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The Coffee Shelf Artists: Apr - May 2021

CCAL, congratulates the featured artists in The Coffee Shelf Gallery. The display for April and May includes the artwork of two of Crooked Creek Art League's artists: Erdal Caba and Karen Larrabee.

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


Erdal Caba

About the Artwork

Most of my photography is in the area of nature and wildlife. My photography on display at The Coffee Shelf focuses on these areas. Below are the photographs on display there.

Rear View - 8x10 - $70

Late Bloomer - 8x10 - $70

Cardinal Landing - 8x10 - $70

Barn Owl - 8x10 - $70

Tree Reflection - 11x14 - $110

Egret Courting Pose - 12x16 - $512

Angel Oak Tree - 12x18 - $135

Low Country Marsh - 12x16 - $125

Artist Bio:

Erdal Caba

Artist Photo: Erdal Caba

After working for 40 years in Nuclear Power as an engineer, I retired in March 2017. I am married and have twin daughters and one granddaughter. In retirement I have devoted myself to the art of photography. In March 2017, I was accepted to the Village Artists Gallery in Columbia, SC where I’ve been there ever since. I started teaching iPhone photography after I found that there was an untapped interest in this area. I am a member of the Carolina Nature Photography Assoc., Columbia Camera Club and the Crooked Creek Art League. I have placed or won 11 awards over the past 3 years. Half of these were taken with my iPhone. Once my wife retires at the end of this year, she is looking forward to joining me on more of my outings.

You can reach Erdal by clicking HERE.


Karen Larrabee

About the Artwork

I selected this collection of 7 paintings to showcase my love of diversity in painting styles and media, beyond figures and portraiture. Enjoy!

Green-Peace, 24"H x 36"W, mixed media on canvas, $500

Imperfection Reflection, 32"H x 32"W, high flow acrylic on yupo, $400

Pair o' Tweets, 22"H x 18"W, mixed media on canvas, $350

Village Church in Normandy, 33"H x 33"W, watercolor, $300

Loxodonta Nebula, 24"H x 18"W, acrylic, $400

Portrait of a Tulip, 19.5"H x 21"W, watercolor, $200

Warm and Fuzzy, 24"H x 21"W, watercolor, $500

Photo of artist: Karen Larrabee

Artist Bio

Karen Larrabee

A past-president and 15 yr. member of the Crooked Creek Art League, Karen Larrabee moved to Chapin, SC, 15 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, Karen and her husband, David, fell in love with the Midlands. The rest, as they say, “is history”. So far in SC she has been become a Member of Excellence in the South Carolina Watermedia Society, 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 12 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. I have continuously been exposed to, and engaged in many media and styles and enjoy the freedom to be creative and experiment artistically."

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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