A Live TV Interview About Exquisite Miniatures
by Rachelle and Wes Siegrist
Wes and I were delighted to receive a phone call this past week, from NTV’s The Good Life host, Carol Staab, to inquire about interviewing us pertaining to our Exquisite Miniatures Tour! A time was set up for Thursday morning, December 1st, and our live phone interview was featured during a 10-minute segment of the station’s entertaining morning program, The Good Life. It’s always a bit nerve wracking to be interviewed live, but alas all went very well, as we shared about the wows and challenges of painting miniatures and about our historical museum tour, now scheduled into 2020! Carol, and co-host Ashia Aubrey, did a wonderful job and we are most thankful for the opportunity to be a part of their morning program!
You can watch and listen to the informative and entertaining interview here ~ NTV/ABC Nebraska TV The Good Life
~ Mini Art . . . It’s The Next Big Thing ~
Stoking the excitement was an article we just found in the Traditional Home Magazine’s September 2016 issue, proclaiming miniature portraits are back in style, which of course got us very excited as miniaturists! I love how the article begins . . . “Miniatures are the artistic equivalent to those people who speak so softly that everyone leans in to hear them. Our eye is drawn in naturally to these tiny artworks; we’re fascinated and curious to learn more.” We couldn’t agree more! The article goes on to talk about the wow factor involved with miniatures and the charm of their intimacy due to their small size and scale.
Wes writes . . . .
~Miniature paintings left the pages of books over 500 years ago and became cherished unique art treasures. They were intimately adored by the masses as tokens of affection and keepsakes passed down through generations. Artists thrived as miniaturists with overwhelming public demand seeking them out.
All this changed with the introduction and development of photography in the 1800s. Most all miniaturists fell from favor, as the public wanted the latest, greatest thing that was far cheaper and less time consuming to produce. For a while miniaturists touted their ability to employ color and flatter their sitters but this had little impact on swaying public opinion. Only the business savvy, with loyal patronage preferring the made by hand gems persisted with the future outlook of what had once been a dominant force in art looking bleak.
Insult to injury grew to intolerable conditions when photography began to market and parade itself as “miniature paintings”. These colored photographs were finding their way into exhibitions and collectors were being duped into thinking they had acquired traditional paintings. A brave handful of artists decided enough was enough and came together to form the world’s first miniature art society with the goal of preserving and promoting their beloved genre.
Today, over 120 years later, miniature art persists due to the efforts of the world’s miniature art societies. Rachelle and I fortuitously stumbled into them back in 1997 and after falling in love with these diminutive gems, chose to pursue them full time as artists. We encompass a variety of subject matter in our body of work and are proud to be among the mere handful worldwide of miniaturists adept at human portrait miniatures. Public demand seems to prefer pets, wildlife and landscapes but it is comforting to know some still commission intimate tiny portraits of their family. It is also heartwarming to read that they may have another revival of interest on the near horizon! ~
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~Traditional Home Magazine September 2016 “Small Wonders, Miniature Portraits Are Back In Style”, Ted Loos
~For further information on miniature art: Modern Masters of Miniature Art In America by Wes Siegrist
This is a great opportunity to see in person and add to your collection, our miniatures paintings this week at the Steamboat Art Museum!
Until next time . . .