Piccolo art exhibition awards announced

Rick Reinert, winner of this year’s Mayor’s Choice at the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition, stands in front of “Dusk at King and Queen.”

The 14 prize-winning artists at the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition were announced Friday night.

Rick Reinert, who co-owns Reinert LePrince Fine Art with fellow artist Kevin Le- Prince, won this year’s Mayor’s Choice for his oil paintings. “Dusk at King and Queen,” the painting selected by City officials to be displayed in City Hall, depicts lush palmettos and glowing street lamps encompassed by chalky buildings and slick streets on a 36” x 48” canvas.

The painting typifies his work, which is heavily inspired by Charleston streetscapes, including those near his shop. Reinert said he prefers painting large canvasses, which are in demand by patrons looking for decorative pieces.

“I just like big brush strokes,” he said.

First prize went to Daryl Knox, who has been participating in the exhibition for 23 years and has previously won the Mayor’s Choice twice. The Kentucky native said he fell in love with the Charleston area when he visited 29 years ago, and frequently uses his surroundings as inspiration for his impressionistic paintings.

“I set this tent up in my backyard and paint,” Knox said. “I just like the Lowcountry landscape.”

Knox’s art can be found at Studio 151 Gallery, 151 East Bay Street.

KC Collins won this year’s second prize with a collection of sea and streetscape paintings. Her paintings show roads through a moving car and the ocean from above.

“I think they’re really neat when you simplify them,” said Collins, explaining how she stretched a road visually to make it appear endless. She made white caps of breaking tides seem like clouds or lightning bolts for the seascapes.

“My work is all about light and atmosphere,” she said.

Collins’s work appears at Robert Lange Studios, 2 Queen St.

The Exhibition features 84 local artists with work for sale, and runs until June 9.

Sarah DeSantis is a Newhouse School graduate student.