Local Artist Feature In Mezzanine Gallery

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Original painting by C. Mercedes Walls depicting the Journey To The Soul event in Milford.
Original painting by C. Mercedes Walls depicting the Journey To The Soul event in Milford.

A solo exhibition by Milford artist Catherine Walls is currently on display during the month of August at the Mezzanine Gallery in Wilmington DE. Titled, NOUNS: An Eclectic Collection of People, Places and Things, the exhibit showcases several paintings across the mediums of oil, acrylic and watercolor. Although the reception for the gallery was held on Friday, August 1, the exhibition will continue to be open to the public on weekdays from 8am to 4:30pm at the Carvel State Office Building at 820 N French Street in Wilmington.

Walls was selected by fellow artists to appear in the August exhibit, which was part of the annual Wilmington’s Art on the Town. “It is quite an honor to be selected by your peers,” said Walls. “It means that I am being recognized by other artists as a professional.”

Cathy Walls is active in the arts locally and regionally. She is a founding member of the Mispillion Art League in Milford, a Delaware State Arts Council member, a member of the Delaware Arts Alliance and Millsboro and Rehoboth Art Leagues plus the Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic. For Cathy, who paints under her middle name C. Mercedes Walls, realism and an intense use of color are hallmarks of her style and have become a part of her process while working on her paintings that she describes as ‘people landscapes’.

“I am not so much trying to capture what individuals are doing in a specific scene but how people are reacting to their environment as a whole,” commented Walls. “It is a matter of telling a story.”

Walls works across the range of two-dimensional media as her paintings are executed in oil, acrylic and watercolor. Using a myriad of media and subject matters, her work has been described by organizers at the Mezzanine Gallery as “maintaining a consistent approach as a spectacular colorist, developing luminous representations in still life and contemporary genre imagery.” She creates a majority of her art from photographs she takes herself of real life interactions and events.

“I love people and people watching, I take my camera everywhere that I go. It is interesting to see how people move and interact with others,” said Walls. “I prefer to paint from photos I take myself when I am there so I can see what the light is doing and experience the atmosphere at the time. Photographs can flatten an experience but being there allows you to create deeper dimensions in that moment.”

The Delaware Division of the Arts’ Mezzanine Gallery will continue to host the exhibition of original work by C. Mercedes Walls titled NOUNS: An Eclectic Collection of People, Places and Things through August 25, 2014.