“The Explorers” by Linda Armstrong

Representing artists from across the country, including South Carolina, Art League of Hilton Head’s 28th national juried “Biennale” promises to be a showcase of exemplary artwork. 

The exhibit will be on display from May 16 to June 17 at the Art League Gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Lane. 

An awards reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 19. It is free and open to the public.

The national call for entries attracted 639 artworks from 35 states. Top pieces were selected based on originality of concept, composition and execution. The exhibition, which is the longest-running national juried art exhibition in the area, will feature multiple media types including oil, acrylic, pastel, watermedia, photography, mixed media, and three-dimensional.

More than $5,000 in prizes will be awarded to the most outstanding works, selected by this year’s “Biennale” judge, Aline Ordman, a pastelist known for her vivid paintings and creative use of color. 

Ordman recently won the top prize in the Pastel Journal 100 competition. She is an award-winning Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, a Signature Member of both the American Impressionistic Society and the Oil Painters of America, and a Master Circle Pastelist with the International Association of Pastel Societies. 

Ordman will be on hand to present the awards at the May 19 reception. She also lead a discussion on her selection process during the Critic’s Coffee at the gallery, from 10 a.m. to noon May 20. The cost is $10; RSVP to gallery@artleaguehhi.org.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, and 90 minutes before all Arts Center performances.

For more information, call 843-681-5060 or visit artleaguehhi.org.

Art League of Hilton Head is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit visual arts organization on Hilton Head Island with a synergistic art gallery and teaching Academy.

Art League Academy welcomes artists and students in all media at all skill levels, including true beginners. Taught by professional art educators, students can choose from many art classes and workshops that change monthly.