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"With a little help from my friends"

Our Chapin Library art exhibit for September is a special treat to kick off the new year!

Chapin Library Art Display by Karen Larrabee

"With a little help from my friends"

Actually a lot of help! 😍

Under the direction of artist Karen Larrabee, The Real Housewives of Crystal Pines created the recycled materials sculpture, "FANCY FISH", and a recycled convertible ball gown/cocktail dress, "BUBBLE COUTURE" to create a trifecta installation with Karen's painting, water flow/bubble dance, an abstract liquid watercolor on yupo, a plastic paper. The large fish is mostly woven strips of mylar balloons on a plastic netting, and flower pot covers. The dress is made from an old solar pool cover and the fluffy bottom lifts right off!

Next stop is an eSTEAM festival in Sumter and then an exhibition in Anderson after that!

Artist's Bio:

A past-president and board member of the Crooked Creek Art League, Karen Larrabee

moved to Chapin, SC, 12 years ago and feels blessed by the move.

Karen was born and raised in northern NJ and loved to draw and paint since “forever, it seems”. Her awards began in high school where she had a wonderful and encouraging art program. Marietta College, a small, liberal arts school in Marietta, Ohio, lured her to the Midwest. She received a B.A. in art and education and eventually a Master’s of Liberal learning, (yes, a MA.L.L. degree!) with concentrations in studio art, art history and art education, where her awards continued. While in Ohio, she married, raised a family and taught art for 30 years until her retirement in 2004, continuing to grow her resume. After her daughter transferred to USC, Karen and her husband, David, fell in love with the Midlands. The rest, as they say, “is history”. So far in SC she has been become a Member of Excellence in the South Carolina Watermedia Society, she has been juried into the Greenwood Arts Festival, the Union Exhibit and the State Fair competition every year she has entered, receiving Patron Purchase Awards at the fair in 2009, 2011 and 2014 and a Merit award in 2017. She has also won 10 awards from the Crooked Creek Art League’s Juried Exhibitions including the People's Choice Award in 2014.

Karen says, “I like to define myself as a free-style artist as I love all things creative. I have continuously been exposed to, and engaged in many media and styles and enjoy the freedom to be creative and experiment artistically."

See more of Karen's work in her gallery on this website at

You can reach Karen by clicking HERE.

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