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Black Creek Arts Center is home to the Jean & James Fort Gallery. This beautiful gallery hosts displays of work by artists from around the country.
All exhibits may also be viewed at The Mantissa Suites

2016-2017 Gallery Schedule

Jessica Clark: Lumbee Artist

October 1st – November 23
Opening Reception November 3rd from 5:30-7pm
My work documents and preserves the everyday life of the Lumbee people, along with the members of other Southeastern Native American tribes.  They are from my perspective, as I am Lumbee, and depict the people, places, and events specific to us.  We are a version of the Postmodern Native, a combination of various Southeastern Native American tribes, with European and African influences.  We intermixed with other tribes and settlers, retained our cultural identity, and assimilated into European culture in order to survive, not succumbing to the meta-narrative of the Native American.  Our daily lives bear witness to these tactics: we have various physical features, host powwows, attend Christian churches, have lived in the same area for the last 10,000 years (not a reservation), speak with a distinct Southern drawl, and identify ourselves as Native American.
The act of painting, drawing, and printmaking allows meditation on the narrative and process, escaping to the moment the photograph was shot, becoming overcome by the emotions, sounds, and stories associated with each subject.  The lithographs convey our relationship to the land and the importance of our history.  The large format and vibrant colors of the paintings reflect the vitality of contemporary Native culture and identity, creating monuments to a people who have persevered in the face of oppression and the appeal of assimilation.
This exhibit will remain on display until November 23.


Jim Stratton Screams and Whispers
December 1st – January 27
Opening Reception December 1st from 5:30-7pm
Jim portrays the beauty of the outdoors in most of his work through the use of a lively color palette, lots of atmospheric and linear perspective, and time-tested compositional laws.  His work varies from tight detail to loose impressionism and into mostly geometric abstraction.
Teaching for many years has given him the opportunity to share what he believes are techniques, theories, and practices that are seldom taught in schools anymore.  Art history, science of color and light, art materials, etc. Have all been major subjects in his classes. He loves to show people how to “construct” a painting using what he has learned over his half century in art.

"My artist statement always includes my philosophy that says, “Art can scream or whisper…it can say much or just be”.  I have always thought that many art critics often complicate judging and interpreting by interjecting too much ambiguous depth sometimes suggesting that a work of art is saying something completely contrary to what the artist was trying to say.  “Art can just whisper or just be”…it can just exist as an aesthetically pleasing, visual experience and nothing more.
On the other hand, many artists are compelled to let their art “scream and say much”.  They use their work to convey their political, societal, and even religious convictions, and that is perfectly alright as well.  One kind of art is not better than the other because it fits into either category.  Good art contains good composition, color scheme, technical merit, and craftsmanship, and it will always be that way, regardless of what the critics say.
I hope you enjoy my interpretations in oils…you be the judge for a change."

This exhibit will remain on display until January 27.


Call For Artists – Black Creek Arts Council, Gallery of Art is accepting proposals, from artists working in all media, for future exhibition schedule (currently scheduling 2017-2018). BCAC’s Gallery is an 2500 sq ft, secure facility, serving local communities. Selected artists must be able to attend a reception on the opening date of the exhibit.

Please submit resume, artists statement, and 5-10 examples of recent work, via email or CD:

Gallery Submission:
Allison Pederson, Executive Director
Black Creek Arts Council
PO Box 24
116 West College Avenue
Hartsville, SC 29551
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