Members only: BCAC’s annual exhibit opens Thursday

Published 7:59 pm Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A variety of work will be featured in BCAC's 2013 Members' Exhibit.  BCAC | CONTRIBUTED

A variety of work will be featured in BCAC’s 2013 Members’ Exhibit.

This year’s Beaufort County Arts Council’s Members’ Exhibit may contain the works of a few unfamiliar names. The show had more artists enter work than first anticipated.

BCAC invites members to enter up to two works in the annual contest. Usually, about 40 artists take it up on the offer. This year, the exhibit will feature 64 different artists and 115 artworks.

Joey Toler, BCAC executive director, said the increase could be the result of a number of factors. Members who are novice painters may have taken the plunge and entered artwork for the first time or membership may be up this year.

“I’m not sure what it means, but I’ll take it,” he said.

The nonjuried exhibit will open this evening with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Washington Civic Center. With the balmy climate and rising participation, Toler expects a big turnout.

“I’m looking forward to seeing our supporters and our friends,” he said.

This year’s exhibit might have a few surprises. Toler said the submitted work is a nice blend of traditional and abstract pieces.

“This show really covers the map as far as the subject,” he said. “There are a few pieces that are a little more abstract, a little more thought-provoking than you’ve seen before.”

As in previous years, the show attracted a wide range of talent and experience. Toler said the show plays an important role in the development of new and emerging artists.

“This show is an opportunity for artists who are just beginning careers or artists who create work for fun to begin the experience of participating in a professional exhibition,” he said. “While the show features work by members who exhibit nationally, it also includes those whose work is being seen by the public for the first time.”

There is just as much variance in the pricing of the artwork. The show is usually one of the biggest draws in revenue for the organization, which takes a small commission from each purchase.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who is just starting to collect art or someone who is looking to grow their collection,” Toler said. “There’s something for every budget.”

Prices range from $50 and higher. One of the biggest pieces surprised Toler with a  $2,500 price tag. He expected it to be more expensive.

The free exhibit runs through June 27.

For more information about this exhibit or other programs offered by BCAC, call 252-946-2504 or by email sent to