“Art Beyond Tradition: Interpretations” is the title of the current exhibit in the gallery space at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island.

A Meet & Greet with the artists will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20. The exhibit will be on display through March 6. Artist Walks will be held every Thursday from noon to 2 p.m.

When the Art Beyond Tradition Group first started exhibiting together on Hilton Head in 2006, their goal was simple: To make abstract art approachable to those who find it hard to understand and to elicit a response from the viewer, whatever that response might be.

Founders Irene Williamson and Jo Dye believed that mounting regular local exhibitions of purely abstract work could promote an appreciation and understanding of this sometimes perplexing movement.  The goal is to make abstract art approachable and fun.

This year’s show includes art by these accomplished local artists:  Earline Allen, Joanna Chalson, Cindy Chiappetta, Margaret Crawford, John Crum, Jo Dye, Vickie Jourdan, Mark Larkin, Sharon Collings Licata, Donna Varner, Arla Crumlich Wible, and Irene K. Williamson. 

These artists work in a variety of media: oil, acrylic, graphite, ink, encaustic, collage, watercolor, and sculpture in metal and stone. What’s more, they offer the visitor their unique interpretations of the art form.

They are explorers and experimenters who will show viewers new ways of seeing and thinking about abstract art. Allow yourself to engage color, shape, line, surface and texture, and finally, formulate your own “interpretations.”

By focusing on how art’s formal elements can inform abstraction, they each allow line, color, form, texture, shape and value to drive their diverse production. Imagination and experimentation are the only other requirements.

Coastal Discovery Museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information visit coastaldiscovery.org.