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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
Pluff Mudd Art
27 Calhoun Street
Society of Bluffton Artists
8 Church Street
The Red Piano Art Gallery
40 Calhoun Street, Suite 201
15 Refuge Street in Palmetto Bluff | Offered at $2,095,000 by The Ussery Group
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!
815 Bay Street
Atelier on Bay Studio & Gallery
2013 West Street
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
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
Camellia Art & Gallery
1 Office Way
Karis Art Gallery
1000 William Hilton Pkwy, the Village at Wexford
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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