EXQUISITE MINIATURES at the Hickory Museum of Art

EXQUISITE MINIATURES opens at The Hickory Museum of Art!

By Rachelle Siegrist

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Wes and I with our two self-portrait miniatures

Wes and I just returned from a great weekend in Hickory, NC, where we attended the opening for our EXQUISITE MINIATURES Exhibition at the beautiful Hickory Museum of Art. The tour which opened in July of 2010 at the R. W. Norton Art Gallery, is now being exhibited at its 28th venue, and will be traveling to numerous other museums through 2022, bringing the total to 37 venues for our exhibition!

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Wes standing in front of the beautiful museum, which was once the High School

Normally the paintings ship from museum to museum, but they came back to our studio last week, for needed repairs on the shipping crates, as well as replacing some of the paintings and title panels.  So Wes and I drove the exhibit over, staying an extra couple of days, so there was time for the exhibition to be hung before the public opening on Sunday.  It’s always so exciting to see our miniatures exhibited in a new venue, so imagine our excitement at our first peak of the gallery in which they will be exhibited through March 17th!

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We did get to help with matching up the name signs since there’s 58 total!

It was so funny seeing our wee 58 miniatures lining the walls in preparation for being hung, and I enjoyed watching how the perfect lettering for the exhibition is applied, which is truly an art in and of itself!

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Kristina carefully applies the lettering 

We left our paintings in great hands, and spent a couple of hours enjoying another current exhibition at the museum, A Grand Vision: Elliott Daingerfield Paints Grandfather Mountain & The Grand Canyon.  It’s an absolutely gorgeous museum inside and it was a lovely exhibit.

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Wes looking at the Daingerfied exhibit

I really enjoyed our pretend visit to the Grand Canyon via a wall size photo on display in the exhibition!

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Yeah!!!!  I finally made it to the Grand Canyon!!!

We also greatly enjoyed seeing an exhibition of beautiful glass sculptures from the museum’s collection, including a stunning royal blue Chihully piece!  I personally love pop art, and was delighted to see a few pieces by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and other favorites of mine!  Needless to say, it was a most enjoyable afternoon!

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The first glimpse!

No matter the number of times we see it, it always seems like an amazing dream when we walk in and see our miniature paintings filling the walls of prestigious museums, being reminded of how truly blessed we are to have our paintings recognized and admired in such a grand way!

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The opening was very well attended, and the gallery filled with onlookers admiring the “tiny paintings” with great zeal and excitement, with many stating they had never seen anything like it before!  We spent the next couple of hours answering questions of how in the world we did that and about our sources of inspiration, as well as numerous other questions.

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Wes talking with curious attendees 

The Museum’s Executive Director Jon Carfagno, introduced Wes and I, along with fellow artist Harold Humphrey, who’s wonderful work was in the adjacent gallery.  Afterwards Wes spoke for a few minutes before once again talking with people enjoying our work.

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Wes talking to a group of attendees

Wes and I want to extend a BIG Thank You to the wonderful staff at the Hickory Museum of Art and especially to Jon, Clarissa, Kristina, and Kelly, for a beautiful exhibition and delightful time!  If you will be visiting the Hickory, NC area, I highly recommend a visit to this wonderful museum!

If you would love to see EXQUISITE MINIATURES come to a museum near you, please contact our Curator David J. Wagner, L.L.C

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Until next time . . .

~ Rachelle

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