Hilton Head Island Art Festival

Art by Brandie Butcher

Art by Brandie Butcher

With its historical charm and Southern hospitality, South Carolina is a haven for rest and relaxation. Add to that some cultural flair and a pinch of coastal magnificence and you’ve got South Carolina’s Lowcountry. This coastal section of the state is well known for its natural beauty and unique lifestyle, which is why we’re thrilled that we will be heading back to the area for the 7th Annual Hilton Head Island Art Festival, happening May 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the beautiful Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina.

Photo by David Shipper

Photo by David Shipper

When we talk art festivals, we love to give you the skinny on what you can expect, and this is what’s on the menu: free admission for you and your family; hundreds of fine artists, crafters and vendors sharing their talents; along with potential gifts or personal mementos in a wide range of prices.

You may already know all of these things, though. So let’s talk about five things that make the South Carolina lowcountry such a special place to visit with the family.

Paddles by James Herndon

Paddles by James Herndon

1) Charming historical sites. From the Coastal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head to the Charles Towne Landing Historical Park, there are countless locales in Hilton Head Island and neighboring areas where you and your family can explore local and national history. Learn about the Civil War at the  Fort Howell Civil War Historic Site, or visit nearby Tybee Island to see one of the oldest lighthouses in the South.

2) Decadent coastal dining. Every coastal town loves their seafood, and Hilton Head Island is no exception. But seafood isn’t the only thing you’ll find at the wonderful dining establishments in the area. More than 250 restaurants of all types celebrate Lowcountry dining in their own way, whether you’re in the mood for authentic Southern cuisine or a succulent cut of steak.

Jewelry by Laura Nigro

Jewelry by Laura Nigro

3) Breathtaking landscapes. Hilton Head Island is known for its natural beauty, from lakes and lagoons, to nature walks and parks. Take a look around and experience the majesty of the live oak tree, indigenous to the Lowcountry area, or take a hike down one of the many peaceful nature paths in the area.

4) Beautiful beaches. Of course, who can think of Hilton Head Island and not think beach life? Now that summer is almost around the corner, the weather is fine for some fun in the sun. What better place to experience a sunset than in the pristine cool beaches of Hilton Head Island?

Photo by Willard Smith

Photo by Willard Smith

5) Interesting local culture. Experience the unique history and culture that touches Hilton Head Island, from the art galleries and museums to local events and celebrations highlighting local heritage.

Don’t miss entering the free art giveaway which this time around features “Beach Bound Pelican,” a gorgeous beach painting by talented participating artist Ed Hendrix, valued at $450. It’s an original 32″ x 20″ digital illustration decoupaged onto a salvaged piece of old heart of pine that’s over 100 years old. To learn more about the artist, click to follow him on his Facebook page.

Take this weekend to really get to know the charm of Hilton Head Island by visiting the Hilton Head Island Art Festival and meeting the artists and crafters from near and far. Meet wonderful local talent like mixed media artist Brandie Butcher, exotic wood artist James Herndon, photographers David Shipper and Willard R. Smith, and don’t miss jewelry artist Laura Nigro. You’ll get the chance to speak to hundreds of artists from all over the country about their craft and their creative process, all against the backdrop of a Coastal Southern paradise. See you in Hilton Head Island! Don’t forget to share your pics on social media!

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