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Artful appreciation from across the country

Everything from watercolors to woodwork, from photography to pastels will be on display at the Art Market next weekend at Honey Horn.

The market brings together about 90 artists for an all-day showing Saturday and May 1 outside the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island.

Artists come from as near as Hilton Head and as far as Seattle. More than a dozen of those are from the Lowcountry with the rest spread out from around the country. But the focus of the show isn't varying geography but on varying artistry.

When selecting the more than 120 applicants, organizers tried to balance the jewelers with the painters with the sculptors and so on.

Throughout the day, several artists will be giving demonstrations on their art, ranging from mixed media to pottery.

"We've gotten a lot of applicants from outside the area, but we're very fortunate to have so many great local artists, as well," said museum program director Natalie Hefter.

Like every year, a guest judge will be on hand to dole out $5,000 worth of prizes to the participating artists. This year's judge is Ben Thompson, the curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Fla.

For those looking to get to know the artists a bit better, a reception will be held Saturday evening, where prizes will be awarded.

Hilton Head restaurant Street Meet will sell food and drinks and Jack Frost will sell ice cream.

The Art Market is part of "Bravo -- Celebrate the Arts" sponsored by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. The monthlong festival showcases local arts and cultural activities.

The market, originally called the Premier Weekend of the Arts, started 10 years ago as a Hilton Head Area Hospitality Association production at Shelter Cove. The Coastal Discovery Museum took over in 2003.

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