Arts and Culture 2011

Amy Holtcamp



Celebrate Aiken with Local Artist Jim Harrison

Posted 4/10/2010 8:38:00 PM

This year, Aiken is celebrating the city’s 175th anniversary with a dizzying array of concerts, readings, music, festivals and arts events. One part of the celebration that you won’t want to miss is an exhibit of the work of local painter Jim Harrison.

Harrison began his artistic career painting a Coca-Cola sign on the side of McCartha's Hardware in Denmark, S.C. Today, 35 years later, his work is sold at galleries nationwide and he has his own studio in Denmark. Harrison is an artist whose work is immersed in the life and culture of rural South Carolina. His subjects are Southern roads, covered bridges, fields and farm buildings that provide a wonderful, nostalgic look at our countryside and history. “I like to paint and write about the things I know – which are rural things," Harrison says on his website. "It’s about where I live and where I grew up.”

“Jim Harrison: A Retrospective,” will be presented at the Aiken Center for the Arts in downtown Aiken now through May 8. Harrison also has created a special edition poster for Celebrate Aiken that you can purchase at

WHERE: Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens Street, Aiken, SC

WHEN: Now through May 8, 2010