Miami County residents are invited to step into a small world of color and art this summer.
The 13th annual exhibition of miniature paintings and sculptures by the Heartland Art Guild International began on July 3 and will continue until August 4 at the Miami County Historical Museum.
The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the museum, located at 12 E. Peoria St. in Paola.
The exhibition presents small-sized works of art, such as paintings and sculptures. Artists from across the community, the Kansas City metropolitan area, and even South Africa and England are featured.
None of the painting images may exceed 25 square inches and none of the sculptures may exceed 6 inches in any direction, including the base.
Jean Cook, president of the show, is one of the artists presented. She painted an oil painting of a local horse. Cook said she has been painting and involved in art since she was young.
“I’ve done this all my life,” she says.
Carol Everhart, a resident of Paola, is also an artist featured in the art exhibit. She said she preferred oil and acrylic pieces, and enjoyed painting abstract works and landscapes of hay fields, barns, and farms, especially those in Miami County. She also enjoys taking photos and painting from photos.
“Miniatures are really, really fun to make,” she said.
She said she hopes visitors see the art personally.
“These are just beautiful, awesome paintings from around the world,” she said.
Rita Beckford of Paola also enjoys painting landscapes, in addition to animals. His works are also featured in the show.
She advises those who want to start painting to talk to Cook.
“She really got me going,” she said.
Heartland Art Guild Secretary Patsy Bortner de Paola also exhibited artwork at the show.
She said that although she likes to paint from photographs, she likes to create the concept of a work of art in her head. She said she learned to paint with the “Bob Ross” technique.
For those visiting the art exhibit, Cook said she hopes they enjoy and admire all of the various works of art on display.
“We hope they gain an appreciation for art,” she said.
The art exhibition is sponsored by the Paola Convention and Tourism Committee and KC Studio.
This year’s juror will be Johne Richardson, a Kansan native who has received numerous regional and national awards for his paintings.
Best of Show and Merit Awards will receive cash prizes and ribbons. Those who visit the exhibition can also vote for an audience award.