The current exhibit, by Art Beyond Tradition – a consortium of artists founded here in 2002 – is a powerful reminder that “modern” art is genuine, authentic. Being surrounded by natural beauty, Outside The Lines reminds us that the need to express our inner response to the world is part of human nature.
The standout works are too numerous to mention, but have a look at “Tarnished Bling,” by Irene K. Williamson, or “Storm Warning” by Art Cornell for example. In these, and in dozens of other works, Outside The Lines is disarming in its candor, its sincerity. The experience stays with you.
Outside The Lines is showing at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn through June 26.
Presenting nature and culture in the same voice is a defining characteristic of Honey Horn today. In 2007 the Coastal Discovery Museum took up residence here in addition to its handy site at 100 William Hilton Parkway, near mile marker 1. The Hack family’s gift of Honey Horn Plantation gave the Museum a 68-acre slice of Hilton Head Island as it was before the bridges, and a unique environment where you can breathe in everything that Islanders find so hard to describe with just words.
The quiet, the massive live oaks dripping Spanish moss, the luxury of space and time work their magic together. You can stroll, amble, peruse at Honey Horn. But it would never occur to one to hurry here. Even the buildings speak quietly of a way of life based on the heart and the hands. The structures are so kindly blended into the ancient trees, and so unassuming, that their astute, adaptive architecture goes almost unnoticed.
Honey Horn is certainly a must-see for visitors to Hilton Head Island, and Outside The Lines is a compelling reason to go now.