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Mezzanine Gallery

Howard J. Eberle exhibits The Journey

On view June 4-July 30, 2021

Eberle's paintings Skiff old, white, wooden boat on dark background and Daybreak boat on sandy shore next to the remnants of an old, wooden pier in front of water with a sunrise in the background

The Journey, an exhibition of watercolor paintings by Howard J. Eberle, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from June 4 to July 30, 2021. Eberle is the recipient of a 2021 Artist Fellowship in Painting from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

The majority of works in this exhibition span his journey of the last decade of a professional career that has lasted over 25 years.  Included are award-winning paintings that have been exhibited in public museums in the United States of America and abroad.

Eberle describes himself as a portrait painter of objects.  He is drawn to the peeled paint of an old barn, the rusty patina of an anchor, or the weathered wood on an old workboat.  He carefully balances his compositions and eliminates some details that might distract the eye.

“I am greatly influenced by the Zen principle of kanso, and in my paintings keep only what is necessary to allow more space for quiet moments of contemplation.  Through composition I strive to eliminate clutter in favor of simplicity.” – Howard J. Eberle

The paintings are transparent watercolor using a drybrush technique which enables him to achieve realistic, fine detail not typical of this medium.

Eberle likes to name each painting before he begins the work.  He prefers one-word titles that reference the subject.  For example, a painting with a sail, mast, and ropes was named Hemp, a reference to the material that makes up the rope.  To learn more about the artist’s naming process, watch the “Meet the Artist” video below.


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.

Mezzanine Gallery Application

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.

Individual Artist Fellowship Application

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 2.


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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.


Opening Reception

Held the first Friday of the month from 5-7 p.m. Dates are subject to change.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Artist Jason Jellick's black and white photograph of closed window looking out onto a field The window's paint is flaking and peeling. The window is surrounded by torn and tattered white curtains and lace sheers.

Jason Jellick

2021 Artist Fellow in Photography
Opening Reception: TBA

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Our annual exhibition schedule runs from
September to August, with a new exhibition
every month except in January.


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