Fun at the Exquisite Miniatures Opening at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center

Attending Our Exquisite Miniatures Opening

By Rachelle Siegrist

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We left our home here in the Smokies this past Friday morning, and headed over to Yadkinville, NC, to attend the opening reception for our Exquisite Miniatures tour at the Yadkin Cultural Art Center, in Yadkinville, NC.  Driving mostly through the Smoky Mountains National Park, the first part of the ride was scenic and beautiful, and we were delighted to see numerous turkey at different points along the way, as well as a Black Bear at the edge of the woods!

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Enjoying one of the views from the Foothills Parkway

We arrived at the art center that afternoon, in time to catch a quick glimpse of our exhibition as well as get directions for the B&B, where we would be staying that night. Soon, we were pulling into the long narrow drive leading to the Vintage Inn, where the beautiful old home built in 1934, sat perfectly content, nestled amongst several large trees bordered by lush woods in the back. A couple of the stately large trees were Willow Oaks, with one being over 225 years old and quite stunning, which of course I just had to hug!

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Standing by the beautiful Vintage Inn

After a quick informal tour of the beautiful home, by the congenial owner Chip, we headed back to the art center to enjoy a delicious dinner at the Third Branch Cafe, before the opening that evening. Soon numerous people were there viewing the paintings with magnifiers in hand, filling the air with the expression “Wow!” . . . many times over! It’s always truly delightful seeing people thrill over our miniatures and getting to share the stories behind the paintings.

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Attendees at the opening that evening (photo courtesy of the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center)

A tasty assortment of hors d’oeurves were served, with my personal favorite being a miniature pumpkin cheesecake, so deliciously light and airy, that it felt like a cloud in your mouth! Of course being located in the Yadkin Valley Wine Region, there was a nice collection of wines from local vineyards being offered as well.

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Viewing the miniature paintings (Photo courtesy of the YCAC)

Amazingly, it seemed as if the opening had concluded as soon as it had begun, as we said our good-byes and heading back to the B&B. Upon returning, we enjoyed wonderful conversation for a couple of hours with the delightfully friendly guests who were also staying there that night, whilst relaxing in the warm inviting living room, and munching on delicious homemade cookies, which owner Sandy had made earlier.

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The elegant Cabernet Suite at the Vintage Inn

After a pleasant night’s sleep in our elegant “Cabernet Suite” complete with fresh flowers and dark chocolates, we joined the others for morning coffee on the enclosed veranda. Soon thereafter, we were sitting in the dining room, being served the first of three delicious breakfast courses, featuring fresh fruit and yogurt topped with Sandy’s homemade granola. After a frittata and cooked apples, the breakfast concluded with a scrumptious sorbet Sandy had personally made from fresh strawberries and sparkling wine! Conversation came to an abrupt stop as soon as the first spoonful of that went into everyone’s mouth, and all that could be heard was “Mmmmmmmmmm!”

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Enjoying a delicious breakfast with new friends!

Needless to say, between attending our opening at the art center, and our delightful stay at the Vintage Inn,  we truly had a wonderful time!  Many thanks to Jody, Lindsay, Annie, Amos and the rest of the staff at the Yadkin Cultural Art Center, and to Chip and Sandy for their Southern hospitality at the Vintage Inn and making it such an enjoyable weekend!

~ For more info on our exhibition at the Yadkin Art Center click on the image below ~

Exquisite Miniatures exhibition at the yadkin cultural arts center

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~ The latest paintings off of the Siegrists’ Easels ~

Well as you can see, I couldn’t wait to paint Niagara Falls in miniature! I finished my painting of Horseshoe Falls viewed from the Canadian side, this past week, which shows the Maid of the Mist boat going into the mist of the falls, hence the most appropriate title . . . “Into the Mist”

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                                         “Into The Mist” by Rachelle

Here is a close up view with a penny to show the scale of the wee Maid of the Mist.  It was certainly quite challenging to paint the blue poncho clad passengers and the American flag that small!

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A detailed view of the Maid of the Mist

Wes finished his miniature painting this past week as well which is part of our Admiring the Masters series, featuring himself viewing works at one of the Smithsonian museums.

Inspired and in Awe, miniature painting by Wes Siegrist
“Inspired and in Awe” by Wes

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Until next time . . .


6 thoughts on “Fun at the Exquisite Miniatures Opening at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center

  1. Bill Mundy

    Hi Rachelle, lovely blog – so interesting. And your Cabernet Suite looked very elegant. Specially liked the big sign announcing Your and Wes’s exhibition you were standing beneath x

    1. Hi Bill, Thank you! yes, the suite was very elegant and lovely indeed, as was the entire Vintage Inn, and we too thought they did a splendid job on the Exquisite Miniatures sign at the Yadkin Art Center!
      Big Hugs 🙂

  2. Marilynne Wasielewski

    Reading your blogs always makes me smile. Good luck with the current exhibit. The Vintage Inn looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing your adventures.

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