Painting with Wood, an exhibition of “wood veneer paintings” by Robert Bruce Weston, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from April 5-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday, April 5 from 5-7 p.m.
Weston draws from his vast experience with wood when creating his art. He is a retired cabinetmaker with over 30 years of experience. During that time, he became a collector of exotic and domestic wood veneers. A veneer is a very thin slice of wood (usually less than 1/8 inch) prized for its decorative surface. Weston’s creative process is inspired by the patterns in the wood veneers.
In some cases, the patterns in a wood veneer dictate the subject matter of Weston’s “painting.” He also recreates landscapes using wood veneers to translate the forms and shapes of the scene. The pieces are then cut by hand, taped together, glued to a substrate, and sanded. Weston prefers the natural color of the wood and doesn’t use stain. To add color for grass and sky, he uses oil pastels to tint the wood. Weston then applies 6 coats of lacquer and 2 coats of wax to highlight the beauty of the wood and enhance the surface. Each work is framed with a custom-designed frame made by Weston.
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. Artists who have received an Individual Artist Fellowship in the visual arts are also given the opportunity to exhibit in the gallery.
Cape Morn, 2017, Oil, 12″ x 24″
Ekaterina Popova, Painting
December, 2018, Oil, 30″ x 24″
Katie Lillard, painting
Lloyd and Bay Outside, 2018, Oil on Found Fabric, 12″ x 12″
Now through May
The open stairs in the lobby will be closed. Visitors must use the elevator to get to Mezzanine level.
Starting March 22
Main entrance on N. French and 9th Sts will be closed. All pedestrian traffic will be redirected to the French St. courtyard entrance.
April – June 2019
Entrance on the courtyard will be closed. All pedestrian traffic will be redirected to the main entrance on N. French and 9th Sts.
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.
April 5-26, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5 from 5-7 p.m.
May 3-31, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, May 3 from 5-7 p.m.
June 7-28, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7 from 5-7 p.m.
July 5-26, 2019
Opening Reception: TBA
August 2-30, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 from 5-7 p.m.