Beth Crowder’s Christmas Portrait

Artist Beth Crowder revives her Christmas tradition of setting up shop at Christmas to create portraits of Charleston residents. This year however, she has set up shop inside Taylor Books.

Using pastels, Beth has spurred a tradition — for 16 years, she has made portraits for individuals and families. Most come back to her for another portrait after a few years. A natural born artist, Beth has been creating art since she was 2 years old. Her talent was fine tuned when she attended the High School of Art and Design in New York City, where she majored in illustration.

Beth’s art fetches for $200. She tours around the country, but you can view her pastel work at the University of Charleston. Her work is also included in the group exhibition at the Tamarack, which opened last December 5. To see more of Beth’s art, visit her website at For inquiries and details regarding the portrait sessions, give her a call at 757-639-0462 or drop her a line at Portrait sessions in Taylor Books is only until December 23, 2010.