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'Tiny Vision' exhibit a must-see

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - This miniature, Dino-Mite by Melissa Lund, is part of the Tiny Vision exhibit at the Festival of the Arts.

Vincent Van Gogh is credited with saying, “Great things are done when small things are brought together.” In that vein, the Festival of the Arts Artist’s Vision juried show presents “Tiny Vision,” a collection of 82 works of art created in a tiny format. The exhibit includes works of art that are less than 18 inches by 18 inches; some are three-dimensional.

“One of my favorite things about the Artist’s Vision is that it provides an opportunity for new and emerging artists to showcase their work,” curator Shannon McBride said. “Tiny work forces the viewer to engage. You can’t just walk by and get an idea about the work. You have to get your nose right up in the work.”

Karl Kaiser, a “Tiny Vision” exhibitor and guest curator, considers encaustic his “primary medium because of the unique depth and texture it brings to my subjects. I manipulate the wax through scraping, using impressions and smoothing techniques to evoke the complicated but perfect natural world around me. My signature technique is carving into deep multi-colored layers, bringing a richness and complexity to the work.”

Award-winning watercolorist Jeanette Mullane began painting in miniature in 1990, discovering that this ancient tradition is alive and well. Her largest work is 3 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches.

“Since that time, I’ve exhibited in dozens of international shows, and in 2001 was elected to signature membership in Miniature Artists of America,” she said.

Mullane uses a magnifying glass and tiny brushes to depict subjects such as young ballet dancers, a local farmers market or the window of a Parisian marionette shop.

Zach Collins, a collage artist, describes his work as “an introspective and process-based investigation in uniting contrasting materials to form a completely new and visual whole.” He works with found fragments, discarded objects and vintage imagery collected from the street, magazines and second-hand stores.

Embodying ideas of scattered memories, Collins considers his experiences and explores “themes of support versus restraint, bondage versus freedom, and tension versus nonchalance.”

The exhibit can be found on main level of the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St. The Festival of the Arts runs June 20-22.

This tiny artwork, Market by James Craig Johnston, is also part of Tiny Vision.




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