Last chance to see second installation of Town Hall gallery

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The Artist's Gallery at Town Hall features the work of 24 local artists. The exhibition changes every four to six months. GUSTAVO RATTIA

The second installation of local artists' work is on exhibit now at the Artist's Gallery in Town Hall and will be up through the end of the summer.

The gallery is a public forum to highlight local artists, creating a space to showcase their work and an opportunity for our Town to honor the important role arts play in our community.

The Town is thrilled to have been able to create this platform to say thank you to island artists and share their talents with all who walk the halls of town hall, young and old.

The artists featured either live or work on Hilton Head Island and are selected via a review process in which they have demonstrated the high quality of their work and shown a clear artistic voice. We had dozens of artists apply to be included and 24 artists on display.

The artists featured in this current exhibit include glasswork by Steve Mardell of High Tide Beads, paintings by Art Cornell and Pam White, among many others, and many media are represented from ceramics to oil painting.

The exhibit changes every four to six months. The first two installations have included works in varied media by local artists. The exhibit starting in September is a portrait exhibit by Hilton Head Prep graduate Nicole Seitz that coordinates with the Pat Conroy Center anthology, "Our Prince of Scribes."

Artists may apply online at CultureHHI.org and there is a new application for each exhibit.

We also have a satellite gallery at Island Rec Center that is currently exhibiting work by the Hilton Head Camera Club until August, and then will have an exhibit up for a few months by contemporary artist Richard Grant who just moved to Hilton Head a few years ago from Chicago.

The Town gallery is directly outside the Benjamin M. Racusin Council Chambers on the administration hallway. Visiting officials and citizens, as well as employees can experience a welcoming and diverse display of art and culture from Hilton Head Island artists.

Swing by Town Hall from now until Labor Day to view this great art. And if the mood strikes, maybe you'll want purchase a piece to take home.

Jennifer McEwen is the director of the Town of Hilton Head Island's Office of Cultural Affairs. CultureHHI.org

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