By Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators
The public is invited to Drawn to the Details (October 3-26, 2014) the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators (PSBI) exhibition at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. Admission to both the exhibition and the gardens is free. Gallery hours are 9 am – 4 pm.
Viewers of the exhibit will be “drawn to the details” in each of the paintings. The carefully executed work appeals to all ages. In the last PSBI exhibition at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, the comments of visitors ranged from “The detail is amazing“ and “Incredible detail! [It] shows that in nature, beauty exists” to “I loved seeing the root system as well as flowers. Just beautiful!”
The artwork has been executed by the over 75 members of PSBI, a Philadelphia organization. Its purpose is “to educate, to celebrate the artistic development of our members, to provide an opportunity to exhibit together, and to bring Botanical Illustration to the attention of many audiences.”
To that end, PSBI provides free art classes for Philadelphia public school children as well as sponsoring many exhibits of botanical art, including one at the Philadelphia Flower Show. This is the second year that PSBI has exhibited at Jenkins.
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens prides itself on providing “a tranquil, natural setting in a densely populated residential and commercial area.” It has over a mile of paved walkways that meander through native woodlands with labeled trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. It is indeed an oasis in a busy world and an inspiration to botanical artists.