In honor of the 25th Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration “Behind the Canvas” highlights artists that celebrate and honor Gullah culture through painted wall art. The revolving monthly series features work for exhibition and sale at the Art League of Hilton Head Gallery. The April featured artist is Kevin Hopkins. His showcase is free and open to public tours Monday – Friday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday from 12noon – 4:00 pm.
Kevin Hopkinsis a contemporary artist born in Beaufort, South Carolina. However, because of his father’s service in the United States military, he lived in Texas and Germany for most of his childhood. After returning to South Carolina with his mother and siblings, Hopkins developed a passion for fine arts, which led to his acceptance into the Kansas City Art Institute, a four-year college of fine arts and design in Kansas City, Missouri.
While in school, Hopkins has focused his studies on contemporary art, including painting, drawing, ceramics, and printmaking to create representational images concerning the black community. He was recognized nationally as a 2018 Young Arts finalist, among other awards, such as the KCAI President’s Cabinet Scholarship
Who: Established in 1996, the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration was designed to create economic development opportunities for minority business owners, to develop the cultural tourism market and to increase tourism in February on Hilton Head Island, historically the slowest month of the year. While consistently meeting the intended objectives the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration continues annually to strategic assess opportunity for continued growth and expansion. The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration is an initiative of the NIBCAA in partnership with the Native Islanders Property Owners Association, the Town of Hilton Head Island, Beaufort County and SC Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
When: through April 2021
Locations, Times, and Costs: Varies, go to gullahcelebration.com