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The impulse to save our most cherished moments is a powerful force. When you ask people to choose three possessions to save from a burning house, one of the most common answers is a photo album.

Maybe that’s because photographs tell the stories of our lives – a timeline of memories filled with faces we love and places we have been. Photos speak directly to our emotions; they capture our attention and give us the power to show people who we are and what we do.

When composed professionally, they shine a light on our personalities, relationships, and families. After all, every human emotion has a place in photography.

Whether you need to steal someone’s attention with a stunning headshot or want to save your most loving family moments, I can help.

My name is Adam Chandler, and as a professional photographer in Bluffton, SC I delight in the adventure of photography. I constantly immerse myself in whatever genre I’m shooting and seek new ways of bonding with my subjects to provide them with a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Unlike other photographers, I use my technical knowledge of photography, ability to connect with people, and artistic creativity to produce memorable photos for my clients. I believe that providing folks with a client-centric experience sets me apart from other photographers in Bluffton.

Some professionals may be wonderful composers but cannot understand what their customers want. Others are great at connecting but don’t have the training or experience to make their work truly special.

When you choose Adam Chandler Photography, rest assured that you are hiring a photographer with creativity, imagination, and a keen eye for detail. You won’t ever have to worry about sacrificing one quality for another.

I have a wide range of professional experience in the world of photography. I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of subjects, from local families to corporate business professionals in the Lowcountry. As a photographer in Bluffton with more than a decade of experience, my top priority is not only to capture beautiful images but also to provide you with a relaxing, enjoyable photography session.

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Now that you know a little about my background, let’s take a look at some of my most popular photography services in Bluffton:

Our company mission is to exceed expectations

Your family is probably the single most important part of your life. From children to grandparents, and even nieces and nephews, building a strong family bond secures your legacy for the future.

You will grow and change with your family throughout life and encounter many memorable milestones along the way.  One of the best ways to document these milestones and relive your memories is with a family photo session.

I love family photography and strive to pour my soul and creativity into each shoot. While each session is different, I approach each one with the same goal: to capture the unique personality, affection, and energy of each family so I can provide authentic, engaging pictures and a uniquely fun experience.

Whether you have a newborn baby that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Bluffton is an amazing city for family photography. There are so many locations in the Lowcountry that make for great family photography backdrops:

  • Beaches – Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah Island, Hilton Head, Edisto Beach
  • Popular Places – Washington Square, Broad Street, Ravenel Bridge
  • Historical Sites – Bluffton Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

Whatever location you choose for family photography in Bluffton, the Holy City is a wonderful place in which to immerse yourself with friends and family.

As a family photographer in Bluffton, one of the reasons why I love working with families so much is the opportunity to get creative. I gladly accommodate the style preferences my clients are looking for – be it more traditional, posed images, or candid, playful pictures.

I use a relaxed style of direction to get your family engaged in our photography session, to help get authentic expressions that are full of life and happiness.

Here are just a few reasons why families choose Adam Chandler Photography for their family portraits:

Document Family Growth

With each year that passes, we grow – both literally in size and also in mind. Having annual family photographs helps document the advancements and growth you have in life. Family photography in Bluffton is a great way to remember the quirks or personality traits in your children, or to immortalize an important event like a high school graduation. Since we grow and change so fast, many families arrange for yearly family photo sessions to see their family’s growth year over year.

Remember Milestones

With each year that passes, new milestones are achieved. From a child’s first steps to a sibling getting married, there is no better way to remember such happy events than with photographs. Whether you are welcoming a new puppy into your life or just landed the job of your dreams, celebratory pictures of your family will give you heartwarming memories for the rest of your life.

Create Memories

The smiling, radiant face of your daughter after losing her first tooth. The loving glance between newlyweds. The happy father, beaming with pride after his son scored his first touchdown. As a professional photographer in Bluffton, SC, drawing out these feelings and emotions and capturing them on film is one of my greatest joys. Not because the pictures are great, but because you, as my client, will have so many years of enjoyment looking back at them.

