The MACK is proud of our “Resident Artists”.
Typically these artists instruct art classes, provide commission works, or have a studio located at the MACK. With so much regional talent, we are lucky to have these artists a part of our organization.
Our MACK Resident Artists
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 media, 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 she has 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 the 2009 & 2010 juried shows at the MACK. She received Honorable Mention at the Yellow Jasmine Festival in North Augusta 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 Aikin 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.
Russell Jeffcoat is a South Carolina native specializing in fine art photography. The Ogden Museum in New Orleans has selected some of his photographs for inclusion in their permanent collection, and his work has been published in Time, Newsweek, Acoustic Guitar Magazine and Playboy, among other publications. Russell has received international awards for photography and cinematography, most recently being included as a winner of the Photo District News (PSDN) 2012 Faces competition, one of the largest and best competitions for professionals in the world. His work is widely collected, and in addition to exploring and scouting for locations and traveling nationally and internationally for fashion clients, he spends his time teaching both music and photography, including the creative process. Given Russell’s interest in music, it is no surprise that his work appears on several album covers. Russell has shot still photography for feature films and has photographed many celebrities. He describes himself as primarily a beauty, portrait, and fashion photographer and enjoys photographing people who claim to be “hard to photograph.”
Russell’s interest in photography arose while on scholarship at USC for pole vaulting/javelin. While at USC, he won a national photo contest sponsored by Nikon. Russell was mentored by some of the best photographers in the business and began as a stringer for feature photos for The State newspaper. In total, Russell has spent thousands of hours in the darkroom and has worked with luminaries in the field including Annie Leibovitz, and his mentor, Hunter Clarkson.
George Ligon – Photography
“My camera and lens are my paintbrush, my eyes the canvas. Wherever I travel, whether at home or abroad, I try to look for interesting images to capture and present in an artistic manner. My use of media other than photographic paper has expanded my vision in what I can accomplish artistically. Often I present my works as paintings on canvas, metallic paper and metal.
I aim for simplicity – never cluttering the images, but rather drawing on all the depth and power of color and my knowledge of composition. As an African American, I have always been sensitive to the force color can have in terms of expression and importance.
I want the viewer to find beauty and enjoyment in my work – and I love that so many people do. The enthusiasm of my viewers is a constant inspiration for me.”
The New York native and his wife retired to the Greenwood area six years ago. His parents had grown up here, so he was familiar with the area. Ligon spent 34 years in the education field and co-owned a photography studio for most of those years. Retirement and slowing down are what he intended to do when he came south.
Chris McMullen and her husband Frank arrived in the McCormick area in 2001 and made their home in Savannah Lakes Village. The McMullen’s are long-time treasured volunteers at the MACK and are also avid supporters of the Artisans Gallery Shop where Chris offers pastel portraits and hand painted gourds, some of which are oriental designs. Her favorite artistic medium is pastels, which allow the unique ability to portray a softness of skin tone, hair and eye characteristics of a subject. She works from photographs and is always happy to accept commissions for portraits of that very special person.
Chris learned her skills by watching her artist mother paint and she continues to study under local fine artists who offer classes at the MACK. She has entered her portraits in several juried exhibitions there. This talented and generous artist declares that “Volunteerism is my first love” and proves it by lending her assistance to the children’s educational art projects and summer programs held at the MACK.
Pat Meyers – Art Instruction
(New Students / Beginners / Intermediate)
In the year 2000 Pat enrolled in acrylic lessons with D.D. Watson in the Atlanta area. Her talents were well recognized and she continued until moving to McCormick County in 2005. Upon discovering the MACK she took watercolor classes from Bill Updegraff. Shortly thereafter, she began acrylic and sketching classes with Clint Scott. Pat found Mr. Scott to be her most inspiring instructor and has continued his classes to the present.
Pat’s works have been recognized through numerous awards from various exhibitions. For example, Best of Show in the juried show at the MACK in 2008, Honorable Mention at the Festival of Flowers exhibit in Greenwood in 2009 and Honorable Mention at the Spring Fest show in North Augusta in 2014.
Pat is excited to be enjoying her first teaching experience this year at the MACK. She hopes her work evokes emotion and memories while leaving a lasting, reflective state of heart and mind.
(New Students / Beginners / Intermediate)
All my life I have enjoyed crafting. When my two boys were in high school, I started taking oil painting classes and fell in love with the medium.
After moving to McCormick, I started working in the Gallery Shop at the MACK. I would see aspiring artists bringing their paintings to art class. I was jealous! Soon I was taking watercolor and acrylics classes with several different instructors. The last two years with instructor Clint Scott have been so enjoyable! I eagerly look forward to class, learning many new techniques. Painting is fun, come try it!
