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May 2011

Black Creek Arts Council in Hartsville, SC, Offers Works by Jessie Avant Smith

The Black Creek Arts Council in Hartsville, SC, will present an exhibit of works by Jessie Avant Smith, on view in the Jean & James Fort Gallery, from May 5 through June 24, 2011. A reception will be held on May 5, from 5:30-7pm.

The subject matter of Smith’s work is simple: people, places and things. The works are mainly mixed media on wood and found objects. When asked about her art Smith said, “Ideally, the pieces speak for themselves, but if they are being shy or don’t speak your language, they are trying to communicate calm, humor and nostalgia.”

Smith, an artist and local business owner, has had a passion for art for many years; from Hartsville’s Art Summer program to studying at UGS Cortona, Italy. “I am very happy to be able to share my work with the community where I grew up and continue to live, work and grow,” Smith said.

The May 5th opening will highlight more than Smith’s creative passion; it will also feature an aspect (or two) of her highly successful downtown business, The Midnight Rooster. The Midnight Rooster is a coffee shop and eatery on Carolina Avenue in Hartsville. Smith also caters from the Midnight Rooster.

When asked about the opening, Allison Pederson, BCAC’s new Executive Director, said “It’s great to feature an artist that is not only local but is active in our community. Jessie is a very talented artist and we are excited to showcase her work.”

The mission of Black Creek Arts Council is to promote and foster the Arts in Darlington County. BCAC’s offices are housed in a state of the art 10,000 square foot facility at 116 West College Avenue in Hartsville. BCAC offers a variety of programs including art classes of all styles, after-school activities, pre-school aged programs, private music lessons, and various types of gallery exhibits. BCAC also offers assistance with arts management, funding, education, and program coordination to arts and cultural organizations in Darlington County.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Center at 843/332-6234 or visit (

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