Portraits and Headshots in Bluffton, SC

A great headshot shows you at your best – whether you want to impress a prospective employer or need professional photography for your website. In today’s world of digital dominance, having a professional headshot or portrait of your team is becoming a necessity. It’s no surprise, then, that headshots and portraits are among the most popular genres of photography.

Headshots can be tricky, mostly because many humans just aren’t very photogenic. I know that for some clients, it can be hard posing for a professional photo; knowing their headshot or portrait might make the rounds with future employers.

Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots. Unlike some amateur photographers, I know how to draw out your personality to capture you at your best. I know how to compose your portrait based on the industry you work in or the goal that you have with your photoshoot. Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because I advise them every step of the way – from the clothes they should wear to the expression they should have.

A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:

Show Your Personality

A great headshot can help give people an idea of your personality before you sit down to meet them. For instance, a serious glance at the camera might convey determination. A big smile may say “I’m approachable.” My goal is to match your expression with your personality with every headshot or portrait I take.

Show Your Professionalism

Clients, collaborators, investors, and employers are much more likely to interview you or call your business if you look professional. You have taken the time to invest in your brand, and the important people you’re sharing your headshot with will appreciate your effort.

Stand Out on Social Media

Many of my clients make appointments for headshots and portraits when they want to stand out from the crowd on social media. Whether you own a business and need to create new social media pages or you are looking to network with recruiters on LinkedIn, a headshot lends an air of professionalism that you won’t get with a selfie.

Show Off Your Current Look

Having outdated headshots can send a message of inauthenticity. When you have up to date headshots, you’re showing clients and employers that you are confident, committed, and authentic.

Qualities of a Great Photographer in Bluffton, SC

Being a great photographer means more than owning the best pieces of camera equipment. While a great camera gives clients the clearest, highest quality photos available, it won’t help me connect with my subjects. I strive to give clients a fun, enjoyable photo session. I use my knowledge and experience to help set up the perfect shot. After connecting with my client, I draw out their personality to produce a stunning final product.

Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because I am different from my peers in the best ways possible. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:

Imagination

I consider photography to be an artform – one that requires a creative mind and heaps of imagination. A great photographer needs to be able to take something ordinary and transform it into something beautiful. A back-alley puddle is about as mundane as it gets, but with the right technique and a little imagination, it can turn into something with much more substance.

Passion

This quality might seem like a no-brainer to most, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen photography that is missing something. More often than not, the photographer isn’t passionate about the subject or model that he or she is photographing.

Patience

Patience is an essential quality for all great photographers. Some days, picture lighting won’t cooperate. Other days, it’s hard to get that big happy smile from younger clients. That’s why patience and flexibility are so important. As a professional with years of experience, I understand that I must have the patience to deal with whatever comes my way and the flexibility to make the most out of any situation.

People Skills

All photographers are created differently. Some photographers are more aloof and put in the bare minimum effort when it comes to speaking with clients. Others, like myself, relish the opportunity to talk with customers. That’s because interacting with subjects allows me the chance to see their vision and transform their idea into art. Talking with subjects lets me draw out their emotions and put younger subjects at ease. People skills are a must in this industry. Luckily for me, it’s one of my favorite parts of the job

Eye for Detail

As a professional photographer in Bluffton, SC I am meticulous when it comes to details. Every element of a photograph should be reviewed to ensure cohesiveness. You might think that a family photo session is cut and dry in terms of composition and detail, but all elements of a photograph must come together to convey the vision that my clients desire.
When you hire me as your photographer, I take all the following elements into consideration:

  • Composition
  • Lighting
  • Emotion
  • Storytelling

If you have a goal you want to construe with your photographs, helping you achieve that goal is often found in the details.

I am proud to say that I am very passionate about my work. However, I’m also passionate about giving my clients the most enjoyable, care-free photography experience possible. My passion drives me to work harder, push farther, and strive to be better every day that I wake up.

