Miniature Art Society of Florida Unveils Latest Exhibit at Dunedin Fine Art Center | Diversions


DUNEDIN – John Dryden, in his poem ‘Annus Mirabilis’, wrote the phrase “great things grow from small beginnings”. In nature, this can be represented by an acorn turning into an oak or a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. Applied to art, it is this creative spark that gradually takes shape when met with skill, patience, vision and determination.

The end result of artistic inspiration can itself be small in size yet grand in composition and craftsmanship. Such is the nature of the works selected for inclusion in the 47th International Exhibition of Miniature Art presented by the Miniature Art Society of Florida. The exhibition will open on Sunday January 16 at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin.

CASM hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+ and veterans, and $5 for students with valid ID. Admission is free for DFAC and MASF members and for students 12 and under. For information, visit, call 727-298-DFAC or email [email protected] The show will continue until February 6.

Although the works are tiny, the crowds are huge, according to MAEC President George Ann Bissett.

“There is obviously something magical about these little works,” she said.

“It still looks like an invasion – albeit small and very beautiful – when the Miniature Art Society of Florida’s annual competition opens for an exhibition at the Dunedin Fine Art Center,” said DFAC Vice President Ken Hannon. “Come marvel at the details of a work measuring only a few centimeters.”

This year’s exhibition will feature over 700 works of art and include the company’s popular permanent collection of over 100 miniatures. The artwork is well lit and magnifying glasses are attached to all screens, so guests can view the exquisite and detailed treasures. This is a spectacular exhibition of miniatures in various mediums, with paintings as well as fired porcelain, pastel, colored pencil and sculpture. With few exceptions, all artwork on display is available for purchase.

According to a press release announcing the show, entries were received from 30 states and nine different countries, ensuring an exceptional diversity of topics and settings. As in the past, the works are selected by hand from the submissions. The jury is made up of award-winning miniaturists, who have carefully selected the most beautiful works to be exhibited. This year’s exhibition includes the work of 137 artists. According to MASF, 51 prizes are awarded and a slideshow of the works of these winners will be presented during an awards brunch on Sunday, January 16.

In addition to the works on display, from Monday, January 17 until the end of the exhibition, artists from England, Canada and many US states, including Florida, will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss their techniques.

Here are some of this year’s main winners:

• Best of Show – William Mundy, Oxfordshire, UK: “The Illuminated Manuscript”

• MAA Excellence Award — Vicki Vitale, New Bern, North Carolina: “Nursery”

• Excellence in All Entries — Celyne Brassard, Quebec: “Lifeline”

• Best Work by a New Entrant — Christina Hopkinson, Market Drayton, UK: “Remember Me”

• Best Cat Award — Akiko Watanabe, Pacifica, CA: “Sunset Watcher”

The awards given to Florida artists are:

• Transparent Watercolor, Third – Linda Armstrong

• Animals First — Denise Horne-Kaplan

• Acrylic, premiere — John Brennan

• Summary, Premiere — Jan K Vermilya

• Landscape, Honorable Mention — Leland Williams

• Drawing/pastel, Premiere — Helen Mathyssen-Dobbins

• Drawing/Pastel, Second — Melissa Miller Nece

• Floral, premiere — Judith Edgington Bayes

• Oil, Third — Angela Santos

• Oil, honorable mention — Elaine Hahn

R. Lynn Whitelaw, a graduate of Florida State University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art history and criticism, is a judge for this year’s exhibition. Whitelaw has served on numerous statewide and local boards and served as a judge for over 18 outdoor art exhibits and juried shows across the state of Florida. He was founding director and chief curator of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, serving in that role for 17 years until his retirement in 2015.

Whitelaw served as curator of education at the Tampa Museum of Art for eight years, where he was honored by the Florida Association of Museums with an Innovator Award for a nationally recognized partnership program developed with county public schools. of Hillsborough. Whitelaw also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Association of Museums.

Founded in 1974, the Miniature Art Society of Florida encourages artists to get involved in the world of miniaturism.

MASF seeks to educate the public and collectors about the delicate beauty and sophistication of this venerable art form. MASF is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations made to the society are tax deductible.

According to the society’s website, America’s “golden age” of miniature portraiture ran from about 1740 to 1850 and came to an abrupt halt with the advent of photography in the mid-1800s. , in the early 20th century, there was a resurgence of interest in this art form. This revival continues the tradition of ensuring that original small-scale art, with a great emphasis on detail, maintains a respected stature in the fine arts.

The society’s scholarship efforts help talented young artists of the future.

Since 1976, the Miniature Art Society of Florida has recognized the importance of supporting young students with artistic talent. The first fund provided financial assistance for art education to elementary and secondary school students. The society later decided, in 1985, that it was necessary to establish annual scholarships for high school seniors pursuing fine arts studies. To date, MASF has awarded over $134,500 in fine arts scholarships to over 122 qualified high school graduates. Some of these students entered the society’s miniature shows.

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