Masterpieces in Miniature
November 1, 2008 – January 11, 2009
The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to announce the return of its family-friendly attraction for the holidays. The Museum has again invited premier miniature artists from the region to produce miniatures based on an existing masterpiece. Each of the imaginative installations will be inspired by a masterpiece of art, many from the Museum’s own collections.
|Dana Pyle, Jr.
The Attack upon the Chew House, 1898
|Wanda Morris Simons
Glorious Guendolen’s Golden Hair, 1856-57
William Morris (1834-1898) and Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)
Israel Balleto & Fridam Marley Pitts
The Widow, 1997. Fernando Botero (born 1932).
Israel Balleto was born in the mountains of Peru. He is now a community leader, poet, and staff member of the Delaware Art Museum’s Facilities Department. He hopes to “break through society’s red tape” with his community activism and art.
Fridam Marley Pitts is a community leader, organizer, and art teacher.
The Spring Witch, c. 1883-84. George Wilson (1848-1890).
Stewart Jackson was born in Delaware in 1959 and graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) with a major in Illustration. His current interests include figurative sculpture. He has done work for a number of publishing companies and is presently a staff member of the Delaware Art Museum’s Security Department.
The Smoke Signal, 1905. Frederick Remington (1861-1909).
Marnie King, a miniaturist for 25 years, is a member of First State Mini Club (FSMC) and the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME). Her work has been seen in over 15 NAME Conventions, PA Miniaturia, and Delaware’s Club show. An occupational therapist by vocation, she has used the fine motor skills with patients and other hobbies of needlework, antiques, rock collecting, and Victorian memorabilia. As a teacher of anatomy at Thomas Jefferson University and stamp collector, she chose a painting that is both featured on a stamp and a challenge for modeling skills to create the Indian characters.
The Peacock Robe, 1921. George Watson Barratt (1884-1962).
Deb Mackie relies on her background in theatrical set and costume design when creating miniatures. One of her favorite things about working in this small scale is that painting a scenic backdrop doesn’t require the use of a ladder! She became
interested in creating character figures after trying unsuccessfully to find expressive kit figures for her award-winning dioramas. After studying with renowned doll artist James Carrington, she began creating her own figures in polymer clay. She was recently awarded Artisan status in the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, and is also a member of the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild. Her work has been featured in American Miniaturist magazine, and has won numerous awards including Best in Show in the Philadelphia Flower Show Miniature Settings division. Her dolls have been purchased by collectors worldwide, and are available for sale online at www.whitehorsestudio.com.
Sayuri Dancing at a Teahouse, inspired by Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (born 1956).
Cheryl Miller has been involved in miniatures since 1980. She has placed miniatures in each of the Delaware Art Museum’s previous two Masterpieces in Miniature exhibitions. A self-employed web designer, Miller lives in Oakton, Virginia, with her husband and two miniature poodles.
Dana Pyle, Jr.
The Attack upon the Chew House, 1898. Howard Pyle (1853-1911).
The Buccaneer was a Picturesque Fellow, 1905. Howard Pyle (1853-1911).
Dana J. Pyle, Jr., attended the Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He studied watercolor painting under John W. McCoy, oil painting with Frank E. Schoonover, and illustration under Edward Shenton. He is related to the master illustrator Howard Pyle as well as the artists Margery and Ellen Pyle. Dana’s paintings can be found in the Hotel du Pont, the University of Delaware, local banks and offices, and private collections. He has designed stained glass windows for Aldersgate Methodist Church. He was the originator of the annual Christmas Shop watercolor donation to the Christina Community Center private collection. For his work as a residential designer, he finds art very useful, and he has designed houses in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Dana is also well known for his work as a miniature artist, taking awards in the Philadelphia Flower Show. He was awarded first place in last year’s Masterpieces in Miniature show here at the Delaware Art Museum.
Susan Ross & Bonnie Kincaid
For to be a Farmer’s Boy, 1887. Winslow Homer (1836-1910).
Susan Mary Ross moved to Delaware from her native state of Michigan after graduating high school. She returned to Michigan to attend Alma College. After a career as a school teacher, she went to work for Gaudios in the craft department, and then later at Mitchell’s where she worked for nine years as the Craft Manager. It was there she became interested in miniatures. She has been involved with the First State Miniature club for several years.
Bonnie Kincaid is a native Wilmingtonian. Her grandfather built the house where five generations of her family have lived. Her interest in miniatures began when she was looking for a dollhouse for her daughter. She has worked at Mitchell’s department store in Fairfax for 47 years, and has been head of the doll house department there since the early 1980s. She is a long-time member of the First State Miniature Club.
Wanda Morris Simons
The Arming of a Knight, 1856-57, and Glorious Guendolen’s Golden Hair, 1856-57. William Morris (1834-1898) and Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882).
Wanda Morris Simons has been creating crowd-pleasing miniature displays for over a decade, including two for previous Masterpieces in Miniature displays at the Delaware Art Museum. She is a former blue-ribbon and best of show winner at the Philadelphia Flower Show’s Miniature Settings class, which combines miniscule plants with miniature furnishings. An interior, display, and graphic designer by training, Simons brings these talents to her miniatures. She teaches classes in miniature-making around the country, has co-designed centerpieces for a national miniatures convention, and is a member of First State Mini Club of Delaware (FSMC) and the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts. She lectures on the history of dollhouses and miniatures for the Delaware Humanities Forum and spearheaded the FSMC effort to develop a miniatures badge for the Chesapeake Bay Girl Scout Council.
|In Delaware, this exhibition is made possible, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.