MonDak Heritage Center 33rd Annual Miniature Art Show Opens

The "33rd Annual Miniature Art Show" will be on display through Saturday, Jan. 13 at the MonDak Heritage Center. One of the best and most anticipated art shows of the year, the "Miniature Art Show" highlights artists from around the world who work in the miniature format! The artists are restricted to creating works no larger than 5" x 7" and many produce work far smaller, sometimes as small as a postage stamp, with amazing detail.

This year's show features over 70 entries from 27 different artists from across the United States! Entries include acrylic, pencil, oil, watercolor, and mixed media pieces. The miniature arts pieces were judged by two local artists who understand composition, originality, and artistry. Using these criteria, prizes have been awarded to the top three entries and several more received honorable mentions. This year's top prizes were awarded to: First Place: "Overlook" by Judith Edginton Bayes; Second Place: "Not Yet a Pie" by Jeanie Gordon; Third Place: "Inspired by Nature" Sue Wall; Honorable Mentions: "Platinum Phalaenopsis" by Kimberly Jansen, "Home Sweet Home in AZ" by Jeanie Gordon, and "Just a lil Pitcher" by Jeanie Gordon. Stop by to view these amazing pieces and cast your vote for People's Choice!

Miniature art is fine art with a centuries old history. The miniature art form traces its roots back to book paintings and illuminated manuscripts in the 3rd century. Techniques such as stippling, hatching and pointillism are sometimes only discovered under magnification. Miniature art today expands beyond portraits and embraces a wide variety of subject matter, media and techniques. Miniature art is extremely detailed work with exquisite color and strength of composition rivaling that of larger paintings. A compositional guide requires each piece be no more than 1/6th scale of the actual subject. A fine miniature piece can be magnified many times and still meet fine art standards. This demonstrates the great skill and discipline artists must have to work miniature. Miniature art, with its minimal space requirements and wider affordability, places original fine art within reach of art lovers and collectors. Nearly all of the artwork in this show is for sale and any piece would make a great gift.

The MonDak Heritage Center is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 406-433-3500 or e-mail [email protected].


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