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. Visitors to the Gallery should enter via the plaza doors on French Street and take the elevators to the Mezzanine level due to renovations in the building. The Gallery will be closed on Monday, May 27.
Image: Cape Morn, 2017, oil on canvas, 12″ x 24″