“Whistler’s Mother’s Chicken” by Jan Ross

“Fabulous Fakes: Master Artwork Parodies,” a four-day fundraising auction for Art League of Hilton Head, will allow purchasers an opportunity to impress their friends with an original Picasso – or the next best thing.

This exhibit, open June 28 through July 1, is a much-loved and anticipated alternate artistic reality – one in which Monet’s famous water lilies host amphibian residents, a Van Gogh countryside features a very modern putting green, and Whistler’s Mother’s Chicken replaces the original portrait.

Painters of the “Fabulous Fakes” take their inspiration from the old masters. Some artworks are replicas of famous paintings with an often humorous or whimsical twist; others are inspired by the techniques of the masters but have an entirely different subject matter, medium, or color palette.

“This exhibit is a chance to have some fun,” said Kristen McIntosh, Art League general manager. “Artists don’t always have to take their work so seriously, although it is a challenge to duplicate the works of some of the masters. The skill required to create some of these replicas is astonishing.”

All artworks are for sale via a silent auction that can be viewed both in-person and online. A reception to announce the silent auction winners will take place on the last day of the exhibit.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the days of the exhibit.

A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. July 1, the final day of the show, and auction winners will be announced at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be available and the contributing artists will be on hand.

The show and reception are free and open to the public.

Art League of Hilton Head is located at 14 Shelter Cove Lane on Hilton Head Island. The Gallery is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m., and 90 minutes before every Arts Center performance.

For more information, visit artleaguehhi.org or call 843-681-5060.