Adam Chandler

Ready to Get Started?

One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about their vision. If you are in need of professional photography, let’s talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you’re looking for family photography in Bluffton or want new headshots for your employees, I am here to help every step of the way.  

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Hilton Head followed a runaway German shepherd’s every move for 8 weeks. Here’s his story

The white German shepherd was first seen sniffing around Palmetto Dunes in April. Then he was spotted racing past Shelter Cove. He later dropped by the Long Cove Club in early May, running along U.S. 278. Hundreds of Hilton Head Island residents took to Nextdoor and Facebook: Whose dog is this? And what is he up to? The dog’s name is Bruno. He was new to the island and scared. A young woman on Hilton Head had bought Bruno in Georgia after she noticed an online ad about him in mid-April, said Tallulah...

The white German shepherd was first seen sniffing around Palmetto Dunes in April.

Then he was spotted racing past Shelter Cove. He later dropped by the Long Cove Club in early May, running along U.S. 278.

Hundreds of Hilton Head Island residents took to Nextdoor and Facebook: Whose dog is this? And what is he up to?

The dog’s name is Bruno. He was new to the island and scared.

A young woman on Hilton Head had bought Bruno in Georgia after she noticed an online ad about him in mid-April, said Tallulah McGee, director of Beaufort County Animal Services.

Bruno escaped from the woman almost immediately, though, once he reached Hilton Head.

So began an eight-week mission to capture Bruno and make sure he was safe.

Residents flooded social media with sightings of the dog, who had a knack for evading humans and quietly navigating the island, sometimes sneaking around late at night.

“I think he captured the hearts of a lot of people,” said Joanne Hammer, founder of the “Lost Paws of the Lowcountry” Facebook group that helps people track lost pets.

Residents worried that a car would hit him. Or an alligator would eat him. How would he get across U.S. 278 safely?

Bruno was fast. He didn’t stick around long after being spotted.

He spent some time exploring the Robert Trent Jones golf course in Palmetto Dunes. He meandered closer to Sea Pines Circle for a bit.

Eventually, though, he settled in Leamington. Neighbors set food out for Bruno. People donated game cameras to Animal Services and watched the videos, trying to figure out where Bruno would go next.

“He did start to disappear,” McGee said. “He’d only come out at dark.

“Trapping a dog, people think that’s so easy …”

Hammer, who lives on Hilton Head’s north end, created a special Facebook group for Bruno updates because “Lost Paws of the Lowcountry” was inundated with comments about the white German shepherd.

“The other dogs who were lost weren’t getting the attention they needed,” Hammer said.

Normally, she said, runaway dogs on Hilton Head are reunited with their owners within a few days.

But Bruno was different. There was an ample supply of food, McGee said, and virtually no fencing in the area. He could move about freely in his new world, wandering under live oaks and around golf courses.

He reminded McGee of Finn, a Labrador and border collie mix who ran away in Bluffton in 2015. Finn had a weeks-long adventure and was eventually discovered on Spring Island.

McGee decided to try a new strategy. Bruno was uninterested in dog traps. And a dart gun hadn’t worked because he was too fast.

So Aaron Eaton, an Animal Services officer, built a hog trap in Leamington that was bigger and had “saloon doors.”

“I can’t even say how many man-hours we put into tracking him,” Eaton said.

Bruno went into the trap early last Thursday and was caught about 4 a.m.

“It was just a really joyous moment,” Hammer said.

“We are So blessed to have such a caring loving community who all wanted Bruno Safe!” she wrote in a Facebook post.

Bruno is now at Animal Services. McGee thinks a Leamington family will adopt him.

He’s doing fine, she said. He’s a bit skittish but is making friends with the county workers.

“There were a lot of pieces of the puzzle,” McGee said.

She and Hammer are now focusing on Luna, another white German shepherd that has recently been seen roaming around Sea Pines.

They want to make sure Luna’s journey has a happy ending, too.

