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The Coffee Shelf Artists: Dec 2020 - Jan 2021

CCAL, congratulates the featured artists in The Coffee Shelf Gallery. The display for December and January includes the artwork of two of Crooked Creek Art League's great artists: Al Leitch and Kimberly Case.

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


Kimberly Case

About the Artwork

Included photographs, left to right

Introspection -- Photograph on canvas -- 16" x 20" -- $200

A Simple Wish -- Photograph on canvas -- 16" x 20" -- $200

Contemplation and the Apple -- Photograph on canvas -- 16" x 20" -- $200

Airborne -- Photograph on canvas -- 16" x 20" -- $300

Fear of Flying -- Photograph on canvas -- 16" x 20" -- $200

High Tea -- Photograph on canvas -- 8" x 12" -- $100

Artist Bio

Artist Photo: Kimberly Case

Kimberly Case is an award-winning visual artist, focusing on fine art portrait photography.

Her work in many media has been exhibited around the Greater Columbia area, including at the SC State Fair where in 2018 her portrait creation Girl with Sword won Best of Show in the professional category, and in 2019 The Laborer won the blue ribbon for photography, while Girl with Wheat won a merit award for photography.

Her first solo art exhibition was held at Ramco Framing and Design in the summer of 2019, and showcased over 70 fine art portraits and still life photographs. In the Fall of 2019, she was part of a multi-artist show “Collections” at Rob Shaw Gallery on State Street.

Recently, works by Kimberly have been exhibited at the Spartanburg Fringe Festival (2019), and the 701 Center for Contemporary Art’s “Columbia Open Studios City Hall Exhibition” (2020).

In 2020, her series In the Time of COVID was selected for display at The Koger Center for the Arts, the winner of their “1593 Project” call for art (TBD).

September 2020 – Her two entries into the Advanced Fine Art category were selected as finalists in the Augusta Photo Festival: A Pause Before Resuming and The Bell. Honorable Mention was awarded for The Bell.

Next Spring, her studio will be among the workspaces featured on the 701 Center for Contemporary Art “Open Studios” art tour (2021).

Kimberly's art pieces are in private collections across the midlands.

Incorporating sometimes fantastical themes, wardrobe and props, her photographs are often mistaken at first for oil paintings, due to their tones and aura. Hallmarks of her work are richness and whimsy. “For me, storytelling is key; it’s what makes the art relevant. I seek to transport the viewer to another place and time. In my art, I portray themes of quiet strength. The images have a peaceful calmness to them.”

Kimberly is a photographer with Studio 3P, LLC in Irmo, SC.

For more Information:

Email Kimberly by clicking HERE.


Al Leitch

About the Artwork

Included artwork , left to right

Saluda Shoals - 11 x 14 Custom framed print of original pastel -- $125

Carolina Memories - 11 x 14 Framed print of original pastel -- $65

Spring - 11x14 Custom framed print of original pastel -- $125

Marsh Queen - 11 x 14 Framed print of original pastel -- $65

Carolina Morning - 16 x 20 Custom framed original pastel -- $750 (not pictured)

The Sentinel - 8 x 11 Framed original pastel -- $135 (not pictured)

Eastern Bluebird - 5 x7 Framed original pastel -- $85 (not pictured)

Artist Bio

Photo of Artist: Al Leitch

I was fortunate enough to participate in art programs for high school students at the Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Mellon University. With engineering and business degrees, I pursued an academic career where: I held endowed professorships, taught thousands of students, published over 60 articles, and coauthored three books.

Inspired by the Hudson River School, I decided to renew my love of art upon retirement upon retirement from USC. I studied under Michael Story and Linda Sheppard, both nationally known artists as well as taking numerous workshops. I have been active in the Columbia art community serving as workshop coordinator, Vice President and President of the Crooked Creek Art League. In addition to showing my work in numerous shows in Columbia, where I won several awards, and in Charleston; I was juried into the Southeastern Pastel Society's 17th, 18th and 19th International Exhibits in Atlanta; the Southeastern Pastel Society’s Visual Arts Center Exhibition in Roswell, GA; the Appalachian Pastel Society's 2018 Show; and Artfields 2017. I participated in a six-person show at the Center for the Arts at USC Beaufort, in my reunion's 2017 Art Exhibit at Cornell University and recently in the Art Market at the Historic Honey Horn in Hilton Head. I was recently attained Member of Excellence status for the Southeastern Pastel Society. Many of my paintings are on display Palmetto Fine Arts in Chapin, The Custom Framer in Lexington and at the Village Artists Gallery in Columbia where I am a member.

You can see more of Al's work in his gallery on this website by clicking HERE. You can also view his art and make purchases on his website at

You can reach Al by clicking HERE.


CCAL Gallery Host:

The Coffee Shelf Logo

The gallery is located in the lobby of The Coffee Shelf at 130 Amicks Ferry Road in Chapin. It hosts the artwork of two of Crooked Creek Art League's fine artists on a two month rotation.

For more on the gallery, 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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