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Chapin Library Gallery: July - September 2022

Please join us in congratulating member Roberta (Bobbi) Sorensen for her beautiful oil paintings currently on display in the Chapin Library Artist Gallery.

street view of Carnaby Street in London in the rain
"Rainy Day Shopping on Carnaby Street" by Bobbi Sorensen

About the Artwork

  • Rainy Day Shopping on Carnaby Street, oil, 20 x 24, $850

  • Tranquility, oil, 16 x 24, $450

  • Boy with a Bird, oil, 20 x 20, $600

  • A Walk in the Woods, framed giclee print, 14 x 18, $400

  • Red Sales, framed giclee print, 18 x 22, $400

Artist Bio

Photo of artist Roberta (Bobbi) Sorensen

Roberta (Bobbi) Sorensen

Roberta (Bobbi) Sorensen began studying art in College in Los Angeles in the late 1960s, and because her goal was to teach art, she earned an undergraduate degree in Art Education from the University of Maryland. She was honored when asked to donate one of her works to the University for its permanent collection.

After graduation, Bobbi was disappointed to learn there were too many art teachers, and she had to join the job market in an area different from that which she planned. Bobbi ultimately earned a master’s degree in Political Science from the George Washington University, Washington, DC. and worked for five years on the US Senate Labor Committee, as a registered lobbyist for the College of American Pathologists, and as Executive Director of the Westchester (NY) Academy of Medicine and the Medical Society of Northern Virginia, and finally as Executive Director of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, a training institute affiliated with George Washington University. During these years she artistically limited herself to doing occasional charcoal portraits and designing and illustrating the association’s brochures, flyers, and banners.

Bobbi has served on several boards of directors, including the Northern Virginia Area Health Education Center, and Women in Government Relations. She earned a Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential which has helped her with her association work, and ultimately her art league volunteer efforts.

Bobbi semi-retired in 2014, moved to SC, and joined the Crooked Creek Art League, which she credits for stimulating her interrupted creative growth. She has served as Secretary of the Board, Chair of the Bylaws Committee, Chair of the Fall Juried Show at Still Hopes in 2019 and 2021 and is chairing the first CCAL exhibit sponsored by Friends of the Irmo Library. After finally setting up a home studio and picking up a brush, Bobbi has entered and won awards in each of the CCAL annual juried shows since she joined in 2017, including a first-place win in 2020 for the featured painting, “Street Band”.

Bobbi’s philosophy is that it is never too late, and she is making up for those years when a career interfered with her growth as an artist. She spent the first couple years in SC experimenting with different media but ultimately settled on oil and now focuses entirely on its endless possibilities. Participation in selected local shows, commissions, and volunteering with the Art League now consume Bobbi’s time. Other work can be viewed at

You can also see more of Bobbi's artwork on her page on this website at"bobbi"-sorensen.

Email Bobbi by clicking HERE.


CCAL Gallery Host:

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Each month, the Chapin Library Gallery located in the Chapin Public Library at 129 N. W. Columbia Avenue

features a monthly art exhibit by a different featured CCAL artist. The gallery can be viewed during regular Chapin Library hours.

This exhibit space allows for expanded displays with series or mixed multiple pieces by the artist. It hosts a minimum of 6-8 pieces but can accommodate as many as 12 pieces per month. Wall hanging and 3D artwork may be included in this exhibit.

For more on our public galleries, click HERE.


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