SC artist's calendars on sale to benefit USC Aiken scholarship

Renowned South Carolina artist Jim Harrison has released his 2014 Coca-Cola calendar, which is now on sale at 10 area Security Federal Bank locations to benefit a scholarship at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

The calendars being sold are signed and numbered by Harrison, and featuring a country store on the cover with the Coca-Cola logo depicted on the store's side. The calendars are $20 each.

Security Federal Bank locations in Evans, Wagener, Graniteville, Langley, Clearwater, North Augusta and all Aiken branches will sell the calendar through the end of January.

Proceeds from the calendar sales will benefit the Anne Harrison Scholarship at USC Aiken in honor of Jim Harrison's mother.

Harrison, of Denmark, S.C., has become known for his paintings chronicling rural life, whether it's at railroad stations, churches, one-room school houses, country stores, covered bridges or farm buildings.  According to his official website,, he has more than 100 limited edition reproductions to his name in his many years as an artist.

Harrison is a licensed artist of The Coca-Cola Company and his art and writing have placed him among the nation's foremost chroniclers of earlier 20th-century rural life. Harrison has had successful one-man shows at the prominent New York Hammer Galleries and the San Francisco Conacher Galleries. His works have also been included in annual shows at the prestigious National Academy Gallery in New York.

"I sincerely try to put meaning to all of this in hopes it has some historical value," Harrison said. "The subjects I'm interested in certainly need to be captured in books and on canvas. They were an important part of our past. With my art what you see is what you get. I hope that my paintings need no explanation. I simply want to communicate my message to the common man on the street that claims to have no knowledge of art but does know what he likes."