Local wildlife featured at SOBA

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Sandy Utsey Rhodes is the featured artist for August, with her exhibit, "Wildlife Art and More," opening at the Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA) Gallery with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 5.

The exhibit features an artful collection of animals of all shapes and sizes plus several lovely still lifes, figurative paintings and Lowcountry scenes.

Rhodes spends most of the year in the home her husband's father built on the banks of the May River almost 75 years ago. She considers herself lucky to be surrounded by the picturesque Lowcountry.

"Bluffton affords such beautiful scenery which lends itself to painting," she said. "Setting up a canvas, smelling the turpentine and oils from the paint are so satisfying, and there is nothing like looking out over the May River and getting lost in a piece of work."

Rhodes has been painting and drawing since she was a child and was so interested in art that she majored in it, as well as sociology, at Winthrop College. She then taught art in public and private schools for many years.

The work of more than 100 other member artists will also be on display at the gallery. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The gallery is located at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets in Bluffton.

For more information, call 843-757-6586 or visit www.sobagallery.com.

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