Charlie Reiher began collecting limited edition prints, drawings, watercolors, and photographs shortly after his marriage in 1964. He spent a 35-year career as a Mathematician/Computer Scientist for the Department of Defense and overlapped that time with 14 years of teaching Mathematics in the evening for Prince George’s Community College. Charlie began taking painting classes in 2002 as part of Prince George’s Community College’s SAGE Program and he continued to study with Linda Uphoff until her retirement at the end of 2009. He also studied with Ellen Baer. He became serious about painting after discovering Yupo synthetic paper at Cheap Joe’s in 2004. In 2005 he entered his first juried show at the Mattawoman Creek Art Center. This led to a two-person show at Mattawoman Creek in February 2006. Charlie was juried into Passageways Artist Studios in Riverdale, MD in 2006 and maintained his studio there until moving to the Gateway Arts Center in March 2010. Charlie is a member of the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance where he has exhibited in group shows at Franklin’s Restaurant continuously since 2005 and at various other venues. He is also a member of the Laurel Art Guild for whom he hung the quarterly changing group shows at Laurel Regional Hospital from2006-2012. He has participated in almost all of the Laurel Art Guild’s group shows over the past 8 years.He was juried into the Baltimore Watercolor Society in 2013. Charlie took first place in Mattawoman Creek’s 2007 Juried Show, third place in the Laurel Art Guild’s 2008 Juried Show, won a Merit Award in a juried show at The Artist’s Gallery in Columbia, MD in August 2009, took third place in the Patuxent Art League’s December 2010 Juried Show, second place in the Laurel Art Guild’s juried show at the NIH Library Gallery in March and April 2011, and second prize in Mattawoman Creek's 2014 juried show. He has had one-person shows at the Mattawoman Creek Art Center, M-NCPPC Arts And Cultural Heritage Division Office in Riverdale, Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church, Slayton House, Quiet Waters Park , twice at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, The New Deal Café, Harmony Hall Regional Center, Fairhaven Retirement Community and Doctor's Hospital.
Charlie paints nonobjective acrylic, acrylic and ink, and ink pieces on watercolor paper, Yupo, and canvas. His work emphasizes color and movement. He uses layers of poured paint, gesso, molding paste, sand, and various collaged materials to create depth and three-dimensionality in his work. Charlie’s paintings let the viewer share the pleasure he gets from their creation.
3901 Rhode Island Ave
Gateway Arts Center
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