Margi Smith’s mission is simple — “saving dull walls one painting at a time.”
Smith is The Society of Bluffton Artists’ October featured artist whose exhibit will run Oct. 2-29 with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the SOBA gallery, located in Old Town Bluffton. The events are free and open to the public.
“Wonder Filled Wanderings” exhibit will feature a collection of abstract acrylic paintings. Smith is known to grab oil pastels, pencils, hardware tools, water bottles, string, scrapers, anything that makes an interesting mark, to get the painting to make the statement she wants to convey. Her work explores the journey of the environment around that she calls home and the magic that a place or time brings — including the shared moments with people and places she loves that define her life's experience. Many of the pieces in the series are influenced by her walks through beautiful country roads with dear friends, reflecting the love of friendship, the bonds of shared roots and the beauty of nature.
“I am inspired by the magic moments that happen in nature, with the movement of applied paint. When we don’t even notice until we step back and really look, allowing ourselves to understand the seen and unseen,” Smith said. “Those are the moments that sparkle with enchantment; when we stop and see what is in front of us.”
Smith studied studio art and English Literature at Skidmore College. In addition to being a member of SOBA, she’s also a member of The Art League of Hilton Head in SC, an exhibiting member of The Newburyport Art Association in MA and INNERSPACE Fine Art Gallery in North Reading, MA. where she has been a solo featured artist and as well as a permanent hanging artist involved in group shows.
Among Smith’s many awards include: the Essex Art Center's Salon Show and Art Sale Exhibition 2021, 2022 and 2023, 6th Street Art Studios in Los Angeles "Lazy Days of Summer" exhibition June 2023, the 2023 Curves Exhibizone International Online Show, 2023 SoloS-10th International Solo Exhibition, etc.
Smith’s experience also includes the Squam Art Workshops over the last 10 years, an Art Residency in Summerville, SC and a member in Art Tribe in the United Kingdom.
“If I can bring joy to a canvas and have someone experience their own sense of joy, playfulness or whatever is going on with them at that moment, I have captured the moment and got the viewer to feel something inside,” Smith said. “To see within while looking without. It’s an internal journey, once explored will forever change you.”
For more information, visit https://www.MargiSmithArtWorks.com.
About The Society of Bluffton Artists:
SOBA is the heart of the flourishing 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. The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sundays. Please visit www.sobagallery.com for a complete calendar of events and other information or call 843-757-6586.
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