Exquisite Miniatures, The Show, is Ready to Go!

Happy Easter! It’s a beautiful one in Townsend today with clear blues skies above and a delightful temperature being in the mid-70’s. Most of the flowering trees in our yard have opened or will do so in the next couple of days, bringing so much wonderful color into our lives! The Yoshino Cherry Tree has outdone itself this year and is simply magnificent. I’ve decided to change its name to “The Bee Tree” however, because the bees love it and while totally covering it, are creating a buzzing sound that can be heard from a distance.

Wes and I have been enjoying one of our favorite pastimes of being able to work in our gardens in the evenings this past week. I’ve already brought home a few beautiful flowers that have become additions to the gardens and Wes has already started planting the “edible” gardens. One of the neatest additions to Secret garden was a nice square planting of Scotch Moss that will be quite suitable for the shrews personal lawn, and one which I hope to add to a bit in the future. It has been most pleasurable eating our meals on the back deck and being entertained by our feathered friends. The greatest part is having them fly over us while at the table, although one must watch carefully lest you get an addition to your lovely meal that was not wanted! I have to take Dovecakes personal seed supply out with me each meal as she sees us and comes to join us, of course wanting her share!

The front garden has a lovely moss path that winds through the middle with gentle sloping curves. Along the path is a nice collection of several different bulbs that have begun to bloom this past week. One of my favorites is one which was given to us by our dear friend Tricia, and is a type of miniature Daffodil. It is obviously dear to my heart, being a miniature, and is simply a little blooming treasure, giving off the slightest sweet scent. There are a few regular daffodils continuing to bloom scattered about and the native Blood Root has opened and is quite beautiful.

Some paintings waiting to go into the crate and Wes happily puts the last screw into the Exquisite Miniatures crate.

While the evenings have been spent enjoying the outdoors much of the daytime has been spent continuing to get everything together for our solo museum shows. Paperwork and more paperwork had to be filled out, while the crates also had to be constructed and we received almost daily, paintings from collectors that will be featured in the shows. One could never have imagined just how much work is involved in getting everything together for museum shows, but is so exciting and will be quite worth it! While everything is all together and ready to be picked up tomorrow for the Exquisite Miniatures Show, we’ve still got a bit more to do to get the World of Nature Show completely ready. Under The Magnifying Glass: Exquisite Miniatures by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist will open Tuesday, May 4 and run through Sunday, July 25, 2010 at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery  in Shreveport, LA. The World of Nature in Miniature; Paintings by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist will open Sunday, May 16 and run through Saturday, July 31, 2010 at the the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen, Louisiana. This show will subsequently be featured at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tuscan, AZ and possibly another venue. We will also be teaching a workshop in AZ during the exhibition period of our show. Watch for the details of the show openings and the workshop in the very near future. It is also listed on our website at the following address: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html

Myself holding some of the paper work and the filling out process.
Myself holding some of the paperwork and the filling out process.

Wes finished his miniature painting “Great-Tailed grackle” this past week. This is such a beautiful bird sporting its magnificent, iridescent feathers and it was our first time seeing one when we photographed it while in southern California a couple of springs ago.

"Great-Tailed Grackle" by Wes, measures 3½ x 2½ inches.

Currently on our easels: I’m continuing to paint on a miniature of a beautiful colt and its mother enjoying a last bit of supper before the sun sets in southern Kentucky. Wes is currently continuing to work mainly on getting the remaining tasks done for the upcoming World of Nature Show. I’m sure he will be quite ready to get back to painting!

Celebrate Easter . . . for He is risen!!

Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂


7 thoughts on “Exquisite Miniatures, The Show, is Ready to Go!

  1. Happy Easter to you as well. It was a beautiful one in Michigan as well, sunny and mild. Had a nice meal with family, now ready to get back to painting. LOVE Wes’s latest piece. My kind of greens!

    1. Hi Gail,
      Thank you! I’m glad that you too enjoyed lovely weather and it sounds like you had a really nice time with your family. I’ll pass the compliment to Wes. Happy painting!
      Rachelle 🙂

    1. Hi Bill,
      Lovely to hear from you! Glad you liked the photos and I’ll pass the nice compliment onto Wes. Thanks also for the good wishes on our exhibition. Hope you’re enjoying a lovely spring!
      Love 🙂

  2. Mona Diane Conner

    Rachelle, having done a solo show, I have some idea of how hard you both have been working, but doing it for 100 minis is an incredible feat! Congratulations on pulling this together so beautifully. How did you ever make your own crates?

    Can I ask also what are those little picture cards for which are scattered on the table?

    1. Hi Mona,
      Then you definitely know the work involved! Even though our curator, Dr. David Wagner, handles the work directly associated with the museums, shipping etc., we were responsible for most of the paper work with the paintings, contacting our collectors, building the crates etc. But it is certainly worth it to have these solo shows in the various museum venues. Wes built the crates out of plywood and it helped that he knows quite a bit when it comes to woodworking and building things. The inside had padding of foam and cardboard.

      The little scattered pictures are small photos of the paintings included in the shows. They were used on the insurance forms and for the correct placement of the framed miniatures in the crates. A lot of work but necessary. Each painting has it’s own special section inside the crate.
      Happy painting 🙂

  3. Wow, what a lot of work you two are doing. I have enough trouble getting several miniature shows together at one time!

    Congratulations on pulling this all together. I’m so happy for you both that this is happening and it can’t help but educate the public what a “real” miniature is all about! Your work will knock the socks off everyone!

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