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CCAL Artists in National Exhibition

Congratulations go out to two of our wonderful artists: Karen Larrabee and Anne Hightower Patterson for being juried in to the highly competitive National Exhibition show by the SC Watermedia Society.

Congratulations Graphic: SC Watermedia Society 44th National Exhibition

As in past years, the juror, Fred Graff, evaluated the entries and selected works to be included in the show. This show will be exhibited at the Pickens County Museum, where the public may view the larger show and the juror will evaluate and select award-winning pieces. The show will be open to the public August 2 – September 24, and an online exhibition of works will also be available on the SC Watermedia Society website. To see a complete list of all accepted artists and for more information about this exhibition, visit the 44th Annual National Exhibition page where you will find the official prospectus and more information on juror Frederick Graff and the exhibition’s format.

About the artists:

Artist Bio

Karen Larrabee

Photo of Artist: 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.


Artist Bio

Anne Hightower Patterson


Classic American Watercolors

In 2016, Anne Hightower-Patterson was selected by Watercolor Magazine as one of 10 artists nationwide as "Ones to Watch". Nominated for this designation by internationally known artist, Linda Daly Baker, she has been singled out for more and more nation recognition through the past few years.

A native of South Carolina, Anne is now in her fifth decade of creating art.

"I can remember sitting at my father’s knee when I was about five and watching him paint in watercolor. Somewhere deep inside the heart and mind of that little girl was an artist waiting to grow old enough to create. At the age of 12, the Charleston County school system provided the opportunity for art classes. It was the first step awakening that artist in me. The passion has existed within me ever since that time and has only grown stronger through the years."

"My first teacher, Virginia Fouche’ Bolton, provided a strong foundation in her disciplined approach to instruction. Upon reflection, I know I was blessed with one of the greatest instructors and she was a watercolorist, as well. Everything I do today, is built upon the foundation she taught during my high school years."

During the intervening years. Anne has earned a BFA in studio art from the University of South Carolina and a Master's in Education. After working 29 years in the public school system, Anne retired and now paints full time in her studio and teaches classes and workshops in Columbia, SC and throughout the Southeast. She is married to Ron White and resides in Saluda County near Lake Murray. South Carolina.

She is a popular speaker and instructor for art groups and guilds.

Learn more about Anne and view her artwork at and on this website at


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