NORTH AUGUSTA – South Carolina artist Jim Harrison was quite busy on Saturday.
Harrison, who is based out of Denmark and is well-known for his paintings, writings and public appearances in the state, held an exhibition at the North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center. The exhibit, titled “Jim Harrison: Scenes of the South,” featured many prints and a handful of his original works on display.
“This is what we call a minishow,” Harrison said as he signed autographs for fans at the center. “It is a concept we came up with, where we come in for a certain number of hours and put it up, then we leave that same day. It’s simple, and it doesn’t tie up our paintings for long. We’ve done this at a fair number of places. We have 18 originals we bring, and we bring some prints, books and usually there is also a gift shop involved.”
Of course, the gift shop involved on this particular day was the Arts and Heritage Center’s very own.
“We’re here helping them make some sales, as well,” Harrison said.
One item that proved to be popular was Harrison’s cookbook, “Southern Cooking and Southern Stories.”
“I can’t cook a thing,” Harrison said, joking that he does, however, know how to eat. “I wrote some stories for it, but the beginning of that cookbook was my mother’s homemade cookbook. I found it going through some of her things, and that prompted me to put that together. Some recipes have been added, but for the most part, it’s stuff I grew up eating.”
Merrilee Anderson, president of the Arts and Heritage’s board of directors, said Harrison’s visit to the center made for a very good day.
“Jim Harrison brought many people to the center,” she said. “I was there for most of the day, and it was a steady stream. I recognized a lot of people as (Arts and Heritage Center) supporters, but he also brought in a lot of people I hadn’t seen before. A lot were acquaintances of his, and they stayed to chat. It was a good day for us. It brought in business, new people and was well worth doing.”
The exhibit was a small taste of what can be found at Harrison’s exhibit in Denmark. The gallery is located on One South Main Street and is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery also is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, call 800-793-5796 or visit www.jimharrison.com.