Renowned Southern artist Jim Harrison will host Second Saturday Artist Day at his gallery in Denmark, SC, beginning Saturday, June 8, 2013, from 11am until 3pm. The featured artist for June is Christie West who works in marquetry. The public is invited to attend at no charge to view the exhibit with refreshments provided and a drawing for one of West’s pieces of work held for those who attend and sign the guest register. Art will also be available for purchase.
Marquetry is a decorative surface treatment in which thin pieces of wood, mother of pearl or metal are laid together in a pattern which is affixed to another sturdier support. West describes his work as combining “narrative and woodworking.”
“As a marquetarian, creating art using wood veneers presents some special challenges as there are limits on available colors, shading and gradation are not usually possible, and the images tend to be more graphic in design. But as there are limits, there are also possibilities. Using the unlimited variation in wood figure and patterns, it is possible to suggest, to lead, to create connections that might otherwise be impossible,” said Christie West. “I am always looking at nature for inspiration and have always been drawn to the fey and the fantastic, as well as the infinite beauty and possibility of the female face and form. It is always my challenge and my delight to assemble what are simply pieces of wood into what becomes an image of beauty, inspiration, or simply ‘How does he do that!’ I hope you enjoy the show.”
West began working as a marquetarian after attending a class with Clyde Badger at the John C. Campbell Folk School in NC. His extensive background and skills in woodworking led to a teaching position at the Campbell Folk School for more than a 10 year period. He is also a member of the Furniture Society where he became friends with Silas Kopf, one of the foremost marquetarians in the world. This led to taking a weeklong course of instruction with Kopf at the Tennessee School for the Crafts. His work has been juried into shows at the Anderson Arts Center, the Pickens County Art Museum, the The Bascom, in Highlands, NC, The Belton Arts Center, the Aiken Arts Center, The Blue Ridge Arts Center in Seneca, SC. He has received numerous purchase and merit awards in shows in Anderson, Belton, Pickens and Aiken, and has had shows in Anderson, Pickens, Aiken, Seneca, Orangeburg as well as Brevard, NC. West has also taught small classes in marquetry in Belton, Bamberg, and Seneca, SC. In addition he has served as the Vice President of the Anderson Artists’ Guild, President of the Aiken Artists Guild, Secretary of the Board for the Salkehatchie Arts in Allendale, SC as well as a member of the Bamberg Arts Council.
“As someone who has had the good fortune of enjoying a long career as an artist, I am keenly aware of the hard work and dedication required to be successful in this field. With all of this in mind, I will be hosting a fellow artist on the second Saturday of each month,” said Jim Harrison. “It’s an opportunity for me to ‘give back’ by helping the careers of other artists and bring something special to Denmark and our customers each month.”
Jim Harrison’s success is evidenced by four decades as a full-time artist. With talent, hard work and perseverance, he has more than 100 sold out limited editions of the prints made from his paintings and thousands of collectors of his work across the country. Harrison’s paintings are featured in personal and corporate art collections across the country including The Coca-Cola Company, The Maytag Corporation, Philip Morris Company, and the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA. Harrison has also had successful one-man shows at the prestigious Hammer Galleries in New York City and the Conacher Gallery in San Francisco. His paintings have also been included in the annual shows at the prestigious National Academy Gallery in New York.
For more information on Jim Harrison, visit his website at (www.jimharrison.com). For further info about this event contact Teri Harrell by e-mail at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the gallery at 803/793-5796.