Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Masterworks in Miniature opens March 11

Gallery One’s famed Masterworks in Miniature opens Friday, March 11, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a wine and cheese celebration and the exhibition of 150 small and truly outstanding works of art — created by today’s most collected painters.

Now in its 20th year, Masterworks features original paintings by Robert Bateman, Edna Hibel, Carl Brenders, Terry Isaac, Dean Morrissey, Bonnie Marris, June Carey, Robert Laessig, James Christensen and more than 100 other top artists. Works are framed and are priced from $300.

While some Masterworks will fit in the palm of one's hand, others are as large as 9" x 12." A rare few may be a bit larger. Regardless of size, all are exquisitely detailed and represent the high quality expected of the individual artists. Genres include wildlife, portraits, still life, landscape, abstract, western and fantasy.

The artists are from all over the world. Some are miniaturists, specifically known for small originals. Many like Bateman and Christensen have carved out enviable reputations for full-sized originals — at prices that do not fit the average wallet.

“When such top artists are ‘forced’ to work small, their prices become really affordable,” said Alan Brown, gallery president. “Collectors of limited editions often find that they can collect such miniatures for less than prints by the very same artists.”

The demand for the miniatures is so intense that, for most of the entries, prospective buyers must submit “intent-to-purchase” forms from which lucky purchasers are drawn at the close of the event. A portion of the exhibit is available for purchase on a first come, first served basis.

All works will be on exhibit until Saturday, March 26 when the event closes. In addition, the entire exhibit can be viewed at beginning on March 11 along with detailed information regarding each work and artist. Information about purchasing will be on the web, as well.

And how do collectors display the miniatures? Many find their way into wall groupings while others rest comfortably on small easels, bathed in lamplight. Some hang alone, featured above an interesting furniture item. Regardless of how they are used, they are perfect jewels.

For additional information, call 800.621.1141 or 440.255.1200 or visit

That's all for now!
Norah Lynne and Alan

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