“The Book Drop” at 3.5-inches by 3.5 inches by Tim Bowers takes the Best of Show award
DUNEDIN – The Miniature Art Society of Florida will present its Miniature Exhibition Jan. 19 through Feb. 9, at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd.
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 700 works of art will be shown, from 195 artists, in addition to the society’s permanent collection of more than 100 miniatures. Also on display will be the Miniature Artist’s of America Traveling Exhibit. The artwork is well lighted and magnifying glasses are available for the complete enjoyment of the small treasures. Entries from 28 states and eight countries provide a wonderful diversity of subject matter and framing techniques. Of the approximate 900 works of art submitted for entry in the show, a jury of award-winning miniaturists has carefully selected only the very finest for display.
For those who have wondered how the artists make these treasures, beginning Monday, Jan. 20, through the end of the show, visitors will have an opportunity to talk to and observe artists while they work. These artists are willing to demonstrate their techniques, whether oil painting or scrimshaw, pencil drawings or fired porcelain. Most of the artists create under magnification, using a variety of mediums and methods and the tiniest of brushes for paintings. In addition to Florida artists, demonstrators may be from England, Canada and from across the United States.
Awards and a slide show of the award winners will be presented at an awards brunch on Sunday, Jan. 19.
The distinguished judge and award winning miniature artist, Alan Farrell, resides in East Sussex, United Kingdom. Farrell is a Signature Member of the Royal Miniature Society in England and a Signature Member of the Miniature Artists of American Society in America. His works are included in several publications including the “RMS 100 Years Commemorative Book,” the MASF catalog of their permanent collection, and the MAA book, “Modern Masters of Miniature Art in America.” He also is listed in the “UK Who’s Who in Art.”
“This Florida exhibition attracts more entries than any other miniature society throughout the world,” Farrell said in a press release from MASF. “The work selected for this exhibition is truly outstanding, and I never cease to be amazed at the variety of subjects, interpretations, and techniques that are used. In miniature art, in addition to the normal criteria of composition, perspective, tonal quality and originality, attention to detail is critical.”
The award winners range in age from 24 to 85. Following is a list of winners:
• Best of Show – Tim Bowers, Granville, Ohio, “The Book Drop”
• Judge’s Second Choice – Jane Mihalik, Silver Spring, Md., “Slippers with Opera Glasses”
• Excellence In All Entries – Linda Rossin, Oak Ridge, N.J., “Butterfly Blooms”
• Best Work By A First Time Entrant – Lynn Wade, Safety Harbor, “Hurry Home”
• Best Cat Award – Akiko Watanabe, Pacifica, Calif., “Tatiana”
The following work has been selected for the MASF Permanent Collection:
• Judy Lalingo, Jarrettsville, Md, “Faces of the Hunt”
America’s “golden age” of the portrait miniature – about 1740-1850 – came to an abrupt halt with the advent of photography in the mid 1800s. But the love of creating art “in little” did not die. There was a resurgence of interest in the early 20th century – The Revival Period – and MASF is carrying on in that tradition.
The organization wants to assure that original art in small scale, with great emphasis on detail, maintains a respected stature in the fine arts.
Other awards being presented to Florida artists are:
• First in Acrylic – Tykie Ganz, Palm Beach Gardens, “Best Bud”
• Second in Oil – Kay Petryszak, Largo, “Eskimo Ceremonial Parka”
• Honorable Mention in Acrylic – John Brennan, Lutz, “Roseate Retreat”
• Honorable Mention in Oil – Markissia Touliatos, Tarpon Springs, “Innocence”
• Honorable Mention in Birds and Animals – Anne Langan,“Regal Pose (Yellow-Crowned Night Heron)”
• First in Exterior or Architecture – Dean Mitchell, Tampa, “French Quarter Store”
• First in Floral and Botanical – Jan Borgner, Hudson, “Buzzed”
• Second in Human Figure – Virginia Rhan-Halloway, Temple Terrace “Red Laces”
• Honorable Mention in Landscape – Charles Rowe, Crystal River, “Osprey”
• First in Marine – Elaine Hahn, Holiday, “Buoys Galore”
The show will open to the public Sunday, Jan. 19, noon, at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. DFAC hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and free to children 6 to 18 years old as well as DFAC and MASF members.