Chapel Hart is unapologetically country and bringing their music to Bluffton's Roasting Room

For Do Savannah In 2014, cousins Trea Swindle and Danica Hart began busking on the streets of New Orleans. The pair grew up in and moved from Poplarville, Mississippi, a whistle stop where radio stations are few and fuzzy and country music is king. Singing on the streets of the Big Easy, they honed their craft and made diehard fans. When Danica’s younger sister, Devynn, joined, the trio quickly became a harmony-oriented, country music powerhouse. With a string of...

For Do Savannah

In 2014, cousins Trea Swindle and Danica Hart began busking on the streets of New Orleans. The pair grew up in and moved from Poplarville, Mississippi, a whistle stop where radio stations are few and fuzzy and country music is king.

Singing on the streets of the Big Easy, they honed their craft and made diehard fans. When Danica’s younger sister, Devynn, joined, the trio quickly became a harmony-oriented, country music powerhouse.

With a string of new singles garnering top reviews — as well as a nod from CMT for “Next Women of Country 2021”Chapel Hart is poised to be the next big thing in country music.

Chapel Hart along with their full band perform at the Roasting Room in Bluffton this Thursday.

In the midst of a 40-date summer tour, the trio and band have been burning up shows in the South, Midwest, and along the East Coast. None of this, though, would be possible had they not ventured out of New Orleans during the pandemic.

When the city shutdown for most of 2020, the performers were severed from their livelihood. The women took matters into their own hands and sought other places to perform and be heard.

“The pandemic taught us that if we can work during it, finding gigs and venues coming out of the pandemic is much easier,” said Danica Hart. “We built friendships and relationships that keep growing and helping us. The pandemic made us appreciate every person. It doesn’t matter if there’s one or 1,000 people in the audience. Give it your all and aim to really connect with people. Pursue it from the heart. We’re finally starting to see some of that commitment pay off.”

Indeed, their focus and authenticity is coming full circle. Last summer when they released “Jesus and Alcohol,” the tune piqued the ear of ZZ Top guitarist and front man, Billy Gibbons. He loved the tune so much he signed on for a cameo in the music video.

Their next singles “I Will Follow” and “You Can Have Him Jolene” garnered similar industry respect. CMT selected Chapel Hart for its 2021 cohort “Next Women Of Country.” The program promotes new and up and coming women in country music.

In a genre in which 84% of artists are white and male, that recognition boost from CMT is significant. And necessary.

“A lot of people right now seem to think there’s this wave of overnight sensation female African American country artists,” said Hart. "But I’m here to tell you, like Mickey Guyton, Reyna Roberts, Yola, we’ve been putting in the performance time and road miles, miles, real time and connection, and we keep challenging stereotypes everyday.

"We showed up in Nashville a couple years ago on a tour to do an open mic, and they told us they didn’t do R&B, that this was country night. And we told them ‘Just have the band play 'Stand by Your Man' and we’ll handle the rest.’ We keep pursuing, doing what we do — we’re from the country, real country, rivers and fishing — and all that translates even if we’re not what most people think of when they think country music. We’re changing that. We are.”

One step, one song, one show at a time Chapel Hart continues to break barriers of expectation in country music. So far this year, they’ve seen a steady increase in audiences and people who come to their shows and know their songs.

“Something that’s a surprise and just keeps me smiling is when we get someplace we’ve never played before, and people are singing our songs back to us,” said Trea Swindle.

“That’s just plain joy that what we write and sing is meaningful to people that they know the words and sing with us. That’s why we do this, to make music that connects from the heart.”

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Chapel Hart

WHERE: The Roasting Room, 1297 May River Road, Bluffton, South Carolina

WHEN: Thursday at 8 p.m.

