We left Okeechobee last Thursday, headed to Bradenton, FL to attend the opening of our Exquisite Miniatures Show, at the beautiful ArtCenter Manatee. When we arrived at the ArtCenter that afternoon, there were friends already present waiting to greet us! Some we had not seen in over ten years, so it was a real treat for us! Before long the exhibition gallery was filling up with attendees talking with us and looking at the miniature paintings, with many of them seeing a true miniature for the first time. By the time Wes’ lecture on the history of miniature paintings got underway, every seat was taken and more chairs had to be brought in to accommodate everyone. As usual Wes gave an interesting talk, although he left out my favorite part about “Henry the VIII” which is my chance to sing “Henry the 8th I am I am . . . Henry the 8th I am”, so I must admit I was a bit disappointed about that. That evening was the opening, and it was wonderful to see several familiar faces and very exciting to meet many new people and introduce them to the world of miniature art! Many thanks to Carla and the rest of the staff at ArtCenter Manatee who helped make this event such a delightful experience!
We were at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art early Saturday morning, for the opening of the 38th International Miniature Art Show. People were lined up and waiting to get in to see the nearly 800 works of miniature art on display there when the doors were opened at 10 AM. Conversation and excitement filled the air as artists and collectors were reunited once again while viewing the miniatures, and my parents got to see my portrait miniatures of my grandpa and their granddaughter Haydyn for the first time in person. That evening we enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing time at the artist party there at the museum. After enjoying a bite to eat, we sat around the table and listened to our dear friend and fellow portrait miniaturist, Bill Mundy, tell the most delightful and entertaining stories! My parents thoroughly enjoyed getting to finally meet him and hear some of his amazing stories! The next morning we were joined at our breakfast table by Bill, and another long-time miniaturist friend Violet Temple and her husband Richard. Once again the conversation was most enjoyable! It was then time for the awards presentation, and Wes and I were both thrilled to win awards once again this year! Wes was asked to give a short presentation about the historic impacts of our traveling exhibition “Exquisite Miniatures” to the genre of miniature art alongside his report for the Miniature Artists of America society (MAA). Obviously my parents were as proud as could be! At the conclusion of the morning festivities, the show opened to the public. That afternoon we attended a MAA meeting, and before we knew it the weekend excitement was already over for us, and it was time to say our goodbyes, before heading back to Okeechobee that night. Next week, I will share photos and stories about our visit to the Ringling Museum of Art and Circus Museum, as well as our visit to the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs.
Fresh off the easel: I hope to finish the portrait miniature of my parent’s little dog, Dixie, this week and will share it with you next week along with Wes’ painting of a Blue Heron, which he hopes to finish this week as well. This post I want to share a few of our commissioned portrait paintings of cats.
Come See Our Paintings This Week:
Siegrist Solo Exhibition at the Yellow House Gallery, Sebring, FL
Until February 2nd
Until March 10th
38th International Miniature Art Show (MASF) at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, FL
Until February 10th
To view all our upcoming exhibits: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html
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Until next time ~ Rachelle