The TAP Gallery Best in Show for January/February is Al Leitch's pastel, Bay Street Lady. The theme was Street Scenes. Thank you to all the CCAL artists who shared their art and to the park's staff for selecting the Best in Show.
About the piece
I have always loved the beautiful architecture of our coastal communities in South Carolina. I decided to paint Bay Street Lady to capture the beauty of this historic architecture. It is located on Bay Street in the block west of the business district across from the marina in Beaufort, SC. It is the Robert Means house. It was built around 1800, but the stately veranda was not added until early 1900.
All Street Scenes paintings may be viewed in the lobby of Crooked Creek Park until February 20, 2023. Thank you to all CAL artists who shared their art.
I enjoy painting the majesty of His creation, whether its natural or created through mankind. We live in a beautiful world; and it is my desire to capture that beauty through my paintings. I’m motivated to paint by the aura of a scene. Examples may be a misty morning, an awesome sunset, great architecture, a beautiful marsh, mysterious woodlands, thundering waterfalls, or elegance of our feathered friends. My overall goal for those who see or purchase my paintings or prints to enjoy them.
My work has been exhibited in numerous local and state venues, where I have won several awards. Of particular note, I was part of a two-month art show at the Center for the Arts at USC Beaufort. I was juried into the Southeastern Pastel Society's 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th International juried Exhibits in the Atlanta area; juried into the Southeastern Pastel Society’s Visual Arts Center Exhibition in Roswell, GA.; juried into Appalachian Pastel Society's 2018 show; juried into the 2022 NC Statewide Members Exhibit; selected to show one of my paintings at ArtFields; selected for "Etchings to Pastels" at the Charleston Museum; and participated in the Pastel Society of South Carolina's shows at the Convention Center, Old Santee Canal Museum, Circular Congregational Church, and The Park Circle Gallery in the Charleston area. I was part of my Reunion’s art exhibit at the Bibliowicz Gallery in Millstein Hall at Cornell University. Recently I achieved Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society, was juried into the American Pastel Society as an Associate Member and was awarded 2nd place in the Pastel Society of South Carolina 2021 Members show and was juried into the Southeastern Pastel Society's 2022 National Exhibition in Atlanta.
The theme for February is Figures and/or Portraits which will be hung at the next general meeting on February 20, 2023.