“Oh Happy Day” by Kristin Griffis

“Audio Visuals,” an exhibit by Kristin Griffis, will be on exhibit this month at Art League of Hilton Head Gallery.

Inspired by music, the art is child-like and fun, with bright colors and bold strokes. “‘Audio Visuals’ is about seeing music portrayed in art, overlapping the senses, seeing something in a new perspective,” Griffis said. “This will be a very colorful exhibit; just as music is lively, ‘Audio Visuals’ will be an exciting sensory experience.”

As a synesthete – someone sees different colors when she hears music – Griffis always paints to music. Most of her paintings are inspired by what she hears and many of them feature musicians.

Griffis, a Hilton Head Island native, is a self-taught, life-long painter unafraid to experiment. From hand-painted clothing to be sold in national clothing catalogs, to musical instrument design, her career and passions have been wide ranging. 

Her artwork hangs in the private collections of musicians and music lovers, and graces the cover of Martin Lesch’s jazz CD “Journey Through Jazz.” Two of her paintings can be seen on General Mills’ Immaculate Baking food packaging.

“Audio Visuals” will be on exhibit at Art League Gallery through July 31. An artist reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. July 7 in the gallery.

Griffis will be holding live painting demos from 10- am. to noon July 14 and 21.

Guests should RSVP for the reception and demos at gallery@artleaguehhi.org to prevent overcrowding. Masks are mandatory for employees and patrons.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday noon-4 p.m., and 90 minutes before Arts Center productions. For more information visit artleaguehhi.org or call 843-681-5060.

Art League is located at 14 Shelter Cove Lane on Hilton Head Island, inside the Art Center of Coastal Carolina.