Joselyn Moreno, Bluffton High School

The Society of Bluffton Artists will feature the artwork of local high school students in its annual Student Art Exhibit, slated for Feb. 6-March 5. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the gallery, located in Old Town Bluffton.

This year, three schools are participating in the student art exhibit: Bluffton High School, May River High School and Cross Schools. High school students involved in their schools’ arts programs often go on to pursue careers in art, design or photography.

“SOBA is committed to its mission of providing art education and art appreciation to the local community,” said Cynthia Van Nus, SOBA event organizer. “The art show gives students a chance for public recognition for their talents and achievements, the same that is given to student athletes, science projects and music concerts.”

John Cullinen, arts teacher at Cross Upper School, said Cross Schools has a growing art program that infuses traditional media with digital art and photography – a sampling of which will be shown in the upcoming show.

“The opportunity to showcase our student work in a professional gallery will create a lifelong memory for our students at Cross Upper School,” he said. 

Bluffton High School’s art program includes ceramics, drawing, media arts, painting and photography. The students have prepared ink drawings, charcoal still life, a ceramic medley, acrylic on canvas and digital print, said Andrea Pejeau, a National Art Honor Society Advisor and art instructor at Bluffton High. 

May River High School students will exhibit photography, pottery and paintings – all of which are looking to embrace the whimsical side of life and the beauty of the Lowcountry

“For me teaching art is more than creating, it is about building connections to our visual society,” said Elizabeth Schlieger, the Fine Arts Department Chair at May River High School. “Helping students understand not just how things are created, but why, and then developing an understanding of their place amongst that world.”

SOBA is located in Bluffton’s historic District at the corner of Church and Calhoun streets. SOBA offers regular art classes, featured artist shows, exhibitions and more. For more information, visit or call 843-757-6586.