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Spotlight Artist October 2019: Karen Larrabee

Our Spotlight Artist of the Month in the Chapin Chamber of Commerce this month is: Karen Larrabee!

Please join us in congratulating Karen on her wonderful artwork!

Photograph "Sunrise on Lake Murray", by Alex DiFrancesco

"Back into the Woods II"

Mixed Media Painting, 25"w x 33"h


About the Artwork:

This is a mixed media piece that incorporates a 2 block/2 color, wood cut block print, water color, and collage. After I started doing small, 1 of a kind, collage cards, I thought it would be fun to enlarge the process and decided to use new prints from wood blocks I had carved back in my college days. This was the 2nd in the series that now has 5 pieces. I love the layering process and wonder how many more pieces I can come up with!

Photo of Artist: Karen Larrabee

Artist Bio:

A past-president and current board member of the Crooked Creek Art League, Karen Larrabee moved to Chapin, SC, 13 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 11 awards from the Crooked Creek Art League’s Juried Exhibitions including the Member's Choice Award in 2014 and First Place Master's in 2019.

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."

You can see more of Karen's work on this website at, and at Palmetto Fine Arts.

For more Information:

Email Karen by clicking HERE.

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