Meet Our Instructors
Megan Achelpohl is a native of Newberry but resides in Prosperity, South Carolina, with her husband and fur babies. Megan graduated from Newberry College with a Bachelor’s degree in studio art. Megan’s art talents were obvious to all her public school art teachers including Marquerite Palmer who taught at Newberry Middle School.
Megan has been a part of NAC since 2014. She has led painting parties and taught pottery to both adults and children. Megan has also been a big part of our summer camps and afternoon art, helping to design the curriculum for these young artists with fellow teacher, Katie Walters
You can find Megan’s pottery for sale in our Artisan shop.
Debie Burton, has lived all over the United States but has finally put her roots down here in Newberry, South Carolina with her husband Wayne, her brother Scott and her fur babies.
Debie began taking pottery classes at NAC in January 2016. It was soon apparent that Debie had a true knack for clay and began teaching workshops, as well as managing NAC’s clay studio. Her clay turtles, angels and nativities are a big part of the artisan shop.
Debie loves people and has many repeat students in her workshops, because she makes sure everyone has a good time!
You can find Debie’s work for sale in our Artisan Shop.
Marjorie Huwa is a transplant from Maine starting in 2003.
Her formal art training began at Swain School of Design, now part of UMass-Dartmouth, and finished up at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Art-Studio Arts in 1984. In 1987 She began her career in education, teaching Art in the Baileyville, ME public-school system for 15 years.
Once settled in the South at Prosperity, her retirement left her with an empty nest BUT a brand-new studio. She then delved into the florals and old buildings that are a hallmark of the South.
Currently she works as an Adjunct Art Instructor at Newberry College, a position she has held since 2010. Marjorie teaches oil, acrylic and mixed media at NAC, where her students “get the support to bring (their) half baked ideas to full fruition,” as one of her students stated. Ideas are just endless possibilities!!
Her paintings have been displayed in many counties throughout South Carolina. Submitted and accepted into the following Juried Art Shows over the years:
1986 Maine State Fair, Bangor, ME
1st Place, Mother Mixed Media
2006 Invitational Arts Exhibition, Union County, SC
Merit Award – Hekate Oil on Canvas
2008 Annual SC Juried Art Show, Pickens County, SC
Spartanburg Annual Juried Art Show
2012 & 2018 York County Arts Council Annual Juried Competition, SC
2015 Art Fields, Lake City
2015, 2016, 2017 & 2019 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition
2012 & 2015 SC Festival of Flowers Annual Juried Show, Greenville, SC
Crooked Creek Art League Juried Show
2005 – Merit Award – Dance of Paradise - Oil on Canvas
2006 – Judy Faye Best Overall Design Award – Women Oil on Canvas
2008 – 1st Place Copper Urn Still Life Pastel
South Carolina State Fair – 2005 through 2016, 2018
You can find Marjorie’s paintings for sale in our Artisan Shop.
Oil Painting, Acrylic Painting, Mixed Media
Katie Walters is a mixed-media artist who works primarily in painting and printmaking. Born in Columbia, Katie has spent most of her life growing up in rural Newberry County, South Carolina. Katie graduated from Newberry College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Teaching.
Katie currently teaches Art in the Newberry County Public School District and has been teaching classes at NAC since 2015. Katie’s knowledge of art education, and her wonderful ability with children has been a big part of the programs at NAC. Katie helps to create the curriculum for our summer camps and afternoon art, as well as teaching painting parties to adults and children.
Anne Hightower Patterson White
A native of South Carolina, Anne is now in her fifth decade of creating art. Anne earned a BFA in studio art from the University of South Carolina and a Master's in Education. After working 29 years in the public school system, Anne retired and now paints full time in her studio and teaches classes and workshops. She is married to Ron White and resides in Saluda County near Lake Murray, South Carolina.
Anne has received numerous awards and recognition. In 2016, Anne was selected by Watercolor Magazine as one of 10 artists nationwide as "Ones to Watch".
Anne has been teaching watercolor at NAC since 2014. She has a large following and her classes are in high demand!
Anne also loves Edisto Island and makes jewelry that she has appropriately named, “Pieces of Edisto.”
You can find Anne’s jewelry, as well as her paintings for sale in our Artisan Shop.
Watercolor and Jewelry
Alyssa moved across the country to Newberry with her family in 2019 and has loved exploring South Carolina.
Alyssa has been painting since she was a little girl and received a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from Utah State University. She has taught as an art teacher in SC public schools as well as teen summer camps, and adult oil painting at NAC.
Alyssa loves the outdoors and her work focuses on the natural environment and landscape. It is such that you feel as if you can step right into the scenery of the painting.
Katie Sherfield-Tarver is an award-winning artist who lives on Lake Greenwood with her husband and pack of rescue dogs.
She graduated from Lander University with a Bachelor's degree in Visual Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design. During her senior year, she filled her elective credits with ceramics classes and absolutely fell in love! Her senior year was spent in the ceramics studio learning all that she could in her spare time.