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Art at O'Hara's Gallery: Al Leitch - July - September 2020

CCAL congratulates Al Leitch for being one of the two quarterly artists at O'Hara's Bakery and Café in Lexington through September. Al is an active member of CCAL. His pastels have won numerous awards. Al's display features both pastels and prints.

Congratulations Al!

stately home on Bay Street in Charleston, SC
"Bay Street" - Original Pastel by Al Leitch

Left Column: "Saluda Shoals" "Dawn on Lake Murray"

Right Column: "Marsh Patrol" "Marsh Queen"

About the artwork:

Bay Street, original pastel, 16 x 20 image, $850

Marsh Patrol, original pastel, 11 x 15 image, $375

Marsh Queen, framed giclee of pastel, 11 x 15 image, $145

Saluda Shoals, framed print of pastel, 11 x 14, $125

Dawn on Lake Murray, framed print of pastel, 11 x 14, $125

Photo of artist: Al Leitch

Artist Bio

Al Leitch

I was selected to participate in art programs for high school students at the Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Mellon University. With my engineering and business degrees, I pursued an academic career in accounting at several major universities, with the last 23 years at the University of South Carolina. During my career I taught thousands of students, published over 60 articles in leading journals, coauthored three books, held endowed professorships, and served as a department chair and as an associate dean.

​Inspired by the Hudson River School, I decided to renew my love of art upon retirement from USC. I participated in numerous Columbia and Southeastern Pastel Society workshops. I have been active in the Columbia art community serving as workshop coordinator, Vice President, and President of the Crooked Creek Art League. I am currently a member of the Village Artists. Also, many of my paintings and prints are on display art at Palmetto Fine Arts and Custom Framing in Chapin and at Custom Framer in Lexington. For a more complete display and print prices visit my website

​In addition to exhibiting my work in Columbia and Charleston, where I have won numerous awards: I was juried into the Southeastern Pastel Society's 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th International Exhibitions 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 show at the Center for the Arts at USC Beaufort, in my college reunion's Art Exhibit at Cornell University, in the Art Market at the Historic Honey Horn in Hilton Head, and the Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival, in Bluffton, SC. I recently attained Member of Excellence status in the Southeastern Pastel Society, became an Associate Member in the American Pastel Society, and received 2nd place in the Pastel Society of South Carolina’s Annual Exhibition.

Contact Al HERE.


CCAL Gallery Host:

O'Hara's Bakery Cafe Logo

CCAL is excited to be partnered with O'Hara's Bakery Cafe in Lexington to exhibit a rotating display of artwork by local artists.

Located on Historic Main Street in Lexington, O'Hara's goal is to provide an inviting atmosphere where you can enjoy gourmet coffee, signature cocktails and delectable desserts made from scratch right in our kitchen. They provide freshly brewed coffee that was roasted right here in the Palmetto State. And they tirelessly provide a variety of ingeniously-crafted, daily baked treats for you to indulge your taste buds. So, whether you’ve just eaten one of their delicious meals at O’Hara’s Public House, and still have room for a tasty treat, or you are out and about and looking for that extraordinary place calling out to your taste buds, it's a great place to go to indulge yourself!

And, you can add the enjoyment of beautiful artwork to your visit! The gallery exhibit spans a large brick wall inside the cafe at 121 E. Main Street in Lexington.

A collection of art by one to two artists is featured in this gallery in a display that rotates every three months. The gallery is open to the public during normal business hours.

For more on this and all our other galleries, click HERE.


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