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It’s a known fact that anything miniature is undeniably cute. Tiny houses, pets, and food have always garnered a lot of attention in popular culture, usually for good reason. Who would have thought that miniature museums could look the same impressive? The new Fralin exhibition clearly shows the joys of miniatures.
The Little Museum of Art exhibit is the epitome of small art with a punch. It’s truly impressive how much swirling detail each artist has conveyed in such a small space – see the impressive exhibition for yourself just outside the Fralin until 28 November. If potential viewers somehow miss this generous window of time, the exhibition will reopen with vigor in the spring of 2022.
This ingenious miniature museum is inspired by the Little Free Library movement, as well as other small galleries created during the pandemic. Another driving force was the desire to engage student artists, local creators and viewers. Plus, the Little Museum of Art is the exhibit that keeps on giving, as the works in this museum are rotated to constantly showcase new artists and exciting pieces.
Fans of the Petit Musée will be delighted to learn that they can obtain these works of art when they are removed from the exhibition. Each piece will eventually be transferred to The Free Little Museum store. From there, art lovers have the unique opportunity to pick up one of these pieces or even exchange them for one of their personal creations. The Little Museum and Museum Store are outside on Cornell Plaza 24 hours a day.
Despite its size, the Little Museum of Art forges a strong connection to the community — its principles of sharing complement its accessible viewing hours, and the exhibit is even adorned with miniature solar panels for easy nighttime viewing.
As museum visitors approach the exhibit, a myriad of vivid colors will immediately reach their eyes. These colors are translated through mediums ranging from watercolor to bronze to recycled plastic film. The mixed media art contained within this space challenges the mind’s eye with its varied textures and depth with works by Betsy Tucker, Mia Villani and Chrissy Morgan Gibbons.
A central theme of the Little Museum of Art – at least until September 23, because the exhibition is constantly evolving – seems to be nature. Finger-sized birds and shocking azure waves from Gibbons and Vidya Ambati, respectively, start the trend. Julia Kindred’s pastoral views also effectively simulate nature in a soothing, palm-sized way. However, the details on the paper and the canvas are not lacking. The deep skies wrap around each edge of the canvas, taking advantage of the little space given to them.
Zhiwen Xu’s color pencil and ink on paper are also particularly striking. The amount of color thrown on this little piece of paper is exceptional. If viewers stand close enough, they can see chartreuse blending with vermilion, indigo with aquamarine. All the colors are broken up by perfectly random lines of ink, with what appear to be copper flecks scattered throughout.
Spectators and artists may naturally want to get involved in this innovative museum. If so, they can contact Lisa Jevack at [email protected]