Exquisite Miniatures At The Customs House
By Rachelle Siegrist
Wes and I headed to Clarksville, TN last Wednesday morning, and I couldn’t resist singing the Monkee’s song. “Take the last train to Clarksville . . . and I’ll see you in the morning“! We arrived in time to visit Dunbar Cave State Park later that afternoon. It was a lovely little park, with a couple of nice hiking trails winding their way through the woodlands, which we enjoyed walking, and although the cave wasn’t yet open for season, it was still impressive to see! It’s adjacent to Swan Lake, where we saw lots of turtles, a few ducks and even a nesting Canada Goose.
The next morning we drove to the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, a beautiful historic building which first opened as a customs house to the public in 1898. We were delightfully surprised to see a large banner hanging at the front of the magnificent building, displaying our miniature paintings on each side!
Once inside, we were met by the friendly staff, before heading to the gallery with Terri, where Exquisite Miniatures is on display until June 24th. Beautifully arranged in groupings, each group has two hanging magnifying glasses easily accesible, for getting an intimate look at the miniature gems on display.
We quickly set up our easels and palettes, while laying out our brushes, and before long attendees started filing into the gallery. With standing room only left, everyone seemed intrigued with the miniature art, as we talked about the process, joys and difficulties of painting miniatures, while also demonstrating some of our painting techniques.
Onlookers voiced how interesting the differences in our painting techniques are. Having not really thought that much about it before, we totally agreed that watching Wes paint is like watching a high speed car race, while watching me is more like watching sheep peacefully graze in green pastures!
Trying to pack as much information as possible into our time there demonstrating, which passed all too quickly, we lingered afterwards and answered as many questions as possible from curious attendees.
Afterwards, we enjoyed walking through the museum and seeing the numerous exhibits and historical artifacts on display, with the large model train set being a favorite for both of us! We want to thank Terri, Blanca, Randy and the rest of the friendly staff at the museum again for making our time there such a pleasure! If you’re ever in the Clarksville area, I highly recommend a visit to this wonderful museum!
Next week I’ll be sharing exciting stories and amazing photos from our adventurous day at Fall Creek Falls State Park!!
We’re so delighted that we each had a miniature painting accepted into this year’s Society of Animal Artists’ 58th Annual Art & The Animal Exhibition
at The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, St. Petersburg, FL!
Wes’ “Long Jawed Orb Weavers” and my “Uncomfortably Menacing”
Until next time . . .