She spoke no English. 5 years later, Bluffton High grad wins public speaking awards

When Arianna Geraldine Escalona Sanchez arrived in Bluffton from Venezuela in 2016, she had no grasp of English or the American public school system. “I didn’t know anybody. I didn’t know what to join or do,” she said. “I didn’t know how high school worked. ... Even though my grades were all straight A’s, when it was time for me to speak, I didn’t know how to say anything.” She still managed to get the highest grades in her freshman year Earth science class at Bluffton High ...

When Arianna Geraldine Escalona Sanchez arrived in Bluffton from Venezuela in 2016, she had no grasp of English or the American public school system.

“I didn’t know anybody. I didn’t know what to join or do,” she said. “I didn’t know how high school worked. ... Even though my grades were all straight A’s, when it was time for me to speak, I didn’t know how to say anything.”

She still managed to get the highest grades in her freshman year Earth science class at Bluffton High School, which didn’t go unnoticed by counselor Katlyn McCormick.

She recommended that Escalona take honors classes alongside her English as a second language courses, and then bump up to Advanced Placement classwork.

On Friday, Escalona will graduate in the top 10% of her class. She has stayed on the principal’s honor roll and A/B honor roll all four years in high school on top of a stint on the tennis team, the school’s Youth in Government program and a part-time job at Olive Garden.

She also competed in public speaking events through DECA, an international student club that promotes marketing, finance, hospitality and management careers. Escalona said that, even though she’s “really shy,” her advisor Brandon Sligh talked her into joining as a freshman and paired her with an experienced partner to learn the ropes.

She “barely spoke a few sentences” at her ninth grade competition, she said. But as a sophomore, she placed in the top 10 for her category; as a junior, she received high marks for her presentation ability.

“It helped me formulate my words and go straight to the point,” she said.

Under South Carolina law, Escalona cannot receive financial aid to attend the state’ public universities as an international student. But she received a Presidential Scholarship — which will cover her full tuition costs — to attend Wingate University in North Carolina, near Charlotte.

She plans on studying engineering and getting a master’s degree in biomedical engineering and hopes to one day help fight and cure diseases through her creations.

“That would be an accomplishment that would be larger than life, literally,” she said.

Escalona credits her parents Jorge Escalona and Silvia Sanchez as her biggest inspirations and said she’s grateful to McCormack and all the teachers who helped her.

Her advice to others? Learn about the college application process early. And don’t give up.

“Your efforts will pay off,” she said. “Even if it’s just staying up a few extra hours or staying after school for tutoring, even if you think you don’t have the potential, there are people that see it.”

CREC Real Estate and Rincon Capital Partners Acquire NEXTLoft Apartment Community in Hilton Head Submarket of Bluffton

BLUFFTON, SC - CREC Real Estate announced it has partnered with Rincon Capital Partners to acquire NEXTLoft Apartments, a 148-unit, Class B+ multifamily community located in Bluffton, SC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Located at 1376 Fording Island Road (or US 278, the thoroughfare that provides access to Hilton Head Island) in Bluffton, South Carolina, the three-story, two-building complex is 20 miles north of Savannah, Georgia and part of the Hilton Head/Bluffton/Beaufort metropolitan area. The surrounding area has ex...

BLUFFTON, SC - CREC Real Estate announced it has partnered with Rincon Capital Partners to acquire NEXTLoft Apartments, a 148-unit, Class B+ multifamily community located in Bluffton, SC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Located at 1376 Fording Island Road (or US 278, the thoroughfare that provides access to Hilton Head Island) in Bluffton, South Carolina, the three-story, two-building complex is 20 miles north of Savannah, Georgia and part of the Hilton Head/Bluffton/Beaufort metropolitan area. The surrounding area has experienced more than 50% population growth over the past 20 years, driven largely by an influx of retirees, creating housing demand for the service industry workers who staff the area's resorts, shops, and restaurants.

"NEXTLoft is an attractive property with strong fundamentals," said Jeff Coopersmith, founder and Managing Partner of CREC. "The Hilton Head area is an active regional tourist attraction and retirement destination with positive growth trends for both permanent residents and the service jobs that accompany such growth. We believe the Bluffton submarket and the broader area will benefit from continued demand for rental housing for the foreseeable future."

