“Where Hope Stands” by Judy Blahut

“Masked, Hiding Behind Plain Sight,” an exhibit of artwork by Judy Blahut, will be featured at Art League Gallery Nov 3-28. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 4.

Blahut’s work, reminiscent of kaleidoscopic images, is largely abstract and inspired by nature. This collection of acrylic paintings, charcoal drawings and sculptures aims to explore the space between the observable and the hidden in the form of an object. Blahut deconstructs natural objects such as plants and shells and reassembles them in a new way, thereby creating a new relationship between the object and the viewer. “It’s an exploration of life interrupted yet forever connected,” she said.

Blahut’s background is in education, but painting has always been her passion. “My paintings are an extension of my emotional and physical life. They are the most authentic part of me. … They are the expression of the inner emotional places that I pass through daily. The painting’s method is interrupted and fractured in order to illustrate the fragility of what we experience and hold as our truth, masked or obvious.”

Blahut will lead a gallery walk at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, and hold a demo of her work at 11 a.m. Nov. 25. RSVP to gallery@artleaguehhi.org to attend any of these events as spots are limited, in order to facilitate social distancing.

Art League Gallery is dedicated to providing as safe an environment as possible. To that end, Art League is following all CDC and Town of Hilton Head guidelines, including mandatory masks for patrons and all employees, contactless and cashless service, frequent sanitization of the gallery, and a limit of 10 visitors in the gallery at any one time except during special events.

The works of more than 170 member artists, in a variety of media, also are on display. The exhibit changes monthly.

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

Art League Gallery is located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane on Hilton Head Island. For more information, visit artleaguehhi.org or call 843-681-5060.