Crum's art makes viewer smile


"Art That Makes You Smile" is exactly what you will see when John K. Crum is the featured artist Nov. 7 to Dec. 2 at Art League of Hilton Head gallery.

An artist's reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 9. An artist demonstration will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 11. Both events are free and open to the public.

Crum's artwork is best described as "coastal romanticism with whimsical yet surrealist styling." While Crum paints mainly what he imagines, the constant themes of romance, friendship, whimsy and gentle surrealism are his favorite subjects. "I consider my painting successful when the viewer stops, takes a closer look, and then smiles," Crum said.

Crum is a graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design with a degree in fine and graphic arts. Crum has made a living as a graphic designer, illustrator, painter and muralist. A resident of Hilton Head since 2011, Crum credits his style to the local culture and "stunning landscapes of the Lowcountry."

The Art League of Hilton Head Gallery, voted Best 2017 Art Gallery on Hilton Head, is located mid-island, inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 90 minutes before Arts Center performances. For more information, call 843-681-5060 or visit

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