Yesterday I helped our newly formed Alabama Miniature Art Society take in artwork for the Second Annual Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show, which will hang Feb 5-28 at the Southern Art and Framing Gallery here in Mobile. The reception and awards presentation will be this Friday, February 5th, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Come on out and check out the miniature art!
I don't think of myself as a painter of miniature art, but I had entered a small pen and ink in the previous Spanish Moss show which was accepted, and therefore became eligible to participate as a member of AMAS. There really are specific criteria for judging miniature art. The AMAS group will be educating local artists (including myself) and the public on criteria and procedures for miniature art production and shows. The first Spanish Moss show allowed any art of size 8x10 or smaller. This year the show limits artwork to 25 square inches (e.g., 5 in. x 5 in.), so we are gradually bringing our rules to conform with other miniature art societies. I entered three pieces, all 5 in. x 5 in. acrylic on panel. They include my "Mini Cow", "Petting Zoo Goat", and the recently completed "Petting Zoo Llamas" shown below. These probably are not true miniature art, but they were fun and relatively quick to paint.