Q&A with Local Artist Whitney Kreb
Zero George is partnering with downtown Charleston’s George Gallery and local artist Whitney Kreb, to install a multi-work art show highlighting Kreb’s oil paintings of Charleston landmarks. The artwork will be displayed throughout the hotel and restaurant from May 18th – June 18th. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday from 5 pm – 9 pm.
In anticipation of the show, we caught up with Whitney Kreb for a quick Q&A on all things art and leisure in Charleston.
What makes Charleston a great town for artists and painters?
Beautiful scenery and architecture, local colors, and the low country landscape that brings four seasons of inspiration. Charleston is also a town full of both artists and art- appreciators. We have a great community of galleries, non-profits like Redux, the Gibbes museum, the Halsey, the Library Society, and the Spoleto Festival that all teach, encourage and nurture all types of art and artists. We are so fortunate to live in a place that celebrates creativity.
I actually mostly paint from my photographs or online imagery and use multiple references for a single painting. I love painting recognizable places so that the familiarity of the location automatically evokes the whole feel of the town for the viewer. I am constantly ripping inspiration from magazines and snapping pictures to work from while I’m strolling around town or out on friends’ boats.
For this series, I combined the coastal architecture of Charleston with local sea life. I like how the two play off each other and combine to create unique compositions. Stylistically, I like to shift between illustration and realism by using both graphic and painterly techniques in the same piece. As with all my work, I aim to give the traditional landscape a new perspective and a modern spin.
What are your recommendations for the perfect weekend in Charleston? What are your top “don’t miss” spots for art, dining & leisure?
And for what to do . . . definitely get out on the water if you’re lucky enough to have access to a boat. Or just get to the beach! I like Sullivan’s followed by a blue moon and some chicken nachos at Poe’s.
We know you split time between Charleston and Nantucket. Where should we stay when we visit Nantucket?