Is bigger always better? Come to Gallery Moab and decide for yourself. Many large works are displayed on our walls, but in contrast, our December show, “Small Wonders,” features miniature works by the member artists of our gallery. What is miniature? The simplest answer is very small, though the meaning and intent of the term as applied to art has changed over the centuries. Artist Janet Buckingham has written a fascinating blog on our website gallerymoab.com where you can learn about the long history and evolution of miniature art.
According to Buckingham’s blog, miniatures date back as early as 250 A.D., existed as Bible and book embellishments during the Middle Ages, served as portable reminders of loved ones prior to the advent of photography in the 1800s, and are still popular today. She explains “There are dozens of miniature painting societies across the globe and within the United States. Collections of miniature art are found in museums all over the world …. In Utah, you can see a collection of miniatures at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City. Local galleries across the map have miniature shows and it’s likely the strict definition of miniature art (no larger than 25 square inches and the subject no larger than 1/6th its actual size) is only held to in formal exhibitions at well-funded museums that hold collections of ancient or historical art.”
The tiny treasures in the “Small Wonders” show have been made by our artists and artisans in a variety of media including ceramics, textiles, glass, paintings, drawings, block prints, mixed media, and more. The maximum size for the art in this show has been expanded to 64 square inches (8”x 8”), not including the frame, with no limitation on theme. Buckingham acknowledges that “Of course this breaks the rule of 25 square inches, but artists are, thankfully, well-known to be rule breakers! We expect our artists to rise to the “small” challenge and provide a show where there will be art for every taste and budget…”
She adds, “As we enter the gift-giving season, think about the gift of art. It’s perfect for the person who has everything. It shows the person being gifted that you have put some careful thought into what they would love and cherish. It triggers memories, perhaps of time together, or of places that make one’s heart sing. Every day and every month there is new art to see at the Gallery. Purchasing art supports local artists … and the work of local artists is not sitting in cargo ships!”
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