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Miniature Art Society of Florida, Inc.

FOR RELEASE Clearwater, Florida
December 2007

Magnificent Miniature Masterpieces

Once again a dazzling journey for the eyes! Mark your calendar because you won't want to miss the Miniature Art Society of Florida exhibit at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, Florida, from January 20 through February 10th, 2008. There you will be treated to a spectacular display of miniatures – not only paintings but scrimshaw, fired porcelain, and sculpture – including works created by some of the world's finest miniature artists. With few exceptions, all of the art is for sale.

Approximately 850 works of art will be shown, in addition to the society's permanent collection of more than 100 miniatures. The artwork is well lighted and magnifying glasses are available for the complete enjoyment of the small treasures. Most of the artists create under magnification, using a variety of mediums and methods and the tiniest of brushes for paintings. Entries from 35 states and 12 countries provide a wonderful diversity of subject matter and framing techniques. Of the approximate 1100 works of art submitted for entry in the show, a jury of award-winning miniaturists has carefully selected only the very finest for display.

Have you ever wondered how the artists make these treasures? Visitors, starting from Tuesday, January 22, through the end of the show, may talk to and observe artists at work. These artists are willing to demonstrate their techniques, whether oil painting or scrimshaw, pencil drawings or fired porcelain. Demonstrators this year will be from England, Canada, many US states and local Florida artists. You will watch in amazement.

Awards and a slide show of the award winners will be presented at an Awards Brunch on January 20 with local officials, gallery and museum directors in attendance. Rosalind Pierson, award winning artist and President of the Hilliard Miniature Society in England, judged the 2008 show. While viewing the works, Rosalind said, "As a regular exhibitor and visitor I was already aware of the very high standard of work, and so it was with a great sense of excitement and anticipation that I began the pleasurable, if daunting, task of selecting the award winners. It was necessary to look for the smallest point on which to make a decision. That is what miniatures are all about – the smallest details. The MASF show is without doubt one of the finest showcases for miniature art in the world, and it is probably also the most popular with artists and buyers alike. "

Enclosed is a photograph of one of the award winners from your local area.

America's "golden age" of the portrait miniature (about 1740-1850) came to an abrupt halt with the advent of photography in the mid 1800s. But the love of creating art ‘in little' did not die. There was a resurgence of interest in the early 20th century – The Revival Period – and we are carrying on in that tradition. We want to assure that original art in small scale, with great emphasis on detail, maintains a respected stature in the Fine Arts. A testimony to the interest today was the Fourth Exhibition of World Art in Miniature at the Smithsonian, Washington DC in June 2004, with fourteen miniature societies around the world being represented, including the Miniature Art Society of Florida.

The show will open to the public at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo, Florida, at noon on Sunday, January 20, 2008. Museum phone is (727) 518-6833 www.gulfcoastmuseum.org


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