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Miniature art show opens a must see for art lovers
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“Watch Your Back” by Largo’s Kay Petryszak receives third place in oil.
“Remains of Summer” by Laura Von Stetina
DUNEDIN – The Miniature Art Society of Florida will present the 31st annual International Miniature Art Show at the Dunedin Fine Art Center Sunday, Jan. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 5.

The show will feature a spectacular display of miniatures – not only paintings, but scrimshaw, fired porcelain, and sculpture – including works created by some of the world’s finest miniature artists. With few exceptions, all of the art is for sale.

Approximately 800 works of art will be shown, in addition to the society’s permanent collection of more than 100 miniatures.

The artwork is well lighted and magnifying lenses are available for the complete enjoyment of the small treasures. Most of the artists create under magnification, using a variety of mediums and methods and the tiniest of brushes for paintings.

Visitors to the exhibit may talk to and observe artists at work, who will be pleased to discuss their techniques. These artists are willing to demonstrate their techniques, whether oil painting or scrimshaw, pencil drawings or fired porcelain. Demonstrators this year will be from across the country, as well as England and Canada.

Awards and a slide show of the award winners will be presented at an awards brunch on Jan. 15 with local officials, gallery and museum directors. Eleven hundred works were submitted to the show this year. A jury of award-winning miniaturists selected 880 of these to be hung. Michael Milkovich, past director of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, judged the 2006 show.

Awards being presented to Florida artists include:

• First in drawing and pastel – Laura Von Stetina, Pinellas Park, “Remains Of Summer”

• Third in oil – Kay Petryszak, Largo, “Watch Your Back”

• Honorable mention in oil – Vera Chenkin, Zephyrhills, “14th Century Archer”

• Honorable mention in oil – Elaine Thomas, Palm Harbor, “Victorian Still Life”

• First in floral and botanical – Heide Presse, Tampa, “Carmel Balcony”

• Second in floral and botanical – Jesse W. McKnight, Matlacha, “Butterfly and Friend”

• Third in birds and animals – Charlie Tweed, Ft. Myers, “Stay!”

• Honorable mention in birds and animals – Tykie Ganz, Palm Beach Gardens, “Lookout-Florida Panther”

The show will open Sunday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. Hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5.

The Dunedin Fine Art Center is at 1143 Michigan Blvd.
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