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Our Mission is to promote art and art education in the community and among its members. To encourage and promote a public interest and understanding of art; to create and develop a closer relationship between art and the community and further the education and artistic development of its members.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Working on the 10th Annual National Miniature Exhibition

The entire Renaissance Gallery is working hard to make this the best International National Miniature show we have ever had. In honor of our 10th Miniature Exhibition, we want the widest audience, and the widest participation among local artists we have ever had.

This is important to us. We feel that our central location at 900 Eighth Street, Suite 20 in downtown Huntington WV in the Tri-state area makes us the best place to showcase local artists. The Miniature Show is fun! It is exciting to be in a nationally recognized show. And we have cash awards!

Size Matters!

Art schools tend to emphasize painting large. Large is good. Large is important. Large is impressive. For those of us who are self-taught, the tendency is for sizes we are comfortable and familiar, ea. we tend towards sizes that photos come in, 8x10, 5x7 etc. Or whatever is on sale at the local craft store.

But choosing the size is also a part of composition. So go small!

Small works can be surprisingly intimidating.

How Do I Paint So Small?

Once you try a couple, you find it really isn’t that hard. With the correct tools and lighting it can be very relaxing. After the stress of painting large, there is a certain freedom in going small.

Four inches by six inches (4x6) seems to be the most popular size, both with artists and with collectors. This seems to be small enough to be intriguing, and still allows the viewer to interact with the scene. Another plus-it is a standard size and relatively easy and inexpensive to frame.


We have gotten a couple of nice write-ups in the local papers here in West Virginia but continue to have trouble getting noticed in Eastern Kentucky and Southern Ohio. Since The Renaissance Art Gallery is located in Huntington, WV right across the river from Ohio, and only miles from Kentucky it is a great place to artists to gather and party a bit. Celebrate being an artist. We always have a number of tv stations and reporters attending the reception, and they are always on the look out for fresh blood! And it is an easy show to get into. Simply stay with the size and media, and you are in!

It is also a great way to build an art resume. Something that is nationally recognized and outside the walls of academia, and is nationally recognized.

Are you going to be part of the 10th Annual National Miniature Exhibition?



1 comment:

  1. this is going to be an exciting show. I hope you all have your prospectus.