“Super Moon,” a photograph by Jeff Keefer

A new monthly outdoor art event premieres Sept. 3 at The Shops at Sea Pines Center. First Thursdays Art Market will showcase the works of the Artists of Sea Pines, an alliance of more than 40¬ artists who live in the community.

Several artists will personally show and sell their work each month from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Musical performances and art demonstrations will be part of the event, as well as in-store events hosted by the center’s merchants.

The Artists of Sea Pines was formed in 2012 to support the creativity of its members by exhibiting and promoting their works. While several members are lifelong art professionals, others met in classes at the Hilton Head Art League Academy, or through membership in the Art League. Banding together also gave them the opportunity to learn from each other and socialize over the subject they love.

The artists have also supported their community since the very beginning, donating 10% of their sales to the Sea Pines Forest Preserve.

“A lot of us didn’t have the chance to devote time to our painting or photography until we moved here, and when we did the beauty of our surroundings was a big inspiration,” said Rosemary Kimball, who helped organize the group and served as its volunteer director until earlier this year. “So giving back to nature through the Forest Preserve seemed like the right thing to do.”

The group’s gallery, located inside the CSA Community Room at Sea Pines Center, is currently open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

“With COVID, we’ve had to limit the hours and the number of visitors in the gallery,” said artist Pam White, who took over the leadership this summer. “But seeing the interest from residents and visitors who want to support our work and meet our artists, we were looking for a way to connect.”

Since their gallery is located in Sea Pines Center, it seemed a natural extension to step out into the outdoor plaza – and the Center’s management and merchants were supportive of hosting a monthly art market. 

The plan is to rotate the artists each month, with September exhibitors to include Bill Adair, Arla Crumlick, Gillian Horsley, Jeff Keefer (who also owns VIVID Gallery in the Center), Denise Liotta, Bill Pender, Holly Pobis, Barb Snow, Pam White and Patti Zeigler.

“We are fortunate to have a group of people with such diverse talent,” said White. “First Thursdays will give us a chance to share our work with more people, and exhibiting outside in the plaza ensures plenty of space for social distancing to keep our guests and artists safe.”

For more information, visit ArtistsOfSeaPines.com or call White at 864-247-1194.