorts Billy into a new tribe, that of the deaf community. There he learns to sign—an act that turns all their assumptions about how we communicate topsy turvy.

Lean Ensemble Theater

hilton head preparatory school Main Street Theatre

3000 main street hilton head

January 26-28 & February 2-4  7:30 pm

January 29 & Feb 5    2 pm

$40 evenings   $35 matinees  $15 students/active military

group rates available

tickets: 843.715.6676 or www.leanensemble.org 

Remembering Joe Bowler, Jr.

The arts community is deeply saddened by the loss of an extraordinary artist and constant supporter of the arts and arts education.  Hall of Fame Illustrator, Joe Bowler, Jr.was in his 67th year as a professional artist, selling his first illustration to Cosmopolitan Magazine when he was nineteen.  His focus turned to portraits in 1972, when he and his wife Marilyn moved to Hilton Head. Marilynn and Joe Bowler were passionate about elevating the arts experience for the youth and pillars of the Island School Council for the Arts (ISCA), An Evening of the Artsannual fundraiser that has pumped millions of dollars into arts education in local schools. Marilyn died in 2008 and it was always with her in mind that his support of ISCA continued. On September 17, 2016, the highlight of the auction for the 34th year was Joe Bowler's exquisite painting, Blue Mood and very sadly, his last as a contributing artist to the Island School Council's An Evening of the Arts. He will be greatly missed by us all!  

Walter Greer Remembered


Walter Greer - Artist Pioneer of Hilton Head Island
 by Gabriele Hoffmann

 Walter Greer passed away on October 5 while all of Hilton Head was preoccupied with an approaching hurricane.  Greer, 96, had spent close to 60 years here, brought art and artists to the Island and shaped its community.

Greer, a South Carolinian, had a successful career in his brother’s textile company in Greenville and he cast it all aside to become an artist.  What determination, courage and vision!  In 1959 Walter Greer first visited Hilton Head and a year later he decided to build his first home and studio in scarcely inhabited Sea Pines.  He became the Island’s first resident artist, he was so taken with its beauty.  Soon he met the love of his life, Margaret, a gifted writer, with whom he shared the rest of his life.

Greer enjoyed the solitary environment on Hilton Head − it was still a Gullah island then − but missed the communication with the art world.  So he invited prominent, contemporary artists to exhibit in a large room in the William Hilton Inn and became the Island’s first art gallery director.  Numerous talented artists followed him and settled on Hilton Head.

 In 1970, Jack A. Morris, Jr., current owner of Morris & Whiteside Auctions,  extolled the virtues of Greer’s art and wrote: “Walter Greer seeks expression of emotional truths which are part of the landscape and people around Hilton Head”, and likened his work to an “exaltation of the South Carolina Lowcountry.”

 Walter Greer was a founding member of the renowned artist “Round Table” (1970-1994) that included Joe Bowler, Coby Whitmore, Ralph Ballantine, Joe DeMers and Ray Ellis, to name a few.  They met weekly at The Red Piano Gallery, discussed each other’s work and shared ideas.

 In 1996 the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina named its exhibition space the Walter Greer Gallery in his honor.  One year later, a major retrospective of Walter Greer’s artwork was exhibited there.  Greer also was a founding member of the Art League of Hilton Head which moved into the gallery space at the Arts Center in 2010.

Last but not least, Greer was very engaged in committee work towards maintaining the natural beauty of our island environment and promoting “the theme of man in harmony with nature.”  For Walter Greer “art [was] sunshine for the soul and nourishment for the spirit.”


Commissioned works in collections of The South Carolina Governor’s Mansion

Board-room portrait of the President of Emory University

The Gibbes Museum, Charleston

The Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA

Greenville County Museum

Corporate: Simmons World Headquarters, Atlanta

C&S Bank of Georgia and South Carolina

South Carolina National Bank Bicentennial Collection, 1976

Many private and public collections.


One-man Exhibitions up to 1997

Greenville County Museum of Art, Sc [3]

Asheville Museum of Art, NC

Telfair Museum of Art, Savanna, GA [2]

University of South Carolina

Columbia College, SC

The Citadel

Richland County Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, SC


Listed in Who’s Who of American Artists.


Sources: The Red Piano Gallery, Island Packet

Oh, Christmas Tree...

Many of our homes experienced the effects of Hurricane Matthew, and we at the Arts Center hope that everyone is feeling somewhat back to normal as our Island continues its process of restoration.


The Arts Center fared well in the wake of the storm, but one of our casualties was our Leland Cypress Christmas tree, uprooted completely. The tree, which was the centerpiece of the Town’s Official Christmas Tree Lighting for 20 years, was planted when the Arts Center opened in 1996.


Jeffrey Reeves, the Arts Center’s COO, reached out to an Arts Center business partner, The Greenery, Inc. to ascertain our best options for replacement. Skip Briggs, Project Manager at The Greenery, found a lovely 16’+ Mary Nell Holly, and within a week, it was delivered and installed by their incredible staff.


We hope you enjoy our new and lovely addition to the landscape, decked for the holiday season in lights and ornaments. Our thanks again to The Greenery for their help both with the tree and the amazing clean-up efforts in the aftermath of Matthew. Because of their staff -- and ours -- we were able to welcome patrons back to a safe building and debris-free parking lot within days after re-entry.


Join us for the Town’s official Christmas Tree Lighting, with our new Mary Nell Holly, on Saturday, November 26 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on the grounds at the Arts Center!


Gullah Tours to Pick Up at Arts Center

The Gullah Heritage Trails Tours have a new temporary location for pick up and drop off at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.  Due to Hurricane Matthew, the Tour’s regular pick up area at Honey Horn is not accessible because of all the hurricane debris being dumped there, and the Arts Center’s central location makes it a great alternative.

Arts Center President & CEO, Kathi Bateson said, “It’s our pleasure to help the Gullah Heritage Trails Tour get back on line, and because our gallery has long been a stop on the tour it seemed a natural fit to partner with them during the hurricane recovery.”  Bateson added, “These cultural tours are an important outreach for the Island, especially as small businesses continue to recover from the hurricane, and it’s great to share in this opportunity for visitors.”

The two-hour tours are narrated by native Gullah folks who are descendants of former slaves dating back to years immediately after the Civil War. You will travel through the Gullah communities on Hilton Head Island when the island’s landscape was only farmlands, trees, dirt roads, wildlife and natural waterways throughout and around the island. The distinctive Gullah language, traditional foods and recipes, music, religion, social structure and folktales will all be woven into an interactive educational and entertaining experience. You will come away with an understanding of how the descendants of former enslaved people developed and maintained these communities on the then-isolated island.

Two 2-hour Tours are offered twice daily Tuesday through Saturday at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, and on Sunday at 12:00 noon, excluding holidays.  The cost is $32.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 12 and under. NO reservations are required except for parties of 10 or more. Ticket Sales begin 30 minutes before the tour.  For more information or to book tours for 10 or more people, call 843-681-7066