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The Coffee Shelf Artist: Karen Larrabee - January through March 2024

CCAL congratulates Karen Larrabee, one of the featured artists in The Coffee Shelf Gallery for January through March 2024. Karen is an award-winning artist who has served in many positions on both the Executive Committee and Executive Board for Crooked Creek Art League.

Come out and help celebrate the new owners of The Coffee Shelf and their dedication to continuing to serve Chapin with good drinks, good food, good art - what could be better?

Congratulations, Karen!


shimmering pink and salmon colored flowers by artist Karen Larrabee

About the Art:


"Efflorescence" - mixed media, $400

Row 1:

"Ethereal Garden" - mixed media collage, $300 "Just Breathe," - mixed media, $500

Row 2:

"Kaleidoscope of Leaves" - fluid acrylic, $400 "Not Rabbit Food" - watercolor on yupo, $400

Row 3:

"Summertime" - mixed media, $200 "Village Church in Normandy" - watercolor, $300 "Warm and Fuzzy" - watercolor, $400

Artist Bio

photo of artist, Karen Larrabee


I like to define myself as a free-style artist as I love all things creative. I was born and raised in northern New Jersey where I had many opportunities to visit the museums of NYC. How they inspired me! I then went on to receive a bachelor's degree in art and education and a Master's of Liberal Learning, (yes, a MA.L.L., degree), with concentrations in studio art/art history and art education from Marietta College, Marietta, OH, where I stayed for more than 30 years. While in Ohio, I married, raised a family and taught art until my retirement many years ago. And I received awards for both my teaching and artistic endeavors.

After moving to SC more than 17 years ago, and soon joining the Crooked Creek Art League, I knew I had found my new home. Since then, I have served the league in many capacities, became a signature member of the SC Watermedia Society, and won numerous awards from the league (15), the SC State Fair art exhibit, Fairfield County's Art Guild shows and the Columbia Museum of Art, Design League's Runaway Runway recycled trashion shows.

Living life as an art teacher, I was continuously exposed to, and engaged in, many media and styles of art, and have always enjoyed the freedom to be creative and experiment artistically. Lately I have been working in mixed media and collage, but I also enjoy drawing, watercolors, pastels, and acrylics. And my great granddaughters are such delightful muses!!! For me, art and life just naturally go hand in hand and SC is giving me a wonderful new, creative palette to explore and enjoy!


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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