Exquisite Miniatures At Brookgreen Gardens

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WOW . . . That’s the word I would use if asked to sum up our experience this past week while attending the opening of Exquisite Miniatures at stunning Brookgreen Gardens located in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina! This amazing place is a real gem and truly a delight to visit!

 

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We arrived at Brookgreen in time to enjoy a short walk through the gardens before our meeting with the Curator’s Circle Friday afternoon. Exquisite Miniatures was arranged perfectly in a gorgeous museum setting and looked . . . well, absolutely exquisite to say the least! Alongside our exhibition, were small and miniature sculptures selected from the museum’s permanent collection and a private lender. Excited attendees started gathering even before our meeting was over, soon filling the room to capacity. Not only was it an amazing crowd, but everyone was so genuinely interested, asking every question imaginable about our miniature paintings and career.

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Since many had never seen a true miniature painting in person before, they were ecstatic and completely blown away with the level of detail in such a tiny space! Wes and I both were in heaven and I was so busy answering questions and talking with people that I even forgot to eat that evening! Everyone was so nice, extending to us such a warm welcome and thanking us for sharing our beautiful paintings with them.

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Robin Salmon, VP of Art and Historical Collections/Curator of Sculpture, graciously introduced us, and Wes spoke briefly about our paintings as well as the history of our traveling exhibition. Afterward, we enjoyed talking with excited attendees once more, and then it was over and time to leave, although it seemed it had just started. Needless to say, we both left there soaring emotionally!

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The next morning we met up with Robin and she gave us a wonderfully insightful tour of the grounds and other galleries and sculpture pavillions. She shared with us the rich history behind Brookgreen and how the foresight and support, of fellow sculptors through purchases and commissions, by sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband Archer Huntington, created and shaped what is now Brookgreen Gardens.

Wes and I enjoyed strolling through the numerous gardens for a couple of hours afterward before attending the Gallery Walk that afternoon. As with the opening the evening prior, the gallery was once again filled with curious admirers asking questions and viewing the paintings with magnifiers in hand.

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We spent the remainder of the afternoon admiring the gardens and taking photos of the native animals in the zoo area. That evening we enjoyed a scrumptious dinner with Robin at a local restaurant named Hanser House, where we literally talked and laughed the night away, not leaving until we realized it was almost 10 PM. But as they say, time flies when you’re having fun, so we obviously were having great fun that evening, as well as during the rest of our time there at Brookgreen!

Since I have so many amazing photos of this stunning place, I’ve decided it best to just make a video comprising of photos and video clips of our exhibition as well as the numerous photos I want to share with you of the sculpture gardens. I’m hoping to get it done soon and will share the link next week on the blog.

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Wes and me with Robin Salmon

Wes and I want to extend a BIG heartfelt thank you to Robin and the rest of the friendly staff at Brookgreen Gardens as well as the numerous patrons who came out to enjoy Exquisite Miniatures with us and add our paintings to their collections! Next week I’ll be sharing several photos of the beautiful gardens with you.

~ See Our Miniatures In-Person  ~

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January 25 – April 26, 2020: Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC

45th Annual International Miniature Art Show
January 19 – February 9, 2020: Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL

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A Duck Followed Me Home

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Wes and I took advantage of our day of beautiful pleasant weather this past week to get back out on the water! Thanksgiving was the last time we went kayaking, so you can imagine we were ready to get back out there! Clear blue skies allowed ample sunlight to bathe the watery landscape below. The water in some of our manmade lakes has been dropped for winter, creating some interesting visual features, like normally submerged tree stumps, now standing high and dry, appearing to be walking across dry land.

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Paddling a different route, we found a new creek this time which we explored a little. Our journey was cut short by large sections of dry land stretching across parts of the stream, but it was fun to go somewhere new nonetheless!

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Along one side of the murky creek, an old roadbed occasionally appeared above water.  It emerged out of the water and followed the hillside, before disappearing back underwater once again, looking like a mysterious road to nowhere!

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We were delighted to be able to watch five to six loons swimming about while fishing, calling and occasionally taking baths! Their call is a truly amazing sound, and one I’m always thrilled to hear! They didn’t seem to mind us watching them, so we did just that while sitting back in the kayaks and relaxing for quite some time. I found a new duck friend this time too, a mallard to be exact and it actually came home with me!

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Wes and I are always finding things, and this time I found the Mallard decoy which was in really good shape, so I brought him home with us where he can occasionally float in the large birdbath, piquing the interest of our very curious and observant squirrels.

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The water levels seemed to be dropping while we were out on the water, making it a little tricky to cross the lake in a couple of sections, and creating some very interesting waterscapes as well!

