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The Coffee Shelf Artist: Karen Larrabee - October through December

CCAL, congratulates Karen Larrabee, one of the featured artists in The Coffee Shelf Gallery for October through December 2022. Karen is a valued member of CCAL who has served in many capacities. She is currently the Mentor Coordinator, pairing new members with veteran members.

Good drinks, good food, good art - what could be better?

Congratulations, Karen!


Karen Larrabee

abstract acrylic painting with darks and lights and yellows
The Coffee Shelf display by Karen Larrabee

About the Artwork:

Row 1: Imperfection Reflection II: Autumn - fluid acrylic

Soothing Sunshine - mixed media - Not for Sale

Essence of Petunia - enamel

Row 2: MY Sister! - mixed media - Not for Sale

Windblown - mixed media

Science Class: Quarantine Style - mixed media - Not for Sale

Row 3: Serenity Cove - acrylic

Besties - mixed media - Not for Sale

Splendor in Blues - mixed media

If one is interested in any of the paintings that are for sale, more information may be found at The Coffee Shelf or by contacting the artist

Artist Bio:

Artist Photo: D'Michelle DuPre


304 Little Gap Court

Chapin, SC 29036


A past-president and member of the Crooked Creek Art League, Karen Larrabee moved to Chapin, SC, 16 years ago and feels blessed by the move.

Karen was born and raised in northern NJ and loved to draw and paint since “forever, it seems”. Her awards began in high school where she had a wonderful and encouraging art program. Marietta College, a small, liberal arts school in Marietta, Ohio, lured her to the Midwest. She received a B.A. in art and education and eventually a Master’s of Liberal Learning, (yes, a Ma.L.L. degree) with concentrations in studio art, art history and art education, where her awards continued. While in Ohio, she married, raised a family and taught art for 30 years until her retirement in 2004, continuing to grow her resume. After her daughter transferred to USC in Columbia, Karen and her husband fell in love with the Midlands. The rest, as they say, “is history”. So far in SC she has become a Member of Excellence in the South Carolina Watermedia Society, winning an award in 2016 and juried into the traveling show in 2021 and 2022. She has been juried into the Greenwood Arts Festival, the Union Exhibit and the State Fair competition every year she has entered, receiving Patron Purchase Awards at the fair in 2009, 2011 and 2014 and a Merit award in 2017. She has also won 13 awards from the Crooked Creek Art League’s Juried Exhibitions including the Member's Choice Award in 2014 and First Place Master's in 2019.

Karen says, “I like to define myself as a free-style artist as I love all things creative. Because of my educational and teaching backgrounds I have continuously been exposed to, and love to engage in, many media and styles of art and especially enjoy the freedom to be creative and experiment artistically. Lately I've also been experimenting with liquid watercolor and high flow acrylics, while pushing the boundaries of mixed media. I also enjoy drawing, scratchboard and using pastels and creating recycled fashion. For me, art and life just naturally go hand in hand and SC is giving me a whole new palette to explore and enjoy."

My current display at The Coffee Shelf shows my diversity as well as my love of painting my great granddaughter!

You can see more of Karen's work on this website at, and at Palmetto Fine Arts.

For more Information: Email Karen by clicking HERE.


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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