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Seabrook Island Artist Guild

Located only 30 minutes from historic Charleston, the private community of Seabrook Island is an inspiring destination for nature lovers, novelists, and a creative community of 100+ local talented artists. Surrounded by tranquil views of the Atlantic Ocean, serene Lowcountry waterways, and sunny South Carolina skies, the charm and beauty of Seabrook Island attracts and inspires artists to get outside and paint. 

The Seabrook Island Artist Guild is a community of 100+ local artists from Seabrook Island, Kiawah Island, Johns Island, and nearby Charleston. Their mission is to stimulate creativity, provide learning opportunities, promote and exhibit local artists, and encourage art within the community. Join us as we explore the creative spirit of Seabrook Island’s local artists.

Bob Lefevre’s love for the water and passion for art inspires his realistic maritime oil paintings of shrimp boats on the creeks, Lowcountry marshlands, ocean waves, and his travels through the ocean ports of Europe. Bob inspires local artists and visitors to the island with private or group art lessons in his Seabrook Island home studio.

Peter Boatti is a long time resident of Seabrook Island, an active member of the guild, and a former art student of Bob LeFevre. While he considers himself more of a hobbyist than an artist, his pencil portraits, wildlife paintings, and Lowcountry landscapes reflect his lifelong love and natural talent for art. 

Roberta Boatti’s love for art began at an early age in her mother’s art studio. Her bright and vibrant artwork is inspired by the landscapes of the South Carolina Lowcountry and the rich African American Gullah culture still thriving in the sea islands today.

Inspired by nature, Lauren Smith-Nagel blurs the lines between abstraction and realism in her expressive and colorful abstract landscapes. Her oil and cold wax paintings reflect “loosely assembled” images of the coastal landscapes surrounding her Seabrook Island home and studio.

Pat Van de Graaf is an award-winning printmaker and artist best known for her intricate silk screen and hand tinted etchings. After moving to the Lowcountry, her passion for painting was reignited and she captures the simplistic and unique beauty of nature in her watercolor and oil paintings.

Stemming from a family of sailors and growing up on the water, Rob Bavier paints “the world of water and boats” capturing the changing moods of the sea islands in watercolor, oils and pastels. His paintings have received “Best Watercolor” and “Best in Show” at juried exhibits, and he is the current Vice President of the Seabrook Island Artist Guild.

Gary Kunkelman’s paintings are “inspired by the beauty, energy and traditions of the sea” and a decade of study with maritime painter Jack Coggins. His art accurately depicts moments in maritime history and moments inspired by the waterways and oceans of coastal South Carolina.

Cynthia Reddersen has been creating art and photography since childhood – the seclusion and serenity of Seabrook Island is all the inspiration she needs to be creative. Her artwork ranges from plein air paintings in watercolors and oils to abstract art and impressionist landscapes.

Debbe Falls Finkelstein is an artist inspired by the ocean and loves to explore all skills and methods of creativity. She began her artistic adventure with traditional oil painting and now creates amazing abstract art with acrylics and alcohol inks infused with vibrant colors, textures, and layers of metallic pigments for a unique 3D effect.

During your stay on Seabrook Island, stop by the Patricia Reno Huff Gallery & Art Studio in Freshfields Village. Pat is a local Seabrook Island artist who uses a variety of different oil painting techniques including palette knife and glazing and offers local art workshops at her studio in Freshfields Village. 

Seabrook Island Artist Guild Exhibitions & Sale Shows

Seabrook Island Lake House & Oyster Catcher Community Center

The Seabrook Island Artist Guild meets at the Lake House on the 3rd Tuesday of every month (outside of summer). The Lake House frequently hosts free demonstrations and art classes by visiting guests or guild artists in the Live Oak Hall, rotating exhibits on the gallery wall, and art shows and sales throughout the year.

  • February: SIPOA Art Show
  • April: Spring/Easter Show
  • May: Memorial Day Show
  • July: Independence Day Art Show
  • September: Labor Day Weekend Art Show
  • October: Pastel Workshop with Amelia Rose Smith
  • November: Thanksgiving Art Show
  • December: Palette Knife Techniques with James Pratt

It’s views like this that inspire our local Seabrook Island artists – serenity, seclusion, and the sweet sounds of nature! Find an enchanting and luxurious Lowcountry artist escape with Seabrook Exclusives. With a selection of 70+ vacation rentals on the island, your dream home away from home awaits.

Book online or call our team today on (843) 768-0808 – we know the unique characteristics of each home to match you with the perfect Seabrook Island rental.  

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