Miniature Art Exhibition at the Ellen Rice Gallery on December 7


A day-long show featuring artist Ann Cooper’s unique handmade light-up miniature creations will bring holiday cheer from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, at the new Ellen Rice Studio, Gallery and Learning Center on Ocean View’s Cedar Neck Peninsula.

Cooper will share with guests her inspiration and intricate methods for creating remarkably realistic miniature beach cottage interiors, or “happy worlds,” as she calls them. Lit by working miniature chandeliers, candlesticks and even fireplaces, all bring out the special warmth of the Christmas season. Its lanterns also feature miniature Ellen Rice paintings.

“I love his work,” Ellen Rice said. “Each piece draws you in. I can imagine any child or anyone still a child at heart will be captivated by Ann’s designs.”

A part-time resident of Bear Trap, Ann says her inspiration for creating miniatures came from her father as a child. “He taught me the love of miniatures. He loved model trains and his train gardens were simply stunning.

His father was a mechanical engineer by trade and an artist by nature “His precision and attention to detail were remarkable. From a young age, I loved ‘helping’ my dad, arranging and rearranging the houses, trees and people in the garden while dad tinkered with his trains and tracks,” Cooper said.

Everyone is invited to meet Ann Cooper and perhaps take home one of her designs or purchase them for special gifts. Fresh seasonal cakes, cookies, Ellen’s special hot apple cider, coffee, wine and cheese will be served.

The artist’s miniature exhibits will light up three rooms in the new Ellen Rice Studio, Gallery and Learning Center at 30370 Cedar Neck Road, Ocean View. The new studio is just past Big Fish Grill on the left.

For more information and itineraries, go to or call 302-539-3405.


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