“Woman Lying on Beach” by Lynne Drake

Lynne Drake, award-winning artist and art instructor, will be the featured artist at Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA) in August. Her exhibit, titled “Perception & Interpretation,” will be on display Aug. 1-28 at the gallery, 8 Church St. in Old Town Bluffton.

The public is invited to meet the artist during a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the gallery.

“I feel I was born with a gift and destined to express that – it is part of my psyche and ingrained in all I do,” Drake said. “I always felt a little different from others, taking notice of things that may otherwise get unnoticed. I have thousands of photos, capturing moments preserved in time. My perception is how I create art, interpreting what I feel and see. My style tends to be illustrative, gravitating towards beauty, nature and figurative work.”

Drake describes herself as a mostly self-taught artist whose earliest memories are rooted in creative expression. She founded and operated an art studio in Long Island where she taught art classes, hosted birthday parties, and exhibited local artists’ works.

Drake attended an art school briefly and then returned much later in life, earning a BFA magna cum laude in graphic design and MALS in art education.

Additionally, Drake is a New York State certified art teacher with experience teaching K-12, group homes and special education. She also assisted in the development and execution of an art program for the National Council for Unity teaching art to inner city school children.

“I believe art is transforming, therapeutic and I love teaching art at all levels,” Drake said.

Drake has led a successful art career — winning awards, judged shows and an active member in several art guilds. She is a member of the All About Art Club in Sun City, The Art League of Hilton Head and SOBA.

Drake spent several years in Long Island and Kansas City, where she reconnected and married her husband, an accomplished artist and sculptor. Together they have six children and 11 grandchildren. Two years ago, they moved to Sun City Hilton Head, where Drake teaches acrylic painting. Drake will teach art classes at SOBA in the fall.

SOBA is a nonprofit organization offering regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions, scholarships, outreach programs and more. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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