First Friday Katrina Schmidt-Rinke

Painter Katrina Schmidt-Rinke finds inspiration in new places

sbarr@newsobserver.comMarch 3, 2014 

“Low Country Dawn” is a painting by Katrina Schmidt-Rinke, who is the featured artist at Gallery C for March’s First Friday.


  • First Friday

    First Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m., is a monthly art event in downtown Raleigh. Galleries stay open late, and many restaurants offer specials. To learn more, go to


    311 West Martin Street Galleries and Studios, 311 W. Martin St., “Amalgamation,” collected works by Anne Gregory

    Adam Cave Fine Art, 115 1/2 E. Hargett St., oils by Joseph Cave

    Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., “Fabricating Disaster,” multimedia by Jaclyn Bowie

    Blake Street Shops & Studios, 300 Blake St., “Image and Imagination,” paintings by Zac Bender, nature photography by Maria O’Farrell, acrylics by Blaine Willis

    CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St., NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award exhibition

    Flanders Art Gallery, 302 S. West St., “Frames per second” contemporary video art by various artists

    LGBT Center of Raleigh, 411 Hillsborough St., paintings by Anthony Garcia-Copian

    Litmus Gallery, 312 W. Cabarrus St., “Euphoria,” work by Roksolana Kocherhina

    Local Color Gallery, 22 Glenwood Ave., “Art of Spring,” mixed media by gallery artists

    Lump, 505 S. Blount St., “Range Life,” work by Thad Kellstadt

    The Mahler, 228 Fayetteville St., “Inner Harmony... Learning from the Buddhist Spirit,” photographs by Jon Kolkin

    Nature Art Gallery of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., “Distant Relatives: Dinosaurs and Birds,” work by Anna Podris and Keith Norval

    Nicole’s Studio and Art Gallery, 719 N. Person St., “The Human Touch,” paintings by Nicole Kennedy and Dan Beck

    Roundabout Art Collective, 305 Oberlin Road, new work by Susan Parrish and Thomas Teague

    Trinity Gallery, 549 N. Blount Street, “Places and Faces,” by Tierney Ferrall

    VanNess & Fellows Tattoo Boutique and Gallery, 226 E Martin St., “Shadow-play: Dark Narrations and Portraits in Infamy,” works in oil and colored pencil by Zach Brown

    Visual Art Exchange, 309 W. Martin Street, “Move,” a juried exhibit, and “Collapsed Fields” by Charmaine Ortiz

— Wherever painter Katrina Schmidt-Rinke goes, she finds inspiration for her landscapes and cloudscapes.

Whether she’s at home in North Carolina or traveling, there’s something about each place that catches her eye.

“I love going to a new place and seeing the difference, taking in the clouds and weather,” she said. “I pick up something everywhere I go.”

An exhibit of Schmidt-Rinke’s newest oversized oils and watercolors are on display at Gallery C at 540 N. Blount St. through March 26. An opening reception will be held during this week’s First Friday.

Schmidt-Rinke was born in Montreal and later moved to Cincinnati and Asheville before heading to school at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she studied painting.

She’s been creating art for as long as she can remember.

“I’ve always been doing art, since I could pick something up to make it,” she said.

A deep respect and gratitude for nature also has been a constant in Schmidt-Rinke’s life. She loves being outdoors and taking in the sights, smells and sounds that the natural world offers.

With her landscapes, Schmidt-Rinke paints what she sees but also interprets the scene by changing colors or abstracting forms. She hopes to invite viewers into the world she’s created.

“My goal is really to create a peaceful, relaxing, therapeutic escape,” she said. “When you look at them, they take you to another place.”

Schmidt-Rinke said an event like First Friday gives her the chance to hear others’ impressions of her work. She said it’s nice to hear feedback directly but also to overhear conversations and learn what others are thinking.

Even when she hasn’t painted a specific place, viewers see places familiar and meaningful to them. One person may see an Oklahoma prairie, while another sees the marshes of Maine.

No matter what people see, though, Schmidt-Rinke is glad to share the moment.

“If your painting can take someone somewhere else, I think that’s really great,” she said.

Examples of Schmidt-Rinke’s work are available at

Barr: 919-836-4952

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