A FUN SLICE OF ISLAND LIFE
Before he was recognized as an eclectic local artist, Amos Hummell was better known as a bartender on Hilton Head Island for two decades. His art was noted in the perfect dry martini, piña colada or whisky sour.
Now, he has revisited some of his more interesting bar experiences with a colorful twist in his latest body of work, "5 O'Clock Somewhere.” It will be showcased July 6-26 at the Art League of Hilton Head’s gallery in Shelter Cove. An opening reception will be held, appropriately, from 5 to 7 p.m. July 12.
This exhibit is an unconventional impressionist view of waterside bars, beach shacks, watering holes, and other enclaves of "quittin' time" for locals and vacationers alike. The essence of these afternoon experiences is that of being laid back, footloose and carefree.
A resident of Hilton Head Island for 36 years, Amos Hummell considers the Lowcountry "home."
Though he had created a legendary “In the Weeds” poster in 1985 (still seen in area restaurants), his artistic career began in earnest in the early 1990s, when he discovered the art of polymer bead making. For several years, "The Bead Man" delighted children of all ages who used his colorful beads to make their own necklace and bracelet creations at festivals and his tiny storage unit studio.
When the late Joe Adams, a collector of folk art and encourager of artists, saw a simple sign he had painted on tin for the studio, he told Hummell, "This is art! Keep doing this." Inspired, Hummell heeded his soon-to-be mentor's words.
The self-taught artist soon became known for his brightly-hued palette that reflected the vibrant culture and people in the region that inspired him.
Hummell has always been keen on involving children in the creation of their own art, whether with beads; onstage in his “Living Colors” skits on Bluffton’s Calhoun Street in the early 2000s; and/or in artist residencies in Beaufort County schools over the years. Hummell continues to be a strong advocate of arts education, and has supported the Island School Council for the Arts as a participant in "An Evening of the Arts" for two decades.
With the works of many other Art League members, Hummell’s new work will be featured July 6-29 at the Art League of Hilton Head’s gallery, 14 Shelter Cove Lane. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 90 minutes before performances at the Art Center of Coastal Carolina.
An opening reception from 5-7 p.m. July 12 is free and open to the public, with beach casual attire and flip flops welcome. For more information, call 843-681-5060 or visit www.ArtLeagueHHI.org.