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Admittedly, we’re a bit biased when it comes to dubbing the Lowcountry one of the most aesthetically appealing areas in these great United States. Clearly, though, we aren’t the only ones who find the salty breezes, Spanish moss, and centuries-old oaks that define the area more than a little inspiring. A multitude of artists have converged along the stretch of coast between Charleston and Savannah with one goal in mind: to put their own spin on the pristine beauty of the Lowcountry.

From beach scenes, to Gullah life, to church steeples, to oyster shells, there are a myriad of regional subjects on display at our local galleries. The mediums utilized by each artist to express their unique perspective on the Lowcountry are just as diverse, and include original oil paintings, fine art photography, metal sculptures, glassworks, and handcrafted pottery. Whether you’re an avid local art collector or a visitor looking to take a piece of the Lowcountry home with you, we feel confident that you’ll discover an extraordinary amount of talent at the following locations.

Bluffton Art Galleries

You’ll stumble upon a bevy of art boutiques on Calhoun Street, an iconic promenade that’s a destination in its own right. Keep an eye out for velvety pastel pieces, handmade jewelry, and impressionistic landscapes all housed in charming cottages rather than fussy fine art institutions.

Maye River Gallery
37 Calhoun Street
(843) 757-2633

Pluff Mudd Art
27 Calhoun Street
(843) 757-5590

Society of Bluffton Artists
8 Church Street
(843) 757-6586

The Red Piano Art Gallery
40 Calhoun Street, Suite 201
(843) 247-2049

Palmetto Bluff Artist in Residence Experiences | Summer 2019

Through the Garden & Gun Artist in Residence program, Palmetto Bluff plays host (and home!) to a variety of creatives from across the country. Each month, enjoy the opportunity to interact and talk shop with a different featured artisan. Here’s a look at what’s coming up this summer.

June 24-29: Meet Dustin Scott, an Austin maker crafting artisanal landing nets under the name of Heart Wood Trade. Click here to purchase tickets for a meet and greet, nature photography workshop, and more.

July 15-20: Palmetto Bluff foodies won’t want to miss the chance to engage with chef Vivian Howard, an expert on southern flavors who also happens to be a PBS television personality. Purchase tickets here to learn how to pickle fresh veggies or sit down and enjoy a delicious summer supper comprised of local produce.

August 12-17: Who doesn’t scream for ice cream when it’s summer in the Lowcountry? Click here to grab tickets for a tasting or learn how to craft gelato and unique sorbet flavors with Atlanta’s Honeysuckle Gelato team.

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Beaufort Art Galleries

Without a doubt, Beaufort’s art galleries are one of the reasons we included the town on our list of the 4 Day Trips Every Lowcountry Visitor Should Take. In between stops at the galleries listed below, be sure to grab a sweet tea float at Scout Southern Market. You (definitely) won’t regret it!

Thibault Gallery
815 Bay Street
(843) 379-4278

Atelier on Bay Studio & Gallery
2013 West Street
(843) 470-0266

Daufuskie Island Art Studio

A day trip to Daufuskie Island wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Iron Fish Art studio. Award-winning sculptor Chase Allen is truly world-renowned, but that doesn’t mean he’s unapproachable. In fact, you’re very likely to spot him working on the premises during your visit. See a piece you love but no sign of the artist? Take it home with you and leave your contact information in the studio guest book—Chase will follow up by phone to ask for your credit card number. An artistic encounter unlike any other, guaranteed!

Iron Fish Art
168 Benjies Point Road
(843) 842-9448

Hilton Head Island Art Galleries

Bike rides on the beach, fine dining experiences, Harbour Town sunsets, museum visits…it goes without saying that there’s a ton to see and do during a visit to Hilton Head Island. Rainy day or not, we’d argue that a visit to a local art gallery is well worth a spot on your itinerary.  

The Art League Gallery of Hilton Head
14 Shelter Cove Lane
(843) 681-5060

Camellia Art & Gallery
1 Office Way
(843) 785-3535

Karis Art Gallery
1000 William Hilton Pkwy, the Village at Wexford
(843) 785-5100

Photo courtesy of J. Banks Design Group 

Local goods can also be found at the Bluffton Farmer’s Market which takes place every Thursday from 1-6 pm. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for annual events like the Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood festival, where visitors have the opportunity to discover juried fine art in an open air environment exploding with southern flavor. Download our local’s guide for details about these events and other 2019 happenings!


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