The 5th Annual Art Market at Honey Horn
Author: Natalie Hefter
The Lowcountry is well known for its beautiful landscapes and natural beauty–and as a great place for artists to live and to work. Each year since 2003, the Coastal Discovery Museum has invited artists from all over the country to join forces with some of our local artists for a weekend-long juried art and fine craft exhibit and sale, sharing our area’s beauty with artists working in a variety of media.
This year, the museum’s jury has invited over 80 artists from 13 different states to participate in the Art Market. Photographers, jewelers, watercolorists, pastel artists, potters and many, many more will showcase their artwork under the oaks at Honey Horn. Lowcountry visitors and residents will have an opportunity to purchase artwork, visit with the artists and watch ongoing demonstrations throughout the weekend.
According to Michael Marks, President and CEO of the Coastal Discovery Museum, the museum will award a total of $5,000 in prize money this year. “From the entries I’ve seen, Judge Karen Davies will have a difficult time choosing the winners!” he said. Davies is a two- and three-dimensional design professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is also a versatile artist, working in a variety of mediums. Davies considers herself an image-maker, sculptor and craftsperson. In 2004, she received a Fulbright Scholar Program Award to participate in the U.S. International Education Administrators Seminar to Germany.
In addition to the professional artists who are displaying and selling their artwork, many local performing groups will provide entertainment throughout the weekend. Robin Swift, co-chair of the Art Market, said, “We’ll have all ages performing—from kindergarteners to retirees. It will be a great complement to the artwork and lots of fun, too.”
The Art Market is open to the public on Saturday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday, from 11 a.m-4 p.m. Admission to the show is free. A $5 per car parking donation benefits the museum. Food and beverages will be for sale during the event. If you’d like to stay longer, plan to attend the “Let’s Celebrate Bravo Artists’ Reception,” in the new pole barn, from 5:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. Reservations for the party are required. Call (843) 689-6767 ext 223.
Honey Horn is a name that has existed for over two centuries, possessing a rich cultural and natural history legacy. It is described by many as the last significant parcel of undeveloped open space on Hilton Head Island. Consisting of 69 pristine acres at the juncture of the Cross Island Expressway and Highway 278, the property is filled with salt marshes, stands of live oaks, open fields, and a unique collection of some of the oldest structures that exist on Hilton Head Island. The site will be the future home of the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn this summer.