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Miniature exhibit begins run

Nov. 03, 2013 @ 11:21 PM

HUNTINGTON — While the outdoors is awash in the colorful splendor of fall, Sunday afternoon there was some “Autumn Gold” to be found indoors, as well.

Raxa Patel’s petite pencil and ink work “Autumn Gold” was just one of the amazing little artworks from 55 artists that is now showing in the 13th annual National Miniature Exhibition, which opened with a free reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Renaissance Art Gallery, 900 8th St., Suite #20, Huntington.

The exhibit, which only features works of art 4-x-6-inches or smaller, is now up through Dec. 8 at the gallery, which is located on the ground floor of the former Huntington High School.

The gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Studio hours are 10 a.m. to noon Monday, 1 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Huntington Museum of Art senior curator Jenine Culligan, who juried the exhibition, said in her juror’s statement that she was impressed by the range of subject matter tackled and at the quality of the submissions that came in from artists from California to New York and everywhere in between.

“In a world of megamalls and McMansions where everything is supersized and phrases like ‘bigger is better’ have become the norm, it is refreshing to view an entire gallery of small-scale artworks that require up-close intimate inspection,” Culligan wrote. “Skill and expertise in a chosen medium is required to work on a small scale such as this, and the talent of the miniature artists is apparent.”

Don Watts of Huntington said a little patience goes a long way in creating his mini abstracts using felt pens.

“It’s a little tough,” said Watts of creating his works “Streets,” “Home” and “Flowing Colors.” “You got to be patient. I work on a principle that you start out doing the larger pieces you see here, and then work around the white spaces.”

Artists from 12 states are represented in the exhibit. While the 12 awards were won by folks out of state and most of whom specialize in miniatures, Tri-State artists were well represented -- from Ironton resident Pati Payne’s three paintings to paintings and carvings by Glenwood, W.Va., couple Barbara and Earl Gray.

Susan Tschantz, who had a unique graphite wash piece in the show as well as two encaustic pieces (the ancient form of wax painting), said she and Fern Christian have been having a lot of fun of late working in encaustic and teaching workshops that have drawn more than 20 people at a time.

“I use a pancake griddle, and the most fun you can have with an iron is with Fern Christian,” Tschantz said laughing while showing off Christian’s three encaustic works, “Fantasy Fly,” “Storm Gathering” and “Day of Delight.”

Tschantz said she loves how the miniature exhibit both lures people into the gallery and then draws them to the wall for a closer look.

“One of the things I love about it is that there is such an individuality with it,” Tschantz said. “And look at these landscapes and that depth they can get in a piece. They do not feel small. We have a lot of people who come in for the first time, and they may be skeptical because somebody drug them in here, but then they see this and end up getting converted.”

If you go
The Renaissance Art Gallery is hosting the 13th annual National Miniature Exhibit through Dec. 8. The gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Studio hours are 10 a.m. to noon Monday, 1 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more info, email Gallerywv@yahoo.com or call Gallery 304-525-3235. On the web check out the Renaissance at www.orgsites.com/wv/renaissance as well as http://twitter.com/wvgallery and http://renaissancegalleryart.blogspot.com.



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