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 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 has been hanging the quarterly changing group shows at Laurel Regional Hospital since 2006. He has participated in almost all of the Laurel Art Guild’s group shows over the past 5 years.
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 2010 Juried Show, and second place in the Laurel Art Guild’s juried show at NIH in Mar-Apr 2011.
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 , two at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, The New Deal Café, and Harmony Hall Regional Center. He is scheduled to participate in a mixed-media group show at the Ratner Museum in Bethesda, MD in March 2013.
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.