Community Threads / Fabric Workshops
Belinda is a new resident of McCormick having arrived in early December. She and her husband Mark have vacationed on the lake for many years and decided to call it home after retirement.
Belinda’s earliest memories of quilting are those at her grandmother’s side as she cut patches with scissors using paper templates before sewing them into quilts by hand.
Many of those quilts are the inspiration for the ones Belinda makes today. Her biggest project was in 2007, having made a collection of quilts, “Ten Quilts for the 82nd.” Her son was deployed to Afghanistan and while he was there, she made ten quilts for him and the officers assigned with him. Belinda designed each one based on a theme suggested by each soldier. She is a member of the Island Quilters Guild in Charleston, SC, and served as the editor of the group’s newsletter. She also established and led the “Common Threads” group at Bethany United Methodist Church in Charleston. The members made prayer quilts and shawls as part of the prayer ministry of the church.
Many of those involved had never quilted, but in the first year, the group was able to construct and present twelve quilts to members of the church family.
The art of quilting is being passed down in Belinda’s family through her granddaughter, Kate, who is almost 9. She has been designing and sewing at Belinda’s side, but they use rotary cutters and rulers, and sew their quilts on a machine!
Originally from Hazel Park, Michigan, artist Clint Scott graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1971 with a BFA degree in Graphic Design & Illustration. Right out of College, ABC Network Television hired Clint as an Associate Art Director to do movie and news art. After a few years he landed his dream job as an illustrator for Pitt Studios, one of the nation’s largest art studios.
As a young artist, Clint felt blessed to be tutored by some of the finest illustrators in the country. He got to work with artists who specialized in hand lettering, acrylic painting, watercolor, paper sculpture & drawing. As Clint explains, “the ‘old timers’ were very generous with sharing their secrets. I believe that this is where I first understood the gift of passing down the mystery of art.”
Clint was honored with numerous Communicating Arts and American Institute of Graphic Arts awards while at Pitt Studios. He was also selected to exhibit in the Bicentennial Smithsonian Show for stamp design. In 1989 one of his pieces won as one of the top ten posters in America as judged by Target Marketing Magazine. After 14 years at the studio, Clint was promoted to Creative Director.
After deciding that the northern winters were too long, Clint moved to Atlanta where and his wife Lynda worked for the next ten years. During that time he taught at the Atlanta College of Art & Clayton State University. In 2005 Clint & Lynda moved to McCormick, SC. The serene beauty, hometown atmosphere and supportive arts community were irresistible. Over the last 7 years Mr. Scott has been teaching at Piedmont Technical College and the McCormick Arts Council. “It has been very rewarding to see people surprised by what they didn’t know they could achieve.”
Suzanne Simoneau first became interested in basket weaving after seeing the beautiful pine needle baskets that her mother had woven. Suzanne began taking basket weaving classes in 1997 taught by Laura Lee Zanger in Augusta, Georgia. She is a charter member of the River Country Basket Guild which was formed from the basketry class group. This guild is a part of the Georgia basketry association. She has also been active with the South Carolina basket conventions and summer workshops as well as the Bluegrass Area Basket seminars in Jabez, KY.
Suzanne teaches basket weaving at the river Country Basket Guild in Augusta, GA, and the Aiken Center for the Arts in Aiken, SC. She has also taught a class at Curtis Baptist Church and at the Augusta Library lunch & learn. She has participated in events at the Augusta Museum of History, the Watermelon Festival in Thomson, GA, and the Senior Center in Grovetown.
Suzanne enjoys weaving all styles of baskets, but has a special interest in reed market baskets and pine needle baskets. She currently lives in Evans, GA.
Bill Updegraff – Watercolor, Oil
Mr. Updegraff began his painting career over twenty nine years ago and is very dedicated to the medium. Bill supports several watercolor societies and is a signature member of the following: Kentucky Watercolor Society, Indiana Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of Alabama. He currently exhibits with the Brown County Artist Guild Gallery in Nashville, Indiana.
His works are in private collections, corporate collections and the permanent collection of the Sheldon Swope Gallery in Terre Haute, Indiana. Below is a list of exhibitions and shows he has participated in:
Kentucky Watercolor Society, Annual Wabash Valley Exhibitions, Patrons Watercolor Gala 1988, Northwest Territory Art Guild, Adirondacs Annual Watercolor Show 1987, Hoosier Salon Annual, Indiana Artist Club Annual 1990, Watercolor Society of Indiana, Watercolor Society of Alabama,Georgia and South Carolina national juried shows.
Bill has held solo shows in the Lander University Gallery, the McCormick Arts at Keturah Gallery and the Greenwood Arts Council Gallery in South Carolina. He is currently teaching watercolor classes in Greenwood and McCormick.