Artists offer wide range of creations at Hilton Head Art Festival

By Stephen Fastenau

May 24, 2015
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The color drew Linda Snyder, as it had several years ago.

The bright reds, yellows, oranges and blues from David Edmund's tent fit Snyder's eye for contemporary art. She picked up two pieces, including some attractive framing, for $500.

They were wrapped in black plastic and picked up by her husband, Fred, for the short trip home to Shipyard Plantation, where the couple has lived more than 20 years since moving from Indiana.

"You see it, you like it," said Linda Snyder, who said she picked out a piece from across the parking lot one year at a show in St. Augustine. "I went by and I saw this and came back around."

There was something for most any taste at the seventh annual Hilton Head Art Festival at Shelter Cove Harbour on Sunday. Edmund, who sold the Snyders their paintings, said he first started out trying to craft landscapes, portraits -- something to appeal to everyone.

He learned to stick with what moves him, that those who appreciate it will seek it out. Just like Linda.

"People ask for meaning, I just don't have it," said Edmund, born and raised in Brazil to an Austrian father and American mother. "It really is about colors merging together."

Edmund said artists' styles and tastes differ, that none are right or wrong, but what separates them is the time commitment needed to become great.

For some, that time isn't such a luxury.

Bluffton's Karen Menzies crafts jewelry from her Rose Hill home. One of the few local vendors at Shelter Cove, she said she visits only about a show each month while working full-time.

She doesn't sell her creations online and said her best-performing jewelry varies.

"It just kind of started with some beads and some wire and went from there," she said.

The offerings in Shelter Cove included sculptures and clothing, fire pits and photographs.

One of the more popular stations was manned by Mick Whitcomb, who repurposes turn-of-the-century items like old Remington typewriters, surveyor's transits and fans to use as lamps. The finds come from Depression-era barns or estate sales, Whitcomb said.

One of the Missouri business's primary sellers are tables made from old printing presses and table saws. But the two-ton furniture is too big for the road.