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December Message from Our President

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December 11, 2021

Dear Fellow Crooked Creek Art League Members:

This is the final letter of 2021 as my next letter will be in January 2022. Time is flying this year. Our Christmas party will be at Crooked Creek Park this Monday, December 13th at 5:30 p.m. Come out and enjoy the games and social time with our fellow league members. Bring a side dish of your choice. I know all that come will enjoy the music, food, games and fun.

Our Still Hopes Exhibition has been judged and the winners announced tonight at the reception to honor the winners. I would like to thank our judge, Alicia Leeke, for her expert judging. Congratulations to all of our winners!

1st Place for Non-Photography

Peeling Back the Layers

Rebecca Horne

1st Place for Photography

The Bell”

Kimberly Case

2nd Place

“Swan Lake Iris Garden, Sumter, SC Lady of the Lake”

Dale T. Bishop

3rd Place

“Orchid with Torn Edges”

Renea Eshleman

Patron Award

“Schooner 2”

Bobbi Sorensen

Patron Award

“Migration #4 - The interloper”

Tommy Thompson

Patron Award – Non-Photography

“Persimmon Hill Cardinal”

Brian Fox

People’s Choice Award

Fancy Fluid Flowers”

Rebecca Horne

We are proud of all participants. The judge said that there was lots of talent and it was not easy making a decision. The reception was a great success with around 50 Still Hopes Residents attending and a little more than 20 Crooked Creek Art League members and their spouses and guests attending as well. We shared in lots of good food and beverages and were given the opportunity to win some beautiful poinsettias as door prizes. We really enjoyed the time mingling with all the residents. Winners that were not present, we will give you your checks Monday night at the Christmas party or mail them to you.

As 2022 approaches, don’t forget to sign up for the first workshop of the new year. Barbie Mathis is January 7th and 8th presenting “Finding Your Style in Fluid Acrylics”. This is a great opportunity to explore a new medium or technique for all advanced and beginner artists. I know you will be glad that you participated and will come away with some great new ideas.

February 4th we are blessed to have Russell Jewel. This two-day workshop will explain how drawing has nothing to do with talent. Drawing is a learned skill. Simple proof: Try tracing an image with tracing paper. If you are successful, you have proven you can draw. You may think, “but I can’t draw what I see in front of me.” If this is the case, then you have a seeing problem not a drawing problem and this workshop is going to teach you how to see. Seeing is a learned skill. Learn to see… thus draw with Russell Jewell Ed.D.

Our Juried Show Chairmen, Kay Stallings and Lisa Alberghini, are busy planning our Spring show. They would like for anyone that would kindly help find sponsors to contact them for information. If you have a friend or a business acquaintance that you would kindly approach about sponsorships, it will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Mary Collette at or our Co-Chairs with this information. ( or

If I do not see you Monday, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each and every one of you! Enjoy your family while you can.


Kay Fox, President

Crooked Creek Art League

Photo of CCAL 2022 President: Kay Fox
CCAL 2022 President: Kay Fox

Quote of the Month

“To create one’s own world takes courage.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

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