Late Denmark artist evoked spirit of rural America through artwork

Late Denmark artist evoked spirit of rural America through artwork

DENMARK, SC (WIS) - If you walk around the city of Denmark, you can take in a lot of the late Jim Harrison's art.

For years, the Denmark community was his canvas. It all began when he painted signs for several businesses in the city.

Harrison's art gallery can also be found in Denmark. It's where he spent much of his time. On Monday, flowers were placed on the doors in memory of the nationally known artist.

Harrison once said that his art was his way of "communicating to the common man." That came in the form of dozens of works, many of which illustrated the spirit of rural America.

Across the street from his gallery, a park bears Harrison's name. It was dedicated in 1997.

Denmark Mayor Gerald E. Wright said it's hard not to find a place in town that bears Harrison's work.

"The dentist's office or the physician's office, there's a good chance that you'll see a Jim Harrison print, and he was generous during the holiday season," Mayor Wright said. "He would distribute a lot of prints."

Most recently, he sold some of his artwork to raise money to help victims of the 2015 flood. 

However, Harrison wasn't just an artist. He was also a property owner in Denmark. He was also involved in several project's with Denmark's planning department.

A memorial service will be held for him Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Bethel Park United Methodist Church.

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