Artist of the month at Thibault Gallery on Bay Street: RL Brethauer’s take on local treasures

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From the wetlands of the coastal south, comes the inspiration and creations of RL Brethauer exhibit called “Mother Nature designed, Artist refined”. An award winning artist, RL is recognized for his work in various artistic genres and works only with naturally aged wood, recycled metals, and vintage materials. Our vast shorelines and beaches provide a treasure trove of elements for him to use. The process of preparing these select pieces of wood collected from the coastal beaches, inland water ways, marshlands, and lakes, is a time intensive process which involves washing, scraping, and sealing the wood, all of which enhances the natural beauty of his creations. The sails in the photograph shown here are of vintage metal from buildings in Savannah and the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as copper reclaimed from the Scheper – Keyserling Building, which was built in 1887 in downtown Beaufort.

RL Brethauer
RL Brethauer

RL’s Viking and Pirate Ships Collection combines various elements of nature, including vintage copper and brass which provides a warm patina that comes only with age. No chemicals are used to create the magnificence of these patinas. His collections also include the Ladies of the Sea, Celestial, and Ghost Ships, all with stories that make these series unique. RL’s nature enhanced pieces of art will warm the soul, beautify the home, and provide a quality heirloom worthy of being passed to future generations.

RL resides and has a studio in Savannah. RLs’ creations resonate with elegant simplicity but reflect Picasso’s Cubism and Remington’s realism. No piece is ever duplicated, as Mother Nature is selective in providing the materials; so RL refines what he uses to create these wonderful works of art so that they truly speak to you. Thibault Gallery is located on 815 Bay Street in Historic Downtown Beaufort.

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