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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Miniature show coming up

The 11th Annual National Miniature Exhibition is coming up fast. Submission dates for local artist is October 14-16, 2011. The show itself will run for the month of November into the first 2 weeks of December 2011 at The Renaissance Art Gallery in Huntington, WV. This show is an open entry show, open to all adult artists 18 and up. Works shipped to The Renaissance Art Gallery should be postmarked by October 12, 2011, to insure they arrive on time.

Traditional forms
Miniatures are the original portable art. While any work at 1/6th scale is technically a miniature, The Renaissance Art Gallery show, like most miniature shows does place size restrictions on entered work. This is the challenge. But it is also the tradition. While royalty and great nobles could commission huge paintings, real people created work in scale with their lives.

The first miniatures were often done on the backs of playing cards, easily hand held! And don’t forget small portraits in lockets! Jewelry is a natural outlet for those working in miniature.

Miniatures at sea

Miniature art is portable art. People from all walks of life have practiced it for centuries. Sailors at sea would fill long hours with scrimshaw carvings of available materials, often the teeth and ivory of marine mammals like whale teeth and walrus tusks. Woodsman in Appalachia simply used the natural material around them to whittle both practical items and small fun figurines.

Size matters

For miniature competition, size does matters. All shows have their own restrictions, but The Renaissance Art Gallery has adopted the same standards used in the major American miniature associations of 25 sq inches, or 5x5, but any configuration that gives you up to 25 sq inches is accepted. Last year we had one artist who works on 1 inch x 8 inch pieces. This is the maximum size, but not the required size. The most traditional size is still the size of a playing card, 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches (or the size of a baseball card) We have had much smaller pieces and enjoy them! Don’t forget that miniatures can also be sculpture! Three-dimensional pieces cannot exceed 8 inches in any one direction. Again, any art format is welcome, ceramics, stone, pottery or metal.

National show

The Renaissance Art Gallery’s Annual Miniature exhibition is a nationally recognized art show. This is why we strictly enforce the size requirements. It is also why photography and other mechanically reduced formats are not acceptable in this show. Our show draws the best from across our nation, and for many of us this is the only opportunity we will have of entering a national art competition. And it is fun.

There is still time

Now is the time to create wonderful small works of perfection and time to enter the 11th Annual National Miniature Exhibition. If you have never tried to work in miniature, now is the time! Help is available at The Renaissance Art Gallery on Wednesdays. Studio hours are from 12:00 until 7:00 pm. Artists are available to answer your questions and to help you work small!

The Renaissance Art Gallery

900 8th Street, Suite #20

Huntington, WV 25701

Gallery (304) 525-3235

Appointments: (304) 453-3187





Gallery hours are:

Friday & Saturday 12-4 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm

Studio hours Monday 10-Noon, Wednesday 1:00-7:30 pm and Saturday 10-Noon

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