Beverly Abbott – Trip to Sunny, Warm Florida? part 2
Ira and I stayed healthy this year and was able to make the trip to see the Miniature Art Society of Florida‚Äôs 41 International Miniature Art Show in Dunedin, FL Jan 16-17.¬† It was a fun four days renewing old friendships and making new friends, especially meeting the artists visiting from England.¬† We got a kick out of the different ways of using and speaking the English language.¬† Some of us who are members of the World Federation of Miniaturists are working to further the exhibition of international art.¬† Saturday evening, after the Patrons Day opening, the artists were invited to the Stirling Art Studios and Gallery in old town Dunedin to socialize.¬† Sunday morning was taken up with the Awards Brunch where we had excellent food and service.¬† As the awards were announced the winning art was exhibited on a large screen.¬† It is a challenge to paint tiny and have the art project well as a 4‚Äô x 5‚Äô image on a screen.¬† Those artists present were able to receive recognition for their art with enthusiastic applause.¬† Total entry for the MASF show was 628 paintings and sculptures.¬† My own ‚ÄúSurf Fishing II‚ÄĚ received 3rd Place in Oils out of a competition of 213 entries in Oils.¬† I am happy to write that my art received an award in five out of the six competitions I entered last fall.
In the afternoon, the yearly annual meeting of the Miniature Artists of America was held, whereas the Membership Chairman, I was able to give my report in person.¬† I also served as one of five Judges to serve on the Candidates Selection Committee to select new members to honor with the designation of a Signature Member denoting their continuing excellence in painting miniatures.¬† Sunday evening a large group enjoyed dinner together at the Fishcamp Restaurant.
Monday and Tuesday I demonstrated how I paint miniatures in¬† oil and explained the substrata I use and why I like to use the supplies I have chosen.¬† I also have samples for the visitors to touch to give them a better understanding of the materials.¬† We took English artist Michael Coe out to dinner both nights as he was visiting without a car as well as the prior Friday night.¬† I could not resist my weakness for sculpture and purchased a tiny bronze of an English Blue Titmouse from English sculptor Paul Eaton.¬† I just love sculpture.
For four days I was able to indulge my senses in beautiful art and conversations about art.¬† I am looking forward to seeing the changes in my art as time progresses.¬† I find painting miniatures to be addictive and truly enjoy creating my tiny works of art.
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