Get ready for an art league "Fake"-out

September 18, 2011 

  • Fabulous Fakes Festival runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 outside at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

    Details: 843-681-5060, www.artleaguehhi.org

At first glance, it looks like a replica of Vincent Van Gogh's "Road with Cypress and Star." But instead of a horse-drawn carriage in the quaint country scene, a green van putters down the dirt road. The new title: "Vincent's Van Go."

Get it?

The Art League of Hilton Head's annual Fabulous Fakes Festival on Sept. 24 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island features plenty of parody of the classics, such as local painter Don Nagel's take on the Dutch impressionist's work.

"It's interesting to copy," Nagel said. "By doing it, you learn how the artist painted."

Some artists present near replicas of the originals; other prefer to tweak, like the copy of "Whistler's Mother" with a martini in her hand or the Edgar Degas ballerina in a pair of high heels.

The festival puts the work of dozens of local artists on display in an interactive afternoon of art, where visitors can get an idea of what it takes to duplicate the masters. Guests are invited this year to dribble, drip and toss paint on canvas to create work of art in the style of American abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock.

New this year are the Alexander Calder-like mobiles, created by students under the tutelege of sculptor Mark Larkin. Many of the participating artists perfect their paintings in the league's art academy "Paint Like the Masters" classes.

Visitors get to decide what paintings they like the best in the people's choice vote. The winners will hang in the gallery after the festival. One ballot will be chosen to receive two free tickets to the arts center's opening night of "Dreamgirls." And, if one painting really hits home, visitors can take it home. All work is for sale.

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