in the Palm of Your Hand:
Sedona Art Centers Annual Miniatures Exhibition
by Elizabeth Warren
Sedona Arts Center
is putting together a little exhibition literally.
Take a trip through
the diminutive side of art as SAC presents the 14th Annual Miniature
Exhibition, November 1 11, at the SAC Gallery Shop in
event features almost 200 pieces of mini-art covering a wide
range of mediums including painting, weaving, sculpture, photography,
wreaths, mirrors, jewelry and more. Each was created by a SAC
member artist, and each is available for purchase through silent
The exhibition and
silent auction culminate on the 11th with an annual reception
- that is, as chairperson Isabel Joynt said, a great big party.
This years theme is the Millenium, and in addition to
a fabulous assortment of miniatures, patrons can purchase a
keepsake champagne flute (it comes filled!).
But the real fun
at the reception is gearing up for the final bidding. Every
year, patrons get into the spirit of things by going just a
wee bit auction crazy. Tourists often get a hand in the action
as well, leaving their credit card numbers at the gallery, and
Joynt notes that in the past, individuals from as far away as
New York, Los Angeles and Chicago have upped the ante via phone.
Things get a bit wild as volunteers dart back and forth pushing
up the bids on hot items for absentee bidders.
Of course, the big
moment comes when the auction closes at 7:00 p.m. "on the
button," said Joynt. She notes that the moment of truth
always brings surprises, including cries of "I thought
I had the highest bid on that!"
But a little disappointment
cant mar the Miniature Exhibition, a SAC institution for
14 years. "Its held up all these years," said
Joynt. "And it just gets bigger and better." Last
year, the exhibition featured 170 pieces, and this year the
number is projected to increase.
healthy mix of professionals and students create the miniature
artworks, and artists who have exhibited in the past include
Susan Kliewer and Joe Beeler. Though the Miniatures Exhibition
committee doesnt have a high-powered jury system in place,
they have been forced over the years to be choosy. "It
becomes a challenge to fit all those little goodies in the space,"
And all those little
goodies have remained a popular artistic vehicle for many years.
Though photos have long since replaced miniature portraits of
our loved ones, small-scale pieces havent lost any of
their charm. "Many fine art galleries have initiated miniature
shows, such as the Lanning Gallery in Sedona and the Medicine
Wheel Gallery in Tucson," notes Joynt.
For many artists,
working in miniature provides a challenge they are anxious to
tackle. Joynt said that its often a stretch to complete
a work with such specific parameters. The artists must not exceed
9"x12" for any framed, two-dimensional piece, and
all three-dimensional pieces must be no larger than 6"
If the guidelines
are a challenge for the artists, the results are nothing but
a pleasure for the patrons. Because of the small scale, the
pieces also tend to come with a nominal price tag. Artists set
the minimum bid, and split the final bid price with the Arts
Center 50-50. Many artists donate their pieces to the Arts Center
out-right, as the event is a fundraiser
for the non-profit organization.
Don't miss out on the chane to get a head
start on holiday shopping at the Miniature Exhibition. Each
piece is unique, and with the wealth of styles and mediums available,
there's bound to be something for everyone on your list.
Since its inception, the exhibition has
always been timed to coincide with the holiday shopping season,
and has been designed to provide an opportunity for SAC's member
artists and craftsmen to have a marketplace for their work.
Besides Joynt, who has been working with the exhibition for
eight years, Don Hedine, Dennis Parker and Jim Miller have been
instrumental in shaping and organizing the event each year.
If you are an artist interested in submitting
work to the Minature Exhibition, you must be a member of SAC
and your work must fit the dimensions noted above. Categories
accepted include oil painting, acrylic, water media, drawing,
graphics, photography, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, glass,
jewelry, fiber and leather. Entries must be orginal art, for
sale, of exhibition quality and ready for display. The entry
date is Monday, October 30, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For
more information, please call the Arts Center at (520) 282-3809.