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Art at O'Hara's Gallery: Karen Petta - January through March 2023

CCAL congratulates Karen Petta for being one of the two quarterly artists at O'Hara's Bakery and Café in Lexington from January through March. Karen is a newer member of the League, and we appreciate her volunteering to share her art.

Congratulations Karen!

an acrylic painting of the hull of a blue boat docked in the water's edge by artist Karen Petta

About the artwork:

Docked – acrylic – 24 x 36 - $475

Shrimping – acrylic - 36 x 48 - $680

Low Country Church – acrylic – 22 x 28 - $325

Basket of Crabs – acrylic – 24 x 30 - $425

Trio - acrylic – 12 x 24 - $210

Sea Turtle – 18 x 24 - $325

Misty – acrylic – 26 x 20 - $155

Artist Bio

Karen Petta

Drawing, painting, sculpting and basically anything to do with art has been a passion of mine since I was a young child. I was fortunate to have encouraging parents who allowed me to paint on walls, and at times (less encouraging) on furniture. Though I never stopped working on art, I decided to study psychology in college and graduated with a Masters from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Following graduation I worked in the field of mental health, focusing on treatment for post traumatic stress and mood disorders. Art continued to be a part of my life and was often incorporated into therapy sessions. Our family grew with the birth of twin daughters and later our son.

In 2005 we relocated to South Carolina. It was at this time I put my therapy hat on the shelf and devoted myself full time to art. I opened a hands-on studio in Lexington. The studio helped me meet amazing people and encourage young children to grow in their pursuit of art. In 2009 we had a surprise blessing, my son Dylan! New time restrictions compelled me to turn over my studio. I was sad to let go of the store front but was blessed in the end as I was able to focus time on my own art.

South Carolina and its beauty has been such an inspiration in my paintings. The wildlife, historical buildings and churches touch me in a way that I feel compelled to capture them on canvas. I am so grateful to be in South Carolina during this part of my artistic journey.


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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