On My Soapbox In Florida

squirrel_s4_melinda_fabianTwo of my miniature paper sculptures, “On My Soapbox” and “On The Rocks,” have been accepted into the Miniature Art Society of Florida‘s 42nd Annual International Miniature Art Show. The show runs Jan. 15 through Feb. 5, 2017, at the Leepa-Rattner Museum at St. Petersburg College, 600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689.

Quackers Win Honorable Mention

quackers_melinda_fabian_paperI was honored to receive Honorable Mention in the Sculpture category for my 3-D paper sculpture titled Quackers at the 2016 Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C.’s 83rd Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature.

The miniature art show will be on display through Dec. 31, 2016 at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852. If you are in the area, I hope you will stop in to see the miniature art show.

 

 

 

 

Support Your Local Artists

melinda_fabianharford_artists_galleryLooking for that perfect gift? Your local art gallery may be just the place to find it! Many galleries are often filled with art made by artists in your very own town. You can find beautiful works of ar, including watercolors, pastels, oils paintings, sculptures – in many different styles, from realistic to abstract– in a wide price range to fit into different budgets.

Many artists will also print their art work on note cards or sell prints of their work. Not looking for a painting to hang on the wall this season? That’s OK, your local gallery probably has a jewelry artist, ceramic artist, woodworker, and perhaps a fabric designer specializing in creating beautiful women’s scarves. You never know what kind of treasures you will find until you stop in!

melinda_fabian_havre_de_grