Charles Kello: In His Own Words

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Oil Painting of Norfolk Docks by Charles Kello

 

As dictated by Charles Kello

Oil Painting by Charles Kello

 

Charles W. Kello was born in the Ghent section of Norfolk on August 19th, 1942. The son of a terrific commercial artist, Charles W. Kello Jr. and “Myrt” his mother. He is the first child among five children, introduced to art at the age of nine. His dad stated that young Kello “Just never stopped painting”. Since then, he began to receive awards as early as age twelve and even now at age seventy-one. As a teenager, he was an illustrator for several printing companies, before photography was what it is now. In order to reproduce ships and buildings, they had to be painted in detail, the reduced before printing. This gave him a firm foundation for his painting.

Charles is proficient in drawing, watercoloring, oil and acrylic. He has devoted his later years exclusively to oils. He has mastered landscape, seascape, still-life, florals, and portraiture. Charles states that this is a “Feat rarely seen in any artist”. This statement was also made by Vincent Price who bought several paintings from Kello in 1963. The following year Kello had a one-man-show in New York on Madison Avenue, which was a total sell-out. Kello has paintings in collections around the world. He commented, “From South Africa to Alaska, I have been quite prolific and painted over 5,000 pictures”. As one collector said “I have been looking at one of the landscapes I purchased three years ago and I still have not found everything in it”. “Last Flight”, a painting by Kello, was acquired by the Norfolk Museum, now known as the Chrysler. Kello teaches classes in oil at his studio in Norfolk. That is my “little painting factory”. Richard Stravitz Gallery on 30th Avenue and Pacific Street is the exclusive agent for Mr. Kello’s work.

Opal is the Multi–gem

True words spoken by Anthologist Terri Guillemets. Opals have been around forever. Supposedly the Romans cherished this beautiful stone 200 years before Christ. The Roman historian, Pliny, characterized the opal in eloquent words “…for in them you shall see the living fire of the ruby, the glorious purple of the amethyst, the sea green of the emerald, all glittering together in an incredible mixture of light”. I couldn’t agree more! Put an opal in the light and you have a whole array of different colors at every angle. It’s amazing how a gem can be so subtle and striking all at the same time.

Beautiful opal set ring by Brock Summs. Interested? It's currently on display at our 30th Street Gallery. Call (757)961-7509 for more details

Beautiful opal set ring by Brock Summs. Interested? It’s currently on display at our 30th Street Gallery. Call (757)961-7509 for more details

At our 30th Street gallery in Virginia Beach, VA, we just recently added a new jewelry artist to our family. Brock Summs is a Virginia Beach local who hand cuts his stones and then has them set in various rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. His work is quite remarkable!

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And opals are not the only stones that he cuts. There are various other cuts and designs.

Wow!! Look at the face at the bottom stone!

Wow!! Look at the face at the bottom stone!

We are very proud to show case Mr. Summs gorgeous art work at our 30th Street gallery. If you have any interest or questions of these beautiful treasures please call us at (757) 941-7905.

Anne–Marie Savino at our Stravitz 30th Street Gallery

pen and ink dolphin

“Virginia Beach in a Dolphin” by Anne-Marie Savino. The piece won 2 awards at The Old Coast Guard Station and Museum: “Best in Show” by Director of Exhibitions, MOCA- Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and The People’s Choice Award.

Anne–Marie Savino is an award winning artist from Virginia Beach. She has been passionate about drawing since she was a little girl. Looking at her work you would never guess that she was self-taught. Her work captures her emotions, mood, thoughts, and her feelings as well as the wide variety of experiences she has lived.

Her preferred medium is pen and ink.

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Ms. Savino has quite a background! She is on of ten children/ Her childhood and youth were spent traveling all over the world with her family. She has lived in over 10 different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa where she experienced a wide range of cultures and languages.

We are proud to feature her work at our 30th Street Gallery in, Virginia Beach VA.