Charleston Style and Design

SUM 2013

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Rick Reinert that? Does it bother you when people interrupt you? Are you going to do this forever? What kind of dog is that? Where should I have dinner? Can I help you paint?" Neither bats an eye. "A painting from a photograph. Everywhere. Oil. No. Yes. A bichon mix. The rooftop at Stars. No." Wow, they're good. Rick shrugs. "We really like interacting with people and we enjoy getting to know them," he says. I ask how in the world they can make art with people looking over their shoulders. "You have to have a certain amount of confdence to let people see your work in all stages, especially when you're experimenting. But people like to see the process and ask questions. Kids especially like to ask questions. Some of them get really excited, and we try to encourage them that you really can make a living as an artist," Rick 200 CHARLESTON STYLE & DESIGN | SUMMER 13 Photograph by Holger Obenaus Rick Reinert Kevin LePrince says. "And experimentation leads to creativity." Kevin says. There is a crowd circling his recent experiments: Lowcountry-inspired wildlife and landscape paintings, serene fshing boats, marshes and street scenes. Kevin has also been experimenting with monotone and black and white. The result is powerful—an urban bridge tells its long history in a glance, a tug boat reveals a stoic personality and shore birds are captured as the quirky, slightly manic creatures that we love. Meanwhile, Rick has been experimenting with bold strokes that border on expressionism. His vibrant landscapes, cityscapes and still lifes are set somewhere, but not anywhere specifc, so viewers can project their own experience and the place becomes "theirs." To wit: I'm standing in front of a painting that reminds me of a sun-soaked morning in Italy when the woman next to me sighs, "That reminds me of old Florida. The way it used to be." If you missed your chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at cool people doing cool jobs during Piccolo Spoleto, don't worry. You can fnd Rick and Kevin the rest of the year in their friendly, welcoming gallery on King. In the air conditioning. 2 F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N Reinert LePrince Fine Art 179 King St. Charleston, SC 29401 843-793-4765 Robin Howard is a full-time freelance writer based in Charleston. See more of her work at

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