Mission Statement

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.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

People’s Choice Award 2012


People walked through The Renaissance Art Gallery all during November admiring the fine miniatures. Each person was given the chance to select his or her own personal favorite. At the end of the month, we counted up the votes.


This vote is always tight. There are so many fabulous and amazing miniatures that is  really is hard to choose a favorite. The People’s Choice award gives everyone a taste of just how hard it is to judge this exhibition. Over 150 people took an interest in the show this year, and while the voting was fierce, and close, we do have a winner.


Sue Wall’s Kitchen Helpers was a clear winner. Sue has been a favorite of guests at the Renaissance Art Gallery's Minaiture show for years, and we are happy to give her the People's Choice award for 2012.
Sue lives in New York City and is an active pet artist. You can see more of Sue's work on her website: http://www.suewallstudio.com/


Sunday, December 9, 2012

It is time to say Good-Bye

Its sad to see the 12th Annual National Miniature Exhibition come to an end. These lovely paintings and works of art seem so happy on our walls, that we will miss them.
Already it is time to take them down. Help those who have purchased a new friend wrap them up, and for others to return to their homes, to seek out a new venue.
We thank all the artists who were part of our show this year, and all our guests who enjoyed the enrichment of fine art. And to the media without whom we could not have had such a wonderful attendence.
Thank you, each of you you helped to make this show special
~The Artists of the Renaissance Art Gallery

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Yellow Chickadee

Done in oils, this painting is a real bright spot in our show this year. Esther Marie Versch has painted a Yellow Chickadee. These little birds tend to draw the eye, as this painting does.

Friday, December 7, 2012


"For the Young at Heart"
Judy Ferguson
I love whimsy in art.
Art that is not afraid to laugh.
Don Watts
To enjoy life
"Someone has food!"
Anne Shuff
To show life at its fullest
and sometimes most  absurd.
Whether it is full out or subtle, I love whimsy in art.
"Less is More"
Sharolyn McCray
I love art that shows the joy in everyday objects,
Takes a different view. Turns life upside down.
A celebration of life in all its aspects.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

"A Special Place" and "Weeds and Roses"

Lindy Daly
Houston, TX


These beautiful and soft paintings are a joy to look at. Each stroke done with lovely care really draws you in. Although small, there is always something new to meet the eye.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Different Media, Different Strokes

"Gray Cat"
Linda Harbison

Different Media


By far, paintings in watercolor, acrylics and oils are the most common media used by miniature artists today. But they are by no means the only media used.


Miniature artists can and do work in a variety of materials and media.


"Celtic Horse"
David Compertore
This year we had submitted work done in Mixed Fibers, Collage, Hand forged copper, stone, porcelain, pottery, batik and wood.


Among the drawing media used there scratch board, pen & ink, colored pens, felt tip pens. We even had etchings!





Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lenora Long Lancaster


"Soft Shoulders"
Each of the three works by Lenora Long Landcaster (Ridgeley, WV)is unique and shows the range possible with colored pencil.


“Soft Shoulders”


A very soft looking portrait with muted colors.
"Summer Flowers"
“Summer Flowers” has bright sharp features. Each line is clear and defined. There is texture in this piece.


“Old Kessell Barn” has clear lines, almost of photo-realistic clarity.

"Old Kessell Barn"

~Comments by Brenda Jeffrey and Susan Tschantz
The Renaissance Art Gallery

Monday, December 3, 2012

“Golden Stairs”~Yvonne James

“Golden Stairs”

Colored Pencil


Yvonne James

Palm Harbor, FL


There is drama in the composition and use of perspective. This work evokes a feeling of activity; we wonder where the stairs lead. The use of darks vs lights draws the eye up.


~Barb Mannon,
Susan Tschantz,
Renaissance Art Gallery Artist

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Soft Shoulders: Lenora Lancaster

"Soft Shoulders"

Lenora Long Lancaster

Ridgeley, WV

Colored Pencil


"I like the muted texture, the details of hair and fabric. There is a feeling of movement from a breeze. This artist understands the use of light."


~Barb Mannon

Artist & Student
Renaissance Art Gallery

“Very soft looking. The colors are muted, soft and Feathery. Love it.”


~Brenda Jeffery

Artist & Student
Renaissance Art Gallery

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Colored Pencil Drawings in Miniature Art


In among the traditional paintings are a growing number of drawings--most in colored pencil. The detail and precision of colored pencil naturally lends itself to the demands of miniature art.
"Yellow Callas"
Nancy Garcia,
Falls Church, VA


  These works of art show the range of colored pencil. It is a flexible medium,   but requires skill and knowledge to weld it expertly. This year’s show includes the work of several master colored pencil artists.

"Taking up Space"
Ann Grimes Lavalette, WV