Attending the MASF Show

Me at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, FL.
Me at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, FL.

Hi from sunny, warm south Florida! We arrived in the Tarpon Springs area this past Friday morning. After saying hi to our many dear friends in the MASF family, we grabbed a quick lunch and headed to the Sponge Docks to get some great reference photos for future miniature boat paintings. It was a bright, sunshine filled day with a lovely warm breeze blowing as we walked along the boardwalks. The most interesting boat we spotted was one named “Midnight Crusaders”, which was a bright red and has a white shrimp for the mascot. It’s going to make a wonderful miniature painting! Later that evening we went with dear friends Mike and Kay Petryszak to another dear artist friend Heide Presse’s beautiful home. We had a wonderful time talking and laughing while enjoying a delicious meal that Heide had graciously prepared! After dinner I was treated to seeing some of Heide’s period clothing collection, much of which she makes herself, while getting to try on a couple of things myself. Heide and I both got a kick out of putting Indiana native Wes in a beautiful confederate wool coat and hat!!

Jan, me, and Heide in Heide's studio.

Wes writes up another sale at the opening of the Miniature Art Society of Florida's show.

This past Saturday morning started the opening of the MASF show at the Leepa-Rattner Art Museum in Tarpon Springs, FL. The show runs from January 17 – Feb. 7, 2010. The air was energetic as a nice crowd of people lined up waiting for the exhibition to open, so they could quickly go in and purchase their favorite miniatures. This is always exciting for both artists and volunteers who put in many hours into making this wonderful exhibition possible.

Wes giving a presentation about the current MAA book project.

Saturday evening after a successful show opening, we all enjoyed a wonderful artists’ reception with lots of laughter, conversation and good food.  During the evening festivities, Wes took time to give a nice presentation on the current MAA (Miniature Artist of America) book project that should be completed sometime later this year.  He was able to share a working draft version of the book and the crowd was most receptive and excited about what they saw.  We are all very excited about this book and the comprehensive historical section that Wes is working on as well as the part featuring many members of the MAA, a sample of their work and a bit about their painting techniques.  Information on how to purchase this book will be given closer to the day of printing.

A fun dinner with a group of the attending volunteers and artists at a local restaurant.

Sunday morning we all had a lovely time at the annual MASF brunch. Wes and I were both blessed with first place awards again this year! After the award presentations and the annual cutting of the miniature ribbon with a miniature scissors, we all watched excitedly as the crowds came in once again to view the show. Later that evening a group of about 25 of us happily met at a local restaurant to enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed setting. Later, after many hugs and delayed goodbyes we all left to each go our own way. We arrived in Okeechobee at my parent’s house earlier this afternoon. Now I’m really looking forward to the time that will be spent with them all this week and will share a few highlights next week before getting back to work.

Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂


8 thoughts on “Attending the MASF Show

  1. Hi Rachelle and Wes,
    Great to read your blog about the MASF show. I wish I could have been there – it was nice to see your dinner party picture with Mike and Kay and other friends I recognise ‘from across the pond’. Congratulations on your awards. And looking forward to the book later this year. Love from Bill

    1. Hi Bill,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about the happenings at the show. We too wish you could have been there as it was a great time! Thanks for the congrats and congrats to you as well!
      Love and hugs 🙂

  2. I am a little late in responding but I really appreciate the pictures of the show because I am so far away and I never know what the show looks like or how things are going. The show looked great! Congratulations on the awards. I had a good time when I visited a long time ago. I enjoyed being a runner too. The Collectors Preview was amazing to witness. Thanks for posting the pictures.

    1. Hi Elinor,
      I’m so glad that we were able to share some of the highlights of the show with you since you haven’t been able to attend in awhile. Thank you for the congrats! It is a great weekend filled with fun and excitement. Wes and I also always volunteer as a sales person and a runner each year and really enjoy it!
      Rachelle 🙂

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