Now in its 16th year, American Folk Art will present its Annual Miniature Show next month featuring 12 of the gallery’s artists. With winter’s chill taking hold during February, The Miniature Show, timed to align with Valentine’s Day, is a much anticipated and heart-warming event.

To be included, the artworks must be smaller than 9 x 7 inches. The challenge for the artists is to create a whole emotional world within that size limit. Over the years, this show has helped to develop new ways of thinking about what is possible for several of the gallery’s ‘larger format’ artists.

The smaller size concentrates the mind, and in a world with so much stimulation, peacefully concentrating on a small format lets the world fall away, and the image emerge. Often these small works, created during the lengthening evenings of winter, evoke an intimacy that summers’ energy cannot compare with.

“There is so much we love about this show,” said gallery owner Betsey-Rose Weiss. “Because the works are small, the prices generally follow suit. First-time art buyers are delighted to acquire an original piece from an artist they have admired and never thought they could afford. For seasoned collectors, adding a small piece may be the only way they can fit a new painting into their homes! It’s all exciting for us.”

In anticipation of this show, Liz Sullivan began creating her miniatures in September, observing birds migrate through her land, and capturing them in paint. Lucy Hunnicutt channels those nearest and dearest to her into arresting paintings, often including prayerful words along with the images conjured in her mind.

American Folk will preview the show at at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4. The show will open in the gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave, downtown, at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

A reception will be held in the gallery Friday, Feb. 7 from 5 – 7 p.m., 2020.

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