A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 in honor of the late M. Charles Rhinehart.
Rhinehart, who died Sept. 24, less than a month before his 90th birthday, was a renowned self-taught artist.
Born near St. Louis, his family moved to Ste. Genevieve in 1938. Rhinehart left high school in his teens to pursue his sign-painting business and earn a living in the years following World War II.
He returned to high school and graduated in 1951 at the age of 21.
He established himself as one of the top artists in Missouri early in his career and his works were included in shows with renowned artists Thomas Hart Benton and Siegfried Rhinehart.
He developed a light technique named by the art community as “consciousness.”
He lived in Ste Genevieve until 1976, then returned in 2015, and his family opened an art gallery on the corner of Market and Third Street.
Rhinehart’s artwork has been shown in art galleries, art muse- ums and art shows all over the United States, and he won numerous honors and awards for his paintings.