The Great Hall Exhibit: "CHARLES REID: Painting the Light"
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Noted Westport painter Charles Reid's watercolors and oils of figures, landscapes and still lifes capture people, places and whatever surrounds him. Best known for his luminous watercolors, Reid teaches workshops nationwide, has published 11 books and has a large following around the country.
The exhibit will run from March 17 to May 17. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Friday, March 24, from 6-7:30 pm and an artist-to-artist talk with Miggs Burroughs on Wednesday, April 5 from 6-7 pm.
Long considered a master of the medium of watercolor, Charles Reid creates paintings that are fresh and spontaneous, displaying his profound understanding of light and color and his expert drawing ability. Portraits are one of his fortes, and his figures are beautifully rendered, in a simple, natural, gestural manner that reveals his interest in painting the light as much as the person.
Charles Reid was born in Cambridge, New York, and studied art at the University of Vermont and the Art Students League of New York. He has won numerous awards, including the Childe Hassam Purchase Prize at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Academy of Design and the American Watercolor Society. In 1980, he was elected to the National Academy of Design. Recent awards also include a Purchase Award from Shanghai International Biennial Exhibition in 2013 and, in the same year, a Gold Medal from the Portrait Society of America. Among public collections including his work are those at Smith College, Yellowstone Art Center, Brigham Young College, Roche Corporation and the National Academy of Design. In addition to painting, Reid teaches workshops around the world and has written 11 books on painting in watercolor and oil.