Murals by the Lewes artist adorn the interior of the Delaware Agricultural Museum

Spring is a time of renewal and growth.

Nowhere is this more evident than at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, a private, nonprofit museum that represents Delaware’s largest and most important industry and serves as an interpretive center for life in the 19th century. century in rural Delaware communities.

Particular to the museum’s renewal initiatives is the artistry of Lewes resident Natalie McIntyre, who has worked tirelessly over the past two years to capture the beauty and charm of the rural Delaware landscape through her paintings.

McIntyre’s artistry is reflected in the murals adorning the walls of the museum’s main exhibition hall as well as in the individual paintings for sale in the museum’s gift shop. The murals provide the perfect backdrop for exhibits showcasing the work of Delaware artisans, the importance of the state’s chicken industry and the drivers of technological change in agriculture.

“I always look at what we see every day, whether it’s a bird on a roof, a tractor in a field or a random old snapshot. Very often I see something that makes me stop and look again – that’s what inspires me to paint. I love driving the winding roads of Delaware, but discovering the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village has given me new inspiration,” McIntyre said.

In the summer of 2022, through collaboration with a variety of private sector individuals, companies and organizations, the museum will launch a large-scale permanent indoor/outdoor exhibition titled Then One Day the Lights Came On, exploring the impact of rural electrification on agriculture and the lives of people in rural Delaware communities.

The museum’s general manager, Carolyn Claypoole, said: “Natalie is a truly gifted artist. Nowhere is her talent more evident than in the transitions mural she recently completed for the Rural Electrification exhibit, where she skillfully captures the essence of the Delaware countryside. Pictures don’t do it justice; you really need to see this mural and the other beautiful murals Natalie painted for yourself.”

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