There’s a New Place in Town for Creatives
By Jacie Elizabeth Millen
Photography (right) by Christian Lee
Top Photos Supplied by BoArt
Art is something that makes history. Historically, Hilton Head Island’s main attractions have cast a shadow on the astounding artistic talent that is hidden throughout the Lowcountry. Thanks to Bobbie Fertig, a local artist and founder of the new maker’s space, BoArt, the shadow is getting smaller. When creating BoArt, also known as Bo, Bobbie’s thought process wasn’t to open another art gallery and show off her own work, but to create a place where many artists could have a chance to showcase their work and shine, too. However, the end product exceeded the vision.
Bo became a collaborative community space where local residents can come and make art, build projects and learn new skills. “It’s meant to be a fresh oasis for people, where people and their art can fit in,” said Mira Scott, a local artist and Bobbie’s right hand.
Bo isn’t just for people to come and make art, but to showcase their art, as well.
This studio is like no other; it’s offers a warm, inviting ambiance, perfect for artists to connect with their craft and pieces. It’s a place conducive for creatives to focus on their art—at any level— without distractions. An ideal situation for an artists, Bo is a safe, real environment where imaginations are unfettered. Plus, with goals like trying to spark an art district on Hilton Head, Bo, itself, is a work of art in progress.
BoArt is also an event venue where events such as art showcases, book signings, formal galas, fundraisers and so much more can be held. The variety of uses Bo provides is a true gift to the art world on the island. “It’s an ever-evolving thing that can’t be found anywhere else on the island. It truly is a great community tool, and we want to share it with everyone,” Bobbie said.
With the support of several key people, including Jennifer Winzeler, a huge force in helping BoArt soar and a current board member, and the feedback received, their mission is being validated. Another goal is to keep growing by attracting new, young artists to come think outside the box at Bo, show off their talents and be able to showcase their art without hassle. With Bo, there is no hassle. “It’s as easy as a gym membership,” Mira laughed. Memberships are offered for any amount of time—by the day or by the year—however long the artist needs and enjoys it. “My favorite part of Bo is being able to create ideas and pieces alongside other artists, who are truly inspiring,” said Bobbie.
Of special interest to those new to the art scene or wanting to try a new medium, Bo offers tools to help members unleash and craft their creativity. These tools include items such as a pottery kiln, machinery that cuts and polishes stones, fused glass equipment and more. Classes are also offered— anything from pottery to jewelry making to belly dancing.
With such a diverse community on Hilton Head Island, it needed a diverse way of thinking, and Bobbie has served the community well in just a few short seven months through BoArt. That’s right! BoArt is only seven-months-old and already changing the community one artist at a time.
The current BoArtists include Bobbie Fertig, Mira Scott, Logan Leggs, Tayloe Cook, Christian Adams, Christine Hanses, Lanier Bradberry, Jack McNulty, and Jane Kaskie. These artists make art delicious to the eyes and have such incredible talent.
Artist and Bo member Logan Leggs sums it up: “I really have found a place where I can fit in but can stand out at the same time.”
BoArt Upcoming Class & Event Information
Class: The Art of the Belly Dance: 4-week beginners class on Tuesday evenings October 15, 22, 29 & November 5 at 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Event: Friday, October 11: Marjory Wentworth, Poet Laureate of South Carolina, $20 ticketed event, Reception begins at 5:00 p.m., Speaker at 5:30 p.m., Book sale and signing 6:30 p.m. For an additional cost of $95 have dinner with Marjory Wentworth at Trattoria Divina (seating limited to 16-20 guests). Dinner 7:30 p.m.
Event: Wednesday, October 23: 5:00-7:00 pm Book signing and panel discussion with author Wendall Churchill Confessions of Madness: My Journey with Mental Illness.
For more information, please visit www.boarthhi.com, or contact BoArt at 843-256-8348. Go check it out at 19 Dunnagans Alley, Hilton Head Island, 29928.