Art League's Biennale brings 100 artists from 25 states

"The Balloon Vendor," colored pencil, by Carol Maltby of Hamburg, N.Y.

The 25th Biennale, featuring the best work of artists from all across the country, opens May 2 at Art League of Hilton Head Gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Lane. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 5.

This national, juried art exhibit will showcase approximately 100 artworks selected by jurors from more than 500 entries, based on originality of concept, composition and execution. The selected pieces will be on exhibit through May 31 and will all be available for purchase.

Representing 100 artists from 25 states, including South Carolina, Biennale 2017 promises to be a showcase of exemplary artwork. The national call for entries attracted more than 550 artworks.

The exhibition will feature work across seven media categories, including: Three-Dimensional, Oil or Acrylic, Photography, Pastel, Mixed Media, Watermedia and All Other.

More than $7,000 in prizes will be awarded to the most exemplary works, selected by this year's Biennale judge, Susan Mayfield. Mayfield, a Lowcountry-raised, award-winning artist who splits her time between Salida, Colo., and Charleston, will present the awards at the May 5 opening reception, which is open to the public.

Mayfield will also lead a discussion on her selection process during a Critic's Coffee, from 10 a.m. to noon May 6. The event is open to the public for a $10 fee.

In conjunction with Biennale, Mayfield also will lead a workshop, "Painting a Dynamic Landscape," from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 2-4 at the Art League Academy, 106 Cordillo Parkway.

For registration details contact the Academy Manager at

The Art League Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 90 minutes before all Arts Center performances.

For more information, call 843-681-5060 or visit

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