Attending Our Exquisite Miniatures Opening
By Rachelle Siegrist
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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 ~
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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”
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!
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.
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Until next time . . .