Artist paints atop Elba's levee
A section of the Elba levee served a purpose other than the norm Tuesday, July 17, as an artist used it as his outdoor studio in painting a scene of downtown Elba. Standing atop the levee behind the Elba Chamber of Commerce office on Putnam Street, artist Peter Van Dyck created a painting of the downtown view he had from the levee, which included a portion of the historic courthouse square. Van Dyck and his wife, Gayle, visit the local area every summer from their home in Philadelphia, Pa. He said Gayle is originally from the area, and they come to Coffee County every summer to spend time with her family – the Pyfrom family, residents of the Woodland Grove community area. Both Peter and Gayle are artists and teachers back home in Philadelphia. When in Coffee County during the summers, he said he usually paints scenes around home, but he decided this week to come into Elba and paint the lovely scenery in town. Other than it being quite hot standing atop the levee, Van Dyck said he was enjoying his time painting in Elba and said he would most likely paint additional scenes during his visit this summer.