An exhibit of a dozen oil paintings by island artist Carol Iglesias, a plein air impressionist, are now on display at the new Driftwood Eatery, 5 Waterway Lane on Hilton Head Island.

An opening reception will be held at a later date. The works will be on display through Oct. 5. The eatery is open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.

Almost the entire subject matter of the show is painted from somewhere around the island, Iglesias said.

Relocating to the island has been the inspiration for much of her recent work. Her passion for plein air painting has recently led her to painting palm trees, marshes, sunsets and boats around Hilton Head. You may see her plein air painting at Shelter Cove, Sea Pines, The Rowing Center or somewhere around Hilton Head Plantation.

Iglesias has been a plein air impressionist for the past 22 years and an artist her entire life. She attended Plein Air Magazines plein air conventions in San Diego, Santa Fe and San Francisco; participated in the Plein Air Painters’ U.S. Open on Whidbey Island, Washington; and continues to paint plein air in locations all over the world. These include France, Italy, Greece, the Caribbean and many locations across the U.S.

Iglesias has exhibited her paintings extensively at galleries, museums and shows throughout Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., North Carolina, Iowa, Puerto Rico and Washington State, as well as, participated in shows which have traveled around the U.S.

In 2012, she was awarded a prestigious Artist Residency for one month at “Les Amis de la Grande Vigne” in Dinan, France, the former home and studio of famous French artist Yvonne Jean-Haffen. One of Carol’s paintings was selected for the Museum’s collection and was on exhibit in France during 2013 and again in 2019.

Born in Montreal, Canada, Iglesias grew up in the Pacific Northwest, graduated from Olympic College in Washington State, and continued her study of art at The New School of Visual Concepts in Seattle. Throughout her career, she has lived in various parts of the country. She enjoyed a successful career for 20 years as a graphic designer and art director, and co-founded an award-winning design company in Asheville, North Carolina. 

She is a member of Art League of Hilton Head and exhibits her art there.

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