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Artists hit DSU herbarium for latest painting event

Apr 4, 2017

The Claude E. Phillips Herbarium on the campus of Delaware State University is the backdrop for a group painting session.

Herbariums, which house dried vegetation instead of living plants, are the perfect backdrop for the Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic.

Coordinator Maria Bessette compared a dried flower to a blank canvas.

"We can add more color if we want. We can make it more subdued. We can make it antique. We have the ability to manipulate this to what we actually see."

Bessette said she chose DSU’s herbarium for the group's Spring "paint-in" because of its vast collection, around 150,000 pieces.

The watercolor and sketching event is open to the public, with all skill levels welcome. It starts at 9:30 a.m. Wed. April, 4 at Delaware State University.