Note: This article is one of a series celebrating Mariposa Memories and was originally published during Spring 2008
Click Here for 2017 Information: Elizabeth Specht Memorial Miniature Show Returns to the Sierra Artists' Gallery March 20 - April 2, 2017
March 19, 2017 - Tiny masterpieces prompt visitors to pick up magnifying glasses provided by the gallery for closer examination of the incredible work on display. Some are painted in oils, watercolor or acrylic. Others are rendered in pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink or mixed media. There are even a few miniature sculpture pieces.
In order to be considered a miniature, the artwork (including frame and matting) cannot exceed 48 square inches, with a maximum image size of only 25 square inches. A majority of the approximately 300 separate pieces are considerably smaller. Compare the size of a penny shown with the examples here to get an idea of actual sizes.
The Northern California Society of Art in Miniature began sponsoring its show in 2000 and held two shows per year for the first two years. This is the tenth show and the eighth year of the event. Throughout that time artists have competed in several different categories for each show including landscape, portrait, animals and still life.
Visitors to the gallery constantly express amazement at the artistic and technical skill that can be demonstrated in such a small space. Almost all of the artwork is for sale and is price marked.
Many artists including several from Mariposa and the surrounding area enter their work year after year according to show organizer, Elizabeth Specht, but artists from many states in every area of the country, as well as several international exhibitors, contribute in a wide variety of styles, mediums and subjects.
Sierra Artists Gallery is located at Sixth Street and Hwy 140 in the historic district of Mariposa. Open: Winter Hours: Thursday through Monday 10:00-4:00 and Summer Hours: Thursday through Monday 11:00-5:00. The exhibit will be on display through March 30. Visitors are encouraged to come in and vote for their favorite miniature work of art to determine the "People's Choice" award.
Click here for: Sierra Artists Gallery Website
Fawn, acrylic, $400
Laverne Hill Chambersburg, PA
Autumn in the March, Oil, $475
James Andrews Bellevue, OH
Far East, Oil, $300
Gail McCargel Saint Peters, MO
Bittersweet, Acrylic, $650
Sylvia Ganz Palm Beach, FL