Howard Gallery Of Fine Art Features M. Charles Rhinehart’s “Old WorlD” paintings in New Hope PA

New Hope, PA, June 17, 2007 --( M. Charles Rhinehart is a self taught painter, whose career spans 56 years of oil painting, and whose work hangs in several notable museums. His landscapes are mesmerizing being both realistic and fantasy art at the same time.

Rhinehart has traveled and painted together since 1975 with his wife Lavetta also a painter, leaving their native Missouri for a trip to the Grand Canyon, and Arizona. For the remainder of the 1970’s the Rhineharts' explored and painted the West, including Wyoming and Utah while making trips back to the boot heel of Missouri to open a studio and a gallery and to teach. During the recession of the late 1970’s the Rinehart's decided to settle down into a quieter life and moved to a small town on the Missouri / Arkansas border
In the early 1980’s the Rhineharts' put their belongings into storage to travel extensively and sketch and paint the Rocky Mountains and the San Juan Mountains.

Following this they returned to south, central Missouri and purchased the first of their five commercial buildings. This compound of architectural reconstructions, allows them to live in a loft apartment, with a studio downstairs and a gallery/ workshop in the building east of that. To this day, this area remains the Rhineharts’ home. Throughout the last two decades, traveling, sketching ideas and returning home to paint has been the Rinehart's’ way of life. They have frequently gone on river painting trips that include the Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri, Buffalo, Arkansas, Green, Snake and Colorado rivers. Other sketching travels include trips to Yosemite National Park, the Great Sand Dunes, Texas’s Big Bend National Park, the Great Lakes area and Colorado’s Black Canyon of the Gunnison to name a few.

M. Charles Rhinehart’s large oil on canvas “Buffalo River” is indicative of his genius. He paints in layers which gives his paintings a depth that draws one into the landscape. In “Buffalo River”, pictured, the water feels wet, stones appear just beneath the surface of the water, the woods are too dark for safety, and the light is too brilliant to resist. It is 60 x 44 inches in addition to it's ornate gold frame. The urge to step into the painting is strong. His dramatic play on light is like no other.

The paintings belong in the company of stuffed and tufted ottomans and Turkish carpets, of ormolu hardware and brass lamps, of fringed burgundy velvet and luminous damask, and rosewood pianofortes or elaborately fretted harmoniums on which accomplished daughters or young wives fingered hymns or songs of sweet melancholy concerning lost or distant loves. The scenes his paintings represent, occupy those rooms of reassuringly thick prosperity like thought balloons, indoor embodiments of outdoor realities that correspond, in every spiritual particular, to the spaces in which they are suspended. The outdoors shows God's grace shed upon the American landscape as the indoors reflects that same grace bestowed in the medium of material success. As scenes and things at once, the Hudson River paintings communicate a double affirmation of divine blessing.

The Howard Gallery also will be featuring works by many other artists in it's eight room, two story space that will coincide with Second Saturday's in New Hope and Lambertville. For information or an interview opportunity with the artist, please contact Howard Cooperman (215) 862-5272 or visit

Howard Gallery of Fine Art
Howard Cooperman
215 862-5272