CRESCENDO! Celebrating Arts, Culture and History: The Heart and Soul of the Lowcountry


CRESCENDO-"Celebrating Arts, Culture and History: The Heart and Soul of the Lowcountry.” Sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head, October 2017.


CRESCENDO-THE Inaugural ANNUAL Arts, Culture and History Celebration, sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head (ACCHH), will be held throughout October 2017. This regional event, organized in honor of National Arts and Humanities month, highlights and showcases the vast array of arts, culture and history organizations, individual artists, performers, and authors residing and working in the Hilton Head/ Bluffton area. Join the celebration and honor the importance of arts and culture in America and our local community.   

Arts and cultural patrons of all ages are invited to help celebrate this important month-long event in our community by attending or participating in any of the myriad of outstanding and engaging cultural programs offered, many free or reasonably priced, and highlighted on the ACCHH website’s calendar.  To see a listing of all arts and culture events happening in the month of October and beyond, please go to

The October 2017 CRESCENDO Celebration features more than 50 unique arts and cultural programs, concerts, theatrical productions, museum and gallery exhibits, lectures, poetry readings, dance performances, historical tours, hands-on arts experiences, and educational offerings which are estimated to attract more than 10,000 people from all over the United States, Canada and parts of Europe.

National Arts and Humanities Month, first launched 30 years ago by Americans for the Arts, includes these goals: Focus on the arts at local, state and national levels, Encouraging individuals and organizations to participate in the arts, Allowing Governments and businesses to show their support of the arts and Raising public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.

“This event is our first joint program venture as an organization since Bravo in 2006”, said ACCHH President Natalie Hefter. We hope that everyone in the community, residents as well as visitors, will come out and support the incredible arts, culture and history organizations, working artists and high-quality arts programs we have in Hilton Head and Bluffton. Just go to our website and explore our calendar to find out what you can see, learn, or experience during CRESCENDO. Our community is full of talented individuals sharing their expertise and passion with visitors and residents alike.”

The Arts & Cultural Council of Hilton Head coordinates, promotes, communicates, and showcases arts and cultural organizations and businesses in the Hilton Head area for the purpose of creating an arts destination, enriching the quality of life, and speaking with one voice on cultural issues. Membership is open to non-profits and for-profit entities in Southern Beaufort County that support the mission of the ACCHH. Currently, thirty-five arts, cultural and history organizations as well as individual artists in the Hilton Head/Bluffton area make up the diverse membership.

For event or membership information, please go to or contact Arts & Cultural Council President Natalie Hefter by email at or 843-689-6767 x 225. For media requests please contact Linda Bloom by email at


The Wizard of Oz is a musical commissioned by the St. Louis Municipal Opera (The Muny) based on the novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz and using the film's songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. The book of the musical is by Frank Gabrielson, who would later write an adaptation of The Marvelous Land of Oz for Shirley Temple (1960).

Debuting as Director is Dan Brown who performed in many MSYT productions. Musical Director is Philip Paluszak who has a magnificent music background is coming to MSYT as a guest artist.  And rounding out our crew, Jodi Layman who has a long association with MSYT will choreograph this show.

A teenage girl, Dorothy (double cast played byEllie Lentz and Jacey Robinson), lives on a farm in dreary Kansas with her Uncle Henry ( played by Dakota Jimenez) and Aunt Em (played by Kerry Gudaitis) dreaming of faraway places ("Over The Rainbow"). One day the farmhouse, with Dorothy inside, is swept off by a tornado to Munchkin land in the Land of Oz. The falling house kills the cruel ruler of the Munchkins, the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins and the Sorceress of the North greet Dorothy ("Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" and "Munchkinland"). The Sorceress tells Dorothy that she will have to go to the Emerald City to ask the great Wizard of Oz to help her return home. We follow Dorothy down the yellow brick road to the Emerald City. Dorothy meets along the way the Scarecrow (played by Grant Grace), the Tinman (played by John Rosenblum) and the Lion (played by Ethen Cornett).

The show runs June 21 - 24 and June 28-July 1 at 7:00 pm, June 25 and July 2 at 2:00 pm at the HH Prep School Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head Island. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. June 22 is THRIFY THURSDAY, Adults $15 and Students $10. Group Rates available by calling the Box Office. There is a $1 ticket fee charged per ticket for a credit card transaction. Avoid the ticket fee by purchasing online at

Main Street Youth Theatre is a nonprofit 501( c) 3 celebrating 20 years of putting young actors in the spotlight. For more information about MSYT go to Follow us on FaceBook and Instagram for pictures and more about this fun, family friendly show.

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 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 

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