SOBA searches for new members

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The art district in Bluffton is growing, but where do local artists go to network, to exhibit or to sell their works?

The founding members of The Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA) had this in mind when they started the non-profit organization in 1991. Today, SOBA is a thriving community with an eclectic art gallery and Center for Creative Arts instructional studio in Old Town Bluffton.

The group's organizers have recently ramped up a membership drive in search of new local artists - from painting and collage to printmaking and sculpture.

"Members are the lifeblood of SOBA," said Bill Bogle, a member photographer and president of SOBA. Membership provides display opportunities, discounts and other benefits.

There are three levels of annual membership.

Starting Membership is $75 and includes discounted rental fees of the Center for Creative Arts for private events, invitation to artist member networking events, discounted classes and workshops, as well as promotional opportunities on the website and newsletter.

Exhibiting Membership starts at $200 and includes the starting membership, plus offers artists the opportunity to display and to sell their artwork in the SOBA gallery.

The Friends of SOBA donor membership offers three levels of giving that range from $125 to $500 and includes all of the benefits of the starting membership. Contributions are 100% tax-deductible.

Membership is open in all visual art categories. The jewelry membership categories are filled, but those interested can be added to a wait list.

For more information, contact Mary Burrell, chair of the membership committee, at maryellenburrell@aol.com, or visit SOBAgallery.com.

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