Originally built in 2000 as an extended stay hotel, NEXTLoft underwent substantial renovation in 2019 and was converted to a boutique apartment community. The studio and one-bedroom units feature nine-foot ceilings with crown molding, wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and updated bathroom vanities. The community, which has a 98% occupancy rate, boasts a clubhouse, swimming pool, dog park, and state-of-the-art fitness center. CREC and Rincon intend to make roof, HVAC, and asphalt upgrades and will add outdoor amenities and security features, including a central outdoor kitchen/grill area, a locker for package deliveries, and a community-wide keyless FOB entry system to enhance residents' safety. The building has easy access to outlet shopping centers, big box retail and grocery, a public golf course, and the eateries, boutique shops, and offices of downtown Bluffton.

With more than $1 billion of real estate assets under management, CREC specializes in multifamily real estate investments in secondary and tertiary markets throughout the United States. Rincon, based in Phoenix, is a vertically integrated, full service real estate and property management firm. CREC and Rincon have collaborated on three prior joint ventures, two located in Tucson and the other in Phoenix.

Source: CREC Real Estate / Rincon Capital Partners

Mark your calendars! Live theater, gallery shows back in Beaufort County

Here’s an invitation to rediscover the joy of theater! Finally there is renewed hope at the return to a familiar way in which we enjoy, absorb, delight, savor and revel in all of the cultural arts. We remember the manner in which we anticipated them before this traumatic pandemic. But now, some 16 months later, we in the Lowcountry find that we are actually being offered the opportunity to experience a production live, tour a gallery or attend a lecture in person! I’m happy to offer a list of several c...

Here’s an invitation to rediscover the joy of theater!

Finally there is renewed hope at the return to a familiar way in which we enjoy, absorb, delight, savor and revel in all of the cultural arts.

We remember the manner in which we anticipated them before this traumatic pandemic.

But now, some 16 months later, we in the Lowcountry find that we are actually being offered the opportunity to experience a production live, tour a gallery or attend a lecture in person!

I’m happy to offer a list of several cultural opportunities in the performing and visual arts.

This is that magical musical we’ve loved since we first saw British writer Catherine Johnson’s amazing tale unfold. It was 2000 when I saw “Mamma Mia” on Broadway. Honestly, I enjoy every performance. It simply wears well!

Our Arts Center production has a phenomenal cast and is directed by the charismatic Casey Colgan. What a perfect new beginning for our Arts Center theater season! You remember the storyline: Just before her wedding day, a daughter, determined to discover her father’s identity, invites three men from her mother’s past to her wedding. Of course, the amazing ABBA songs we love energize this incredible evening.

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head; June 23 through Aug. 22; tickets $46-$56 adults and $33-$43 children; artshhi.com or 843-842-2278

The Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute returns to Hilton Head with the classic musical “Hello Dolly!” This high-energy Broadway hit is chock full of humor, romance and favorite songs. “The special moment will not be lost on anyone when the chorus sings: ‘It’s so nice to have you back where you belong!’” said SSTI founder and producer Benjamin Wolfe.

Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute, Seahawk Cultural Center at Hilton Head Island High, 26 School Road, Hilton Head; 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 p.m. Sundays June 25 through July 4; tickets sold in pairs for $60-70; HHISummerMusicals.com or 866-749-2228

Lean Ensemble announced its 2021-22 season:

Oct. 21-31: “The Thanksgiving Play

Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa Fasthorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month.

Dec. 9-19: “Art”

One of Marc’s best friends has just bought a very expensive painting. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn’t have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas.

Jan. 20-30: “Other Desert Cities”

Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas. Then she announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in her family’s history.

March 17-27: “Mitchelville”

When a young man tries to save his Gullah family home, he dives into his family history, the Civil War and the first town of Black freedmen in America. “Mitchelville” is a story about learning from the past, saving for the future and keeping a tradition going.

