Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ilona to Return to Hartsville

Long Lash Cabaret to Highlight Smithkin's Return
Ilona Smithkin will be making a return to Hartsville in a few weeks. In her last appearance, she was a featured artist in the gallery at the Black Creek Arts Center and taught a painting workshop. This time, her visit will be much different.

On October 21st, Ilona Smithkin will be the featured performer in Long Lash Cabaret. The Cabaret will feature musical renditions by Smithkin and a number of local performers. The event will take place from 7:00 – 9:00 at the Black Creek Arts Center. Cost for the event is $30 for an individual and $50 for a couple.

The Long Lash Cabaret will not be the only difference between from Ilona’s last visit. Smithkin will be doing commissioned sanguine portraits between October 22nd and 24th. Appointments can be scheduled by calling Bruce Douglas at the Arts Center, 843.332.6234. You can also stop by the Arts Center to see other sanguine works by Smithkin. Prices on commissioned works will vary by size.

And if commissioned portraits and the Long Lash Cabaret were not enough, Ilona will also sit down with artists for Fix My Painting Sessions. These sessions will involve a consultation with Ilona and the opportunity to have your paintings fixed under the advisement of an internationally renowned artist. Fix My Painting Sessions will cost $40.

Ilona will also offer two weeklong workshops will she is in Hartsville. The first workshop will be from October 27th to 31st. It will be an oil painting workshop focusing on landscapes. The class will meet daily from 9:30 – 12:30. The cost is $135.

The second workshop will last from November 3rd to 7th. This oil painting workshop will focus on still life painting. It will meet daily from 9:30 – 12:30. Cost for the workshop is $135.

Ilona invites all levels of painters for her workshops; “Painting is for everyone and anyone can paint if they want to.” For more information about Ilona’s return to Hartsville, contact Bruce Douglas at 843.332.6234 or by email at

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. 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.

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