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The Coffee Shelf Artists: Mar-Apr 2020

CCAL, congratulates the spotlight artists in The Coffee Shelf Gallery. The display for March and April features the artwork of two of Crooked Creek Art League's fine artists: Al Leitch and Joyce Oates.

Stop by and get something tasty to eat and drink while you enjoy the artwork!


Al Leitch

Additional artwork not pictured above:

Snowy's Marsh, Framed Original Pastel Painting 10x13 $325

Artist Bio:

Photography of Photographer Alex DiFrancesco

I was fortunate enough to participate in art programs for high school students at the Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Mellon University. With engineering and business degrees, I pursued an academic career where: I held endowed professorships, taught thousands of students, published over 60 articles, and coauthored three books. Inspired by the Hudson River School, I decided to renew my love of art upon retirement upon retirement from USC. I studied under Michael Story and Linda Sheppard, both nationally known artists as well as taking numerous workshops. I have been active in the Columbia art community serving as workshop coordinator, Vice President and President of the Crooked Creek Art League. In addition to showing my work in numerous shows in Columbia, where I won several awards, and in Charleston; I was juried into the Southeastern Pastel Society's 17th and 18th International Exhibits in Atlanta; the Southeastern Pastel Society’s Visual Arts Center Exhibition in Roswell, GA; the Appalachian Pastel Society's 2018 Show; and Artfields 2017. I participated in a six-person show at the Center for the Arts at USC Beaufort, in my reunion's 2017 art Exhibit at Cornell University and recently in the Art Market at the Historic Honey Horn in Hilton Head. I’m a member of the Village Artists Gallery in Columbia where many of my painting are on display.

You can see more of Al's artwork in his online gallery on this website HERE and at You can reach Al by clicking HERE.


Joyce Oates

Photo of artist: Joyce Oates

Artist Bio: Joyce Oates

As the retired postmaster of USPS in Prosperity, S. C., I now have the time to pursue my passion for painting. I paint mainly in oil, but also use acrylics and watercolors when needed. I have been commissioned to paint portraits, murals, and landscapes. I enjoy painting Lake Murray water birds (ducks, Canadian geese, egrets, and blue herons).

I have entered and sold paintings in the S.C. State Fair Art Exhibit. As a member of Chapin Crooked Creek Art League, I was an award winner several years in their Annual Art Exhibits & Juried Shows. I have painted murals in homes and in our church. I paint on commission for portraits of children, pets, bridal couples, and portraits from photos of old homes and family members.

My work is hanging locally in Newberry, Prosperity, Chapin, and Little Mountain galleries.

You can reach Joyce by clicking HERE.


CCAL Gallery Host:

The Coffee Shelf Logo

The gallery is located in the lobby of The Coffee Shelf at 130 Amicks Ferry Road in Chapin. It hosts the artwork of two of Crooked Creek Art League's fine artists on a two month rotation.

For more on the gallery, click HERE.

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