Architectural Accents II



MAY 6 - MAY 26

at USCB Center for the Arts

Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm

The exhibit is Free and Open to the Public


 Friday, May 6

5:30 – 7:00pm

Don’t miss the new exhibition at USCB Center for the Arts, entitled Architectural Accents II. This incredible exhibit features 29 paintings by award winning watercolor artist, Robert Steinmetz AWS NWS.


As a practicing architect in Connecticut for 27 years, prior to his career as an artist, Mr. Steinmetz followed the design dictates of the post-WWII “modern movement.”  This meant the philosophy of “form follows function,” the use of new building materials and technologies, and above all, a total absence of any decorative elements in building design.


He retired as a professional in 1990 and moved to Maine, where he took up watercolor painting and continued with his interest in architecture, but only with existing buildings from eras prior to the “modern movement.”  The reason being that all man-made structures in that time frame included and depended on decoration in many forms.  He soon discovered that watercolor is the perfect artistic media to depict the ‘subtleties of shade and shadow’, which is the essence of all three-dimensional decorative design.  Architecture based on decorative design concepts provide an expansive and expressive world of painting subject matter.  Mr. Steinmetz has assembled a show of paintings highlighting this world, from examples he has found in his travels near and far.


Eighteen of the show’s paintings are part of an ongoing series focusing on carefully chosen decorative elements in a specific building’s façade. These paintings are all the same size, with a consistent format, and matching frames.  They can be combined effectively in groups of two or more.


Please visit Mr. Steinmetz’s website for additional information and examples of his work.