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REGIONAL GALLERY ARTIST STATEMENT

Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO

REGIONAL GALLERY

January 14–February 19

Exquisite Miniatures by Wes & Rachelle Siegrist

Produced by David J. Wagner, LLC; David J. Wagner, Ph.D. Curator/Tour Director    

Sponsored by Choice Marketing

Tiny Art

Miniature art has been in existence for centuries and the current revival in its popularity has given rise to miniature art societies, which in turn have given husband and wife team Wes and Rachelle Siegrist a platform for international recognition among peers and collectors. Their tiny treasures, as collectors often refer to them, typically measure less than nine square inches and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification. The artists engage and draw their viewers ever closer to the point where they often become lost within this miniature world. Even so, theirs are not merely small paintings but replete works of fine art capable of standing alongside conventionally sized works and competing in color, composition, and value, in spite of the fact that their exquisite detail is presented on a greatly reduced scale. A hallmark of their work is the ability to convey the feel of larger canvasses or the essence of the natural world in miniature.

 

Small wonder, therefore, that the Siegrists have been referred to as “World Ambassadors for Miniature Art.” Their continuing efforts have contributed to recognition and understanding of miniatures as a bona fide part of art history.

 

Their compositions reflect broad and diverse encounters with nature and often stress biodiversity and the ecology of humans as well as wildlife.

 

Exquisite Miniatures is comprised in equal parts of nature subjects, portraits, landscapes, and still life. The exhibit consists of fifty signature paintings accompanied by information about the Siegrists, their technique, and miniatures in general.

Exquisite Miniatures is sponsored by Choice Marketing with additional support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

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