Artist Studio Series: Sculptural Lighting with Jessie Avant Smith

Date: Wednesday, July 17 —Wednesday, August 28, 2024
Time: 6:30 PM —8:30 PM
Location: McColl Center
Cost: $425
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 17

Join us for Sculptural Lighting at McColl Center, where you'll learn to design and fabricate your own unique pendant light. Starting with small models based on your drawings, we'll progress to creating full-sized pieces ready for hanging. Using primarily linear steel elements, you'll have the chance to incorporate sheet metal and other materials of your choice using techniques like brazing and cold connections.

*All Supplies included.

All skill levels welcome. Ages 16 and up. Register with a friend and get $25 off per person.

Class will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Class dates are July 17, July 24, July 31, August 14, August 21, and August 28. (No class August 7th)

**This is a 6 week course. Refunds will not be given for missed classes, or for registrations canceled less than 48 hours before the start of the first session. For a full refund, please email before July 12, 2024.

About the Artist:

Jessie Avant Smith (b: 1979, American) is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator born in South Carolina,  living and working in Charlotte, North Carolina. She works in her converted garage home studio creating steel and mixed media sculptures, two-dimensional works, and contemporary jewelry. Her sculpture and jewelry work incorporates steel (her main love), brass, non-ferrous metals, and other materials such as lighting, wood, and found objects. Her quirky still life pieces contain the occasional figure and are painted in acrylic and dry media on wood, found objects, or paper. Her work is inspired by images of nature and nostalgia. Using low contrast, split complementary color palettes, and pleasing linear elements she draws the viewer in for a moment of rest, contemplation, and maybe a little laugh.

      Avant Smith has studied at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC; University of Georgia, Cortona Italy; and Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC. She has work in many private collections as well as permanent collections at The York County Museum, Rock Hill, SC, The Florence Museum, Florence, SC, and the City of Hartsville, SC.