Karen Mack said bold figures and happy people characterize McCord’s paintings.
“Jake referred to them as ‘jolly looking,’” she said.
Pamela Gutlon, the owner of Outsiders Art & Collectibles, said the Macks approached her about hosting the show.
“Jake was considered a genuine outsider — his work is stunning and interesting and he had a really good story — he’s the real deal,” Gutlon said.
“He has a traditional background of being African-American and uneducated, but he taught himself how to paint and he’s a memory artist, so he does paintings of things he’s remembered or seen.”
The gallery will be featuring a collection of 12 of McCord’s paintings, which are also available for purchase.
“Every month we host a show that celebrates the life of these particular artists and their work, so we hope people will see (the exhibition) and enjoy it for what it is, and maybe even buy some,” Gutlon said.
Greg Mack said McCord represents a dwindling group of folk artists in the area.
“We’re not seeing those same types of folks coming up nowadays, which is frustrating for collectors,” he said.
“So I’m hoping people appreciate this art because when you look, it’s a lot harder to find now.”
Karen Mack said the exhibition serves as a celebration of McCord’s work, which didn’t receive recognition on a large scale.
“He didn’t really reach the height of popularity that we thought he deserved as an outsider artist,” Karen Mack said.
“We think he’s genuine and delightful, but a lot of people haven’t seen his work, so we wanted to try and spread it around a little bit.”