Arts & Culture

Your next painting in the making

If there's one thing Lowcountry art patrons can't get enough of, it's birds.

The Endangered Arts gallery on Hilton Head Island hosts special events twice a year where patrons can watch artists paint live. Gallery owner Julie Rogers said at an event last year, someone made a suggestion to one of the painters at work.

"Somebody was looking at the painting and he said, 'You know what, I like that painting but could you put another bird in it?' And the artist said, 'Yeah, no problem,'<2009>" Rogers said. "You can personalize the painting while the artist is here."

Endangered Arts' next show will be at the gallery from 5 to 9 p.m. today and Saturday. It features three artists -- Disney animation veteran James Coleman, Lowcountry realist Rodel Gonzalez and black-and-white seascape painter Phillip Anthony. The trio will be discussing their work, unveiling new pieces and painting live.

It's a chance for people to get to know the artists and get a peek at the cve process. Rogers said the artists enjoy the opportunity to connect with fans and draw inspiration from the Lowcountry's unique environment.

"James Coleman just absolutely loves to come here," she said. "He says it's beautiful. He said, 'Do you know how lucky you are to have oak trees in your parking lot?' I said, 'Yeah, I do.'<2009>"

Julie and her husband, Clay, have owned the gallery at 841 William Hilton Parkway in South Island Square for 17 years. It's open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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