Helen Hutson, Chris Crawford & Tom Savoie Artist Reception: October 2, 2015
Helen Hutson was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she attended The Schuler School of Fine Arts for 2 ½ years. After leaving school, she trained at the Potomac Horse Center and went on to teach riding and work with horses, did a three-year stint as a dog groomer and was a ballroom dance instructor for Fred Astaire for 16 years.
In 1997 she and her husband Bill, moved to South Carolina where she decided to start back into art. She works out of a studio in her home, where she does realistic drawings and paintings of animals. She has done numerous animals portrait commissions and has broadened her subject matter to include landscapes, floras, and portraits. She produces work in many mediums, including pen and ink, graphite, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and oil. Her latest venture has been into nature photography.
She is a member of the McCormick Arts Council and the Greenwood Artist Guild. Her work can be seen in the gallery shop at the Aiken Center for the Arts and the Red Rooster Gallery in McCormick. She has won awards at the York Interstate Fair in PA, the Western Carolina and Georgia- Carolina State Fairs, the greenwood Festival of Flowers and had pieces accepted in the 2006 SC State Fair,2007 South Carolina Artists Exhibitions and Greenwood Festival of Flowers Juried Shows, 2008 Photography show and 2009 & 2010 juried show at the MACK . She received Honorable Mention at the Yellow Jasmine Festival in North August in 2007 and 2nd place in 2008. Her photographs won 1st place in all three categories in the McCormick County Library’s Digital Photography Competition in 2007. In 2010 she received honorable mention at the MACK show. Her art was awarded best in Class at Art on Main in Warrenton, GA in drawing, watercolor & oil and received 3rd place overall for the oil.
She has had three shows at the MACK, the last in September 2008. Her work has been displayed at the Hitchcock Rehabilitation Center, the AAG Gallery at the Akin Center for the Arts, the Columbia County Library and MCG Hospital. She is currently giving adult drawing classes at the MACK. Her work can be seen online on the website for the Artists Guild of Colombia County.
Chris Crawford is a metal artist focusing on the Classical Japanese Metal working techniques. He was born and raised in Greenwood, SC and still lives there with his wife of 17 years and their three children. He holds an Associate of Science in Tool and Die Making and is currently working towards his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Chris creates “Tsuba” in the same way it was performed in the Edo period. The focus is on iron tsuba primarily in the Sukashi style. Inspiration is found in the organic qualities of nature characterized by subtle textures, contrasting shapes and bold compositions. Crawford owes a great deal of thanks to Patrick Hastings who has been his mentor in this field and a special thanks to Ford Hallam, who was his inspiration. Crawford aspires to create work equal to that of Hallam.
Tom Savoie was born in New Orleans, joined theNavy in 1961 and worked his way to Captain in 1975. Tom retired in 1995 and currently resides in Abbeville. He turned his first bowl in 2007and while turning the wood always works to let the individual characteristics of each piece of wood guide him in its final designs. He is a member of the Council of Lakeland Area.
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