Fourth annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival to draw more than 150 artists

jpaprocki@islandpacket.comMay 25, 2012 

  • The Hilton Head Island Art Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 26-27 at Shelter Cove Harbour. Admission is free.

    Details: www.artfestival.com

Photographers, sculptors, painters, jewelers and artists of every kind will be selling their wares at the fourth annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival at Shelter Cove Harbour this weekend. More than 150 artists will be there -- quite a daunting number.

Almost all come from outside the area (except for island photographer Patty Gosdin), so their art will be new to locals. Howard Alan Events, based in Florida, organizes about 40 similar events nationwide.

To help navigate the festival, we've narrowed down the field to give a sample of what is offered. Here are four unique artists who will be appearing at Shelter Cove.

Cheryl Ward

Art: Cattail Reeds

From: West Dundee, Ill.; St. Augustine, Fla.

Ward collects, dries and sizes cattail reeds into original art. Taking a cue from her husband, Steven, a fellow artist, she started lining up reeds and using them as a canvas to paint abstract work.

Steve Vaughn

Art: Photography

From: Winter Park, Fla.

Vaughn is known for his vibrant, panoramic shots of beach scenes from Florida up to the Jersey Shore. A former newspaper editor, Vaughn retired to take up photography and painting.

Sheron Davis

Art: Glasswork

From: Decatur, Ga.

Davis has worked with various art forms since graduating with a degree in art from Penn State University nearly 40 years ago. Her stained and fused glass, many in the shape of sealife, has themes of light playing off water.

Robin Aronson

Art: Jewelry

Home: Jacksonville, Fla.

Aronson uses anodized aluminum to create colorful necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The anodizing process, which involves submersing the metal in a solution and running an electric current through it, means that the aluminum can be dyed or colored.

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