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Blue Lavender Gallery - March 2021: Karen Larrabee

Please join us in congratulating this month's featured artist in the "Blue Lavender Spa Gallery", Karen Larrabee, with her beautiful painting.

About the Artwork

Title: Just Breathe

Media: Mixed Media Painting

Size: 22.5x18 (hw) Framed

Price: $500

Artist Statement: "Just Breathe" is partial photo transfer on canvas with an acrylic painting overlay and a little bit of fairy dust. The model is a former neighbor who graciously agreed to pose for me in my yard. And the dress she is wearing was given to me by another neighbor! I loved this setting with the light shining on the dress, her hair, and especially her face. Not knowing any of the above, her expression makes you want to know what is on her mind and why she needed to go outside and "Just Breathe".

Photo of artist Karen Larrabee

Artist Bio

Karen Larrabee

A past-president and 15 yr. member of the Crooked Creek Art League, Karen Larrabee moved to Chapin, SC, 15 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 12 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."

For more Information: Email Karen by clicking HERE.


CCAL Gallery Host:

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The gallery is located in the lobby of Blue Lavender Spa and Medical Aesthetics at 1400 Chapin Road in Chapin. It hosts a rotating display with a new piece from a Crooked Creek Art League artist featured each month.


Interested in becoming a gallery display artist? For more information or to be selected as an exhibit artist, contact our Public Gallery Coordinator.

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