Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Size is the Prize in the Beholder’s Eyes

Greetings from Clancy, half of your humble Patrons of the Arfs!  Today two friends, Pancho and Lefty, are here to illustrate a point. (Loath to share the spotlight, Shayna will return next time.)

It has come to my attention that there are those who classify Lakeland Terriers as small dogs. While at 14”, we tower over Chihuahuas, we do fall somewhat short in comparison to Great Danes, who can reach a height of more than 30”.

But what has size to do with matters of art? I’m glad you asked, because while for some, bigger is better, there is no denying the appeal of smaller things. (Think of the tiny house craze or, if you will, miniature art.)

This art form can be found in prestigious museums and prized art collections the world over, including the White House and Smithsonian. Ever since medieval times, people have had a fascination with miniature art. This is especially true in modern times. In a fast-moving world, miniature art gives us an opportunity to slow down, stop and appreciate rich, exquisite detail.

Artists who typically create large works love the challenge to stretch their artistic muscles and work in a smaller, albeit demanding, format that demands perfection. And the art lovers who collect their work appreciate having the opportunity to acquire one-of-a-kind, original works of art for prices comparable to those of reproductions.

That’s why I’m so excited to announce Gallery One’s 25th Masterworks in Miniature® Show, taking place May 10 through May 25. Artists from all over the globe have been invited to submit their original paintings and sculptures. Most of these exceptional works of art will be no larger than 9” x 12” with prices starting at only $200! AND we’ll be open on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12 from 11 – 4. (Take your one-of-a-kind Mom out for brunch, and then bring her in to select a unique, affordable, heirloom quality gift!) Much like a Fabergé egg, each miniature is a jewel to be treasured for generations. Many collectors create groupings with several miniatures.

The range of subject matter for Masterworks in Miniature® will be as diverse as the impressive array of artists participating in this distinguished invitational show. Among the artists who’ve created miniatures are Robert Bateman, Paul Brunelle, June Carey, Jim Daly, Michael Deas, Michael Dumas, Edna Hibel, Robert Laessig, Dean Morrissey, Maynard Reece, Rowenna, Mort Solberg and many others. A host of new participating artists will be announced.

Comprised of original watercolor, oil, acrylic and mixed media works, Masterworks in Miniature® also offers original bronze, fired clay, lost wax and ceramic sculptures. Genres will include wildlife, portraits, still life, landscape, abstract, Western and fantasy by these world renowned artists. And the entire exhibit will be on display at Gallery One and online when the show opens at www.galleryone.com   But be forewarned – because each miniature is an original, demand will be intense. Act quickly so as not to be disappointed.

In short, prepare to be dazzled. Shana and I can’t wait, and we look forward to seeing you very soon!


Clancy & Shayna
(Your Patrons of the Arfs)

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