Father-son gilding team creates gold leaf painted window for new Rehoboth retail store

June 7, 2023

Oliver Whitby, a new shopping experience scheduled to open Friday, June 30, will boast a gold leaf-painted window in its new retail store on Rehoboth Avenue near the convention center in Rehoboth Beach.

The window features the exceptional craftsmanship of Brendon and Travis Brandon, a father-and-son gilding team from Designs & Signs in Edgewater, Md.

With more than 20 years of experience working together, the Brandons have brought their unparalleled skill and expertise to the Oliver Whitby window, infusing it with the timeless beauty of gold leaf painting. The gilding process, which took two days to complete, involved meticulous hand-painted letters and delicate applications of gold leaf, resulting in a window that exudes elegance and craftsmanship.

"The wonderful quality of gold leaf windows is that light dances across the letters throughout the day," said Brendon, the father of the gilding team. "It's a labor-intensive process that requires precision and patience, but the end result is truly magical.”

Brendon has a lifetime of experience in the sign trade, and is a master gilder and brush artist. His dedication to his craft has been passed down to his son Travis, resulting in a harmonious blend of traditional artistry and contemporary aesthetics. The gold leaf-painted window created by the Brandons is a stunning addition to the store, capturing the attention of passersby, and reflecting the store's commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail.

"We are honored to have worked with Brendon and Travis to create the exquisite gold leaf-painted window for Oliver Whitby," said Don Preston, store owner. "Their skill is evident in every brushstroke, and the sign is truly a work of art that embodies the spirit of our store.”

The gilding in the window not only adds a touch of elegance and sophistication but also pays homage to the rich heritage of traditional craftsmanship. Brendon and Travis' meticulous work exemplifies the enduring beauty and value of time-honored techniques in today's modern world.

"At Oliver Whitby, we believe that small things make a big difference to quality of life," said Preston. "With carefully selected goods and gifts, our goal is to provide our patrons with inspiration and joy in our store and in the world around them.”

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