“Art with Purpose,” an exhibition of photographs and paintings by Leah Beach, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from October 4-25, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday, October 4, from 5-7 p.m. Leah, a Dewey Beach resident, received an Individual Artist Fellowship in 2018 from the Delaware Division of the Arts as the Emerging Professional in Visual Arts: Photography.
“Art with Purpose” is about inspiring social change through the power of creative vision. Beach uses her photography to empower people in the developing world in partnership with non-profits. And her paintings are intended to bring awareness to social causes. “When you can change the perspective of a single person to be passionate about a cause after viewing your artwork,” Beach says, “you are well on your way to making a difference in the world.”
The exhibition features photographs from a trip to Haiti made in partnership with a local hospital and a U.S.-based community health organization. Beach captured moments in the Haitian hospital that could happen in hospitals all over the world regardless of the cultural and economic differences. The images from this visit have been used in marketing campaigns for the hospital and organization.
The exhibition will also include several paintings from her “In-Dangered” collection, a series that depicts the 17 most endangered species in 2018. Animals included in the show are the Northern Atlantic right whale, northern white rhino, greater bamboo lemur, Amur leopard, Javan rhino, and ivory-billed woodpecker.
The Mezzanine Gallery, open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is located on the second floor of the Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington.
The Mezzanine Gallery, located in the Carvel State Office Building in Wilmington, features one-person exhibitions of Delaware artists in disciplines including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, folk, and media arts.
To be considered for an exhibition, artists may submit a Mezzanine Gallery Application before the annual deadline of March 15.
Delaware’s Individual Artist Fellowships recognize artists for their outstanding quality of work and provide monetary awards. Individual Artist Fellows are publicly acknowledged and benefit from the additional exposure to their work. Visual artists who receive Individual Artist Fellowships are also given the opportunity to exhibit in the Mezzanine Gallery.
To be considered for a Fellowship, artists may submit an Individual Artist Fellowship Application before the annual deadline of August 1.
Main Entrance (at 9th and French Streets) and the Courtyard Entrance are both now open. Come visit!
Visit the Gallery
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Photo ID required after 4:30 p.m.
On-street and garage parking available
Free and open to the public
About the Gallery
The Mezzanine Gallery presents solo exhibitions of work by Delaware artists in disciplines including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, folk, and media arts.
This opportunity is available to Delaware’s emerging and established visual artists who have won Individual Artist Fellowships, or have been chosen by the Division’s annual Gallery Panel.
Held the first Friday of the month from 5-7 p.m. Dates are subject to change.
November 1-27, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, November 1 from 5-7 p.m.
December 6 – January 10, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, December 6 from 5-7 p.m.
February 7-28, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, February 7 from 5-7 p.m.
Works on Paper
March 6-27, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6 from 5-7 p.m.
April 3-24, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, April 3 from 5-7 p.m.
Works on Paper
May 1-29, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1 from 5-7 p.m.
June 5-26, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, June 5 from 5-7 p.m.
Works on Paper
July 3-31, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, July 10 from 5-7 p.m.
August 7-28, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, August 7 from 5-7 p.m.