Plein Air, an exhibition of local landscape paintings by Jim Rehak, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from May 3-31, 2019. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday, May 3 from 5-7 p.m.
“Plein air” painting is the act of painting outdoors and is a style associated with 19th century French Impressionists. Plein air painters work outdoors to capture landscapes and views in natural light. Rehak chooses his locations to paint by looking for patterns of light, contrast, and color composition. The exhibition will feature more than 20 oil paintings that depict the Brandywine River, New Castle, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and other locations across the Delmarva Peninsula in various seasons.
Rehak describes painting outdoors as a learning experience with light as the teacher.
“Changing light requires a flexible and spontaneous response as I learn to see the colors in nature. My final interpretation is the result of past experience combined with the specific experiences offered by nature…including sun, wind and rain,” he said.
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.
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.
June 7-28, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7 from 5-7 p.m.
July 5-26, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, July 13 from 5-7 p.m.
August 2-30, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, August 2 from 5-7 p.m.