It’s time for the Beaufort Art Association’s 51st Annual Spring Art Show and Sale. Last year’s judge had to choose winners from among more than 200 entries at a show that was viewed by almost 1,000 visitors. This year’s exhibition has the potential to be even bigger, with entries competing for $2,000 in awards. The show will run from Friday, March 16 through March 25, Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Charles Lind Brown Activity Center, 1001 Hamar Street at Greene Street. All artwork, including the award-winning pieces, will be for sale to the public.
This year’s show will have connections not only to our city’s artistic past, but also our future. In 1962, the “Prologue to Freedom” Committee asked artists to create pieces celebrating the 400th anniversary landing of Jean Ribaut and the Huguenots who founded Port Royal. Catherine Wolfe, one of the founders of the art association and a past president, created one of the winning entries. While the original hangs in the Beaufort City Hall, 1000 prints were made in 1962. One hundred of these remaining prints have been donated to the association and will be available for purchase at the show. A few rare copies signed by Catherine Wolfe will also be available.
The Beaufort Art Association also understands how important it is to encourage young artistic talent for the future. High school students are encouraged to compete for the Litchfield Prize, given in memory of BAA member Geneva Litchfield, which will be presented to the individual who is chosen “Best in Show” among students.
J. Christian Snedeker will judge this year’s entries. He is an associate member of Oil Painters of America. His awards include the 2001 “Best in Show” at the Charleston Artist Guild’s Members’ Exhibit, honorable mentions at the 2001 Charleston People’s Choice Art Exhibit and 2004 Charleston Outdoor Painters Association Paint-Out, and second place at the 2007 Charleston Southern Light Paint Out.