David Rankin, award-winning watercolorist, will serve as judge for the 2021 SOBA Judged Show.

Lowcountry artists are invited to submit their works of art for the Society of Bluffton Artists’ (SOBA) 27th Annual Judged Show, to be held next year.

Winners will be awarded first, second and third place cash awards in the following categories: acrylic, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, watercolor or 3-D.

Registration is required by completing a registration form available at the gallery, located at 6 Church St. in Old Town Bluffton, or by registering online at bit.ly/27thjudgedshow.

The judge for the show is David Rankin, whose award-winning watercolors are in public and private art collections in the U.S., India and China. His works have been featured in more than 150 museum exhibitions, and are included in the North Light’s series, Splash: The Best of Watercolor, and Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing, as well as in numerous art magazines.

Rankin promotes conservation and appreciation of the natural world through his paintings and has worked with organizations such as the International Crane Foundation, the Wild Bird Society of Japan, the Corporate Conservation Council-Japan and the Smithsonian Institution.

He is a Signature Member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, Artists for Conservation, and the Society of Animal Artists where he has served on the board since 1990. Rankin is one of the true modern-day masters of transparent watercolors, exuding a dynamic passion for the medium in his lectures, demonstrations, and workshop instruction. His art reflects his profound passion for both watercolor and nature.

A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, he lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, Deanna.

The cost to register is $25 for SOBA members and $45 for non-members. The deadline for dropping off art is March 1, 2021, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Center for Creative Arts, located next door to the SOBA gallery at 8 Church St. No entries will be accepted after 11 a.m.

Additional registration information and a full list of rules are available online at bit.ly/27thjudgedshow.

The Judged Show exhibit will be on display from March 1 to April 5 at the SOBA gallery. An awards ceremony will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. March 3. These events are free to attend and open to the public.

Artists can pick up unsold artwork at the end of the show, from 9 to 11 a.m. April 5 at the gallery.

SOBA is part of the art hub in Old Town Bluffton’s historic district, at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. As a non-profit art organization, SOBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions, scholarships, outreach programs and more. For more information, visit sobagallery.com or call 843-757-3776.