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The Coffee Shelf Artist: Aug - Sept 2021

CCAL, congratulates Al Leitch, who is a featured artist in The Coffee Shelf Gallery for August and September.

Stop by and get something tasty to eat and drink while you enjoy the artwork!


Al Leitch

About the Artwork:

"Palmetto Sunset" 16 x 20 Custom framed original pastel -- $850

"Dawn on Lake Murray" 16 x 20 Custom framed giclee of original pastel-- $245

"Prosperity, Past and Present" 11 x 14 Custom framed original pastel -- $345

"Rainbow Falls" 11 x 14 Custom framed print of original pastel -- $125

"Courting" 11 x 14 Custom framed print of original pastel -- $125

"Carolina Memories" 8 x 10 Framed print of original pastel -- $45

"Chickadees" 5 x7 Framed original pastel -- $85 (not shown above)

Artist Bio:

Al Leitch

Artist Photo: Al Leitch

Having always been interested in art I was fortunate enough to have been selected to participate in art programs for high school students at the Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Mellon University. However, with engineering and business degrees, I pursued an academic career in accounting at several major universities, with the last 23 years at the University of South Carolina. During my career I taught thousands of students, published over 60 articles in leading journals, coauthored three books and held endowed professorships. Upon retirement from USC I was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Inspired by the Hudson River School and their vision of the natural beauty around us, I decided to renew my love of art upon retirement by taking numerous workshops and becoming active in the Columbia art community. I served as workshop coordinator, Vice President and President of the Crooked Creek Art League. I’m a member of the Village Artists Gallery at the Village of Sandhill where I show most of my work. My work has been exhibited in numerous local and regional 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 Atlanta; juried into the Southeastern Pastel Society’s Visual Arts Center Exhibition in Roswell, GA.; juried into Appalachian Pastel Society's 2018 show; selected to show one of my paintings at ArtFields; juried into from "Etchings to Pastels" at the Charleston Museum; and participated in the Pastel Society of South Carolina's shows at the Convention Center in Charleston, Old Santee Canal Museum, and Circular Congregational Church in Charleston. 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 and was juried into the American Pastel Society as an Associate Member.

Contact Information & website



CCAL Gallery Host:

The Coffee Shelf Logo

The Coffee Shelf has long been a place to enjoy a wonderful brew and tasty sweets in a comfortable environment. What better place to also enjoy art? We are excited to partner with The Coffee Shelf to showcase the artwork of local artists.

Two artists are featured in this gallery with each display. Each artist has a 8x10 wall to display a dozen or more pieces of wall hanging artwork. The displays rotate every two months. The gallery, which is located in the lobby of The Coffee Shelf at 130 Amicks Ferry Road in Chapin, is open to the public during normal business hours.

For more on our public galleries, click HERE.


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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