April 21-May 1: ‘’Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody”

This hilarious result of collaboration between Writers Theatre and Chicago’s world-renowned The Second City asks the intriguing question: What happens when recognizable characters from great American plays suddenly find themselves sharing the same stage?

Lean Ensemble, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head; leanensemble.org or 843-715-6676

Luke Cleveland and Rodney Vaughn of Coastal Stage Productions issued a beautiful thank you letter to those who supported their six seasons in Port Royal: “We have been blessed with a new opportunity to relocate near family and become part of a vibrant arts community in N.C. Although our hearts are heavy with the prospect of finishing something that has been such a wonderful fixture in our lives and in the community, we hope to be able to make an equally meaningful impact on the local community where we are moving. From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank each and everyone of you for all of the love, sweat and tears you gave to CSP.”

This musical comedy is based on the many children’s stories of Dr. Seuss, with most of the plot based on “Horton Hears a Who!” and “Horton Hatches the Egg.” The Main Stage Community Theatre production is directed by Joshua Wall, with musical direction by Melinda B. Bray and choreographed by Dawn Rosa Miller.

Hilton Head Preparatory School Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main St., Hilton Head; 7 p.m. June 24, 25, 26 and July 1, 2 plus 2 p.m. June 27 and July 3; tickets $25 adults, $15 students and $5 children under 8; mainstagecommunitytheatre.org or 843-689-6246

John Gregor’s collection of paintings is featured along with the works of member artists, and they fill to the brim the gallery of the Art League of Hilton Head through June 26.

The exhibit explodes and bursts with saturated color. That said, you must also look forward to his softer, even diffused works in landscape, waterscape, still life and animals. Gregor’s collection, “Out of My Head,” relates to his particular goals of highlighting beauty and provoking thought.

An engineer who called the Northwest his home for more than 15 years, he began to think about capturing the precision of a screwdriver collection or the creative energy which comes through his surroundings, by way of a visit to Pike Place Market. He’s now a full-time resident of Beaufort.

A “Meet the Artist” gathering is 1 p.m. June 22. It’s free and open to the public, but RSVP is necessary for all events at gallery@artleaguehhi.org.

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head; gallery hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and 90 minutes before every Arts Center performance; artleaguehhi.org or 843-681-5060

On a surprisingly steamy Sunday, I ventured in to view the work of Rose Cofield and other gallery artists who exhibit at La Petite Gallerie. Their impressive work is carefully in place inside the smallish Old Town Bluffton gallery.

I had particularly determined to see the recent two-dimensional paintings of Cofield, whose sculptural, three-dimensional work I have admired over the years. But be prepared when I tell you that she is fully and newly directed to two-dimensional mixed media.

“I enjoy the immediacy of the two-dimensional work compared to sculpture … which requires extensive planning,” she said. “I find working in collage with paints, canvas and found materials to be quite liberating.”

Cofield was born in Brooklyn, New York, and credits her architectural images to that urban environment. She studied sculpture at New York University and apprenticed at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture. She also studied stone carving in Carrara, Italy.

La Petite Gallerie, 56 Calhoun St., Bluffton; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday; lapetitegallerie.com

This summer, the Art League Academy will showcase the bold contemporary works of local artists Amiri Farris and Abraham Brown.

Farris’ series “Popqop” is influenced by pop art. The work is a collection of vivid, graphic compositions in both paint and non-traditional medium, harkening to his background in illustration and graphic design. Farris’ work is in private collections around the world. He has taught at Georgia Southern and Savannah State and is currently a professor at SCAD.

Abraham Brown’s series “Exploration” features highly detailed mixed-media work that is often spiritually expressive and always imaginative. Brown, a retired Marine with an arts degree from SCAD, references his memories in the creation of narrative art.

“I start with an idea, and as that idea begins to play out on the canvas, each piece becomes a story,” he said.

Art League Academy, 106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through July 30; artleaguehhi.org/academy or 843-842-5738

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