Take part in the art! Art Market flourishes at Honey Horn.

Be ready for a more active role than just browsing, when you visit the annual Art Market at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation, Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th.

The artists themselves are there – it’s one of the rules – so ask away if their view, their technique or their media intrigue you.  Demonstrations are going

Under the oaks at Art Market

on all around you – pottery, weaving, glass firing, metalworking, wood turning.  So learn if you like.  And see if your impressions match those of the judge, when ribbons are placed and $5,000 in prizes are awarded.

This marks the tenth year of the juried fine art and craft festival outdoors.

Clay artists Martha and Gaff Pearce

You can join them for an artists’ reception Saturday evening, April 28, with reservations, and just $20 per person.  The party features food and beverages from some of Hilton Head Island’s favorite restaurants.

The sheer variety of media sets Art Market apart, from the watercolors of Christine Crosby to the dreamlike bark-and-fiber

Book making by Jim Norton

forms of Kim Keats.  And the outdoor setting is simply unbeatable.  Often the artists exhibiting here are inspired by the setting to start a work on the spot.

Honey Horn has that effect on people.  For over two hundred years this rich stand of live oaks, open fields and salt marshes has been both a haven for visitors and a good place to work at peace with nature.  So the structures restored here on Honey Horn Plantation are windows into how people lived

Tidal Creek At Edisto by Christine Crosby

in the Lowcountry long before the first bridge was built, just a half century ago.  And miraculously, Honey Horn is in the midst of everything, where the Cross Island Parkway joins Highway 278.

Discovery House at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn Plantation is one of the art community’s favorite exhibit spaces at any time.  Open daily from 9 to 4:30 and Sunday from 11 to 3, its tall windows and human-size rooms seem to make the outdoors part of any exhibit, even the ones that take place inside.

A blue plate mandala by Byron & Georgia Knight

Now though, take advantage of an outdoor festival in the full flower of a Lowcountry spring.  Don’t miss Art Market at Honey Horn Plantation April 28th and 29th.  Admission is free and there’s a $6 parking donation.  For reservations to the artists’ reception, 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, just call 843-689-6767, extension 224.