Miniature Art Society of Florida

It always seems like an invasion… albeit a small one… when the Miniature Art Society of Florida’s Annual Competition opens for exhibit at the Dunedin Fine Art Center as it does Sunday, January 19th – February 9th, 2014. Though the works are tiny, the crowds are huge noted George Ann Bissett, Executive Director of DFAC. “There’s obviously something magical about these small works” she added.
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It always seems like an invasion… albeit a small one… when the Miniature Art Society of Florida’s Annual Competition opens for exhibit at the Dunedin Fine Art Center as it does Sunday, January 19th – February 9th, 2014.  Though the works are tiny, the crowds are huge noted George Ann Bissett, Executive Director of DFAC. “There’s obviously something magical about these small works” she added.

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Melissa Miller Nece

Approximately 800 works of art will be shown, including  the society’s permanent collection of more than 100 miniatures.  Entries from around the world and across the country provide a wonderful diversity of subject matter and framing techniques.

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Tim Bowers

Have you ever wondered how the artists make these treasures?  Visitors, starting from Monday, January 20, through the end of the show, may talk to and observe artists while they work.  These artists are willing to demonstrate their techniques, whether oil painting or scrimshaw, pencil drawings or fired porcelain. Most of the artists create under magnification, using a variety of mediums and methods and the tiniest of brushes for paintings.  Demonstrators may be from England, Canada, many US states and local Florida artists. Watch in amazement and ask all the questions you desire!

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John Brennan
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Linda Rossin

Awards and a slide show of the award winners will be presented at an Awards Brunch on January 19th.  The distinguished judge and award winning miniature artist, Alan Farrell, resides in East Sussex, United Kingdom.  Alan is a Signature Member of the Royal Miniature Society in England and a Signature Member of the Miniature Artists of American society in America.  His works are included in several publications including the RMS 100 Years Commemorative Book, the MASF Catalog of their Permanent Collection, and the MAA book, Modern Masters of Miniature Art in America, and is he listed in the UK Who’s Who in  Art.  Alan states:  “This Florida exhibition attracts more entries than any other miniature society throughout the world.  The work selected for this exhibition is truly outstanding, and I never cease to be amazed at the variety of subjects, interpretations, and techniques that are used.  In miniature art, in addition to the normal criteria of composition, perspective, tonal quality and originality, attention to detail is critical.”

The award winners range in age from  24 to 85 and are:

 Best of Show  –  Tim Bowers, Granville, Ohio, “The Book Drop”

 Judge’s Second Choice  – Jane Mihalik, Silver Spring, Maryland, “Slippers with Opera Glasses”

Excellence In All Entries  – Linda Rossin, Oak Ridge, New Jersey, “Butterfly Blooms ”

Best Work By A First Time Entrant  – Lynn Wade, Safety Harbor, Florida, “Hurry Home”

Best Cat Award – Akiko Watanabe, Pacifica, California, “Tatiana” 

Work selected for the MASF Permanent Collection

Judy Lalingo, Jarrettsville, Maryland, “Faces of the Hunt”