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Joint Art Exhibition Features “Weber: Father and Son”

September 06, 2017

Matt and Mark Weber  
Matt (left) and Mark Weber are exhibiting their work jointly at St. Charles Community College.

“My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” -- Clarence Budington Kelland

Artistic talent runs deep in the Weber family. Mark is a highly regarded painter, and his son, Matt, is an accomplished photographer. In addition, both share their love of art through teaching at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood.

Mark Weber painting  
One of the paintings in Mark Weber's series
"Special Intentions."

Despite their seemly parallel careers, the Webers have never shown their artwork together. Until now.

The Webers are exhibiting their artwork in a joint exhibition at St. Charles Community College’s Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville, Mo. The community is invited to view their work in the gallery through Sept. 21.

An artists' reception is scheduled for this evening, 6-8 p.m.

Titled “Weber: Father and Son,” the exhibit features nearly 40 large scale pieces of work. Paintings from Mark’s “Special Intentions” series are hung side-by-side with photographs from Matt’s “Industrial Monuments” series.

Although both artist have exhibited their work widely, this show has a special significance to them.

Matt Weber image  
One of the photographs from Matt Weber's series
"Industrial Monuments."

“Matt is a talented photographer. His work is innovative and it offers a fresh, creative view into our environment,” Mark said. “I am proud of what he has accomplished, and I am excited to show my work with him. Not many fathers get to have this experience, especially not with an artist who is as creative and talented as my son.”

Matt said the biggest impact of having an artist for a father was the constant exposure it provided him to different ideas and perspectives. That exposure helped foster an inquisitiveness that led him to pursue his own career in art.
“From a young age, I learned to follow my curiosity,” Matt said. “In that pursuit, I found the darkroom, and it seemed like magic to me.”

While their styles vary, their bond as father and son has only been enhanced by their shared love of art.

“Mark is an exceptionally talented painter,” Matt said. “When I consider some of the content of his older work, his new work is especially interesting to me. He seems to be pushing hard at some sort of invisible boundary. The energy is palpable.”

Adding to their shared admiration of each other’s work is their joint desire to help cultivate other artists.

“My father has made the majority of his life about helping other artists and raising them up,” Matt said. “Maybe more than the art aspect, the example he has set as a father, an artist and a teacher has been an inspiration to me.”