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We returned to the boat ramp later that afternoon and I reluctantly climbed out of the kayak, to begin our drive back home. It had been another fun adventure and we’re already looking forward to the next one!

~  In The Studio ~

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“In A Thicket” by Wes

While I’m continuing to paint on paintings for upcoming juried shows, Wes finished this miniature painting of a beautiful Red-shouldered Hawk, which we were delighted to see while In Florida last month. The hawk was mere feet from us, where we stood on a boardwalk located in a state park, and it was sitting on a tree limb whilst eating a water lily leaf.  Having never seen them do this before we found it most interesting!


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This past week we received copies of this month’s issue of The Tennessee Magazine with our delightfully written article in it, and here’s the link where you can enjoy reading “It All Comes Down to Scale”.


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Wes and I are truly delighted that Exquisite Miniatures safely arrived at beautiful Brookgreen Gardens, where it will be on display January 25th – April 26th. This Friday, January 24th at 4:30pm, we will meet the members of the Curator’s Circle. The preview reception begins that evening at the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion at 5:30 and concludes around 7pm. The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday morning the 25th and at 2 pm there will be a fun and informative Gallery Walk with Wes and me. So if you live in the area or plan to visit, we look forward to seeing you there!

~ See Our Miniatures In-Person  ~

January 25 – April 26, 2020: Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC

45th Annual International Miniature Art Show
January 19 – February 9, 2020: Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL

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~ Rachelle

A Lightsaber With Fairy Dust

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It’s been very interesting weather this week here in the Smokies! While we had a few days of rain and gray skies, we also enjoyed a couple days of mostly blue skies, ending the week with a blustery, mild-temperature day, allowing even shorts and sandals to be worn! Taking advantage of one sunny, late afternoon, we took a short walk nearby in the Smokies on a trail following alongside a stream.  It was extremely swollen and running wild with the recent rainfall, making for some beautiful cascades indeed!

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We were also able to enjoy several meals on the back deck where we’re always joined by numerous critter friends coming for handouts. While recently eating breakfast on the porch and watching the usual squirrels fighting over their morning buffet, the most adorable little baby squirrel came up and started eating some peanuts laying nearby. It was precious and I just wanted to scoop it up into my arms and hold it, which of course, it had no inkling at all of granting me that simple pleasure. Whilst surrounded by squirrels, the Tufted Titmouse family was constantly buzzing all around and overhead as they quickly devoured their peanut crunchies. Of course, by this time my Carolina Wren Peedeepeeps, had already filled his crop to capacity with mealworms and sat perched on the gutter behind where I was sitting.  From there he could easily watch and patrol his worm bowl, quickly flying down and charging other birds coming to try and grab a worm. Eventually, he left his perch, flying out to a nearby nest box and commenced to fussing, creating a big ruckus. Within minutes he had the rest of the flock joining him, all fussing and scolding at our poor resident screech owl, Shivers, resting inside, probably wishing all those noisy little birds would just go away and leave her alone. It’s always most entertaining eating on the porch and watching the interactions of all my critter friends!

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My sidekick Bunny squirrel

Wes and I finally got to see the latest Star Wars movie one afternoon this past week with friends Dick and Elise, and Yes, . . . it was as awesome as I thought it would be! I grew up watching the Star Wars movies and have seen everyone on the big screen now. Even though I’ve liked many characters over the years, Yoda is my favorite, and I always wanted to be a Jedi warrior, especially if I could’ve been trained by Yoda. After watching the movie recently,  I told Wes of my desire to be a Jedi whilst growing up, continuing that I’m sure my lightsaber would be pink and spray out fairy dust, which would, in turn, mesmerize the bad guys and then my trusty lightsaber and I would slay the evil warriors. But not without the help of my trusty sidekick Bunny squirrel, who with her amazing abilities to fling herself through treetops and flip over limbs, mixed with her courage to charge others and push them off of tables and rails with her front paws, would be able to single-handedly take out several of the evil warriors, thus helping me and my pink lightsaber restore order and peace to the universe!

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Wes and I are truly delighted that Exquisite Miniatures is on its way to Brookgreen Gardens, where it will be on display January 25th – April 26th. On Friday, January 24th at 4:30pm, we will meet the members of the Curator’s Circle. The preview reception begins that evening at the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion at 5:30 and concludes around 7pm. The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday morning the 25th and at 2 pm there will be a fun and informative Gallery Walk with Wes and me. So if you live in the area or plan to visit, we look forward to seeing you there!

~ See Our Miniatures In-Person Soon ~

January 25 – April 26, 2020: Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC

 

45th Annual International Miniature Art Show
January 19 – February 9, 2020: Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL

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Until Next Time . . . 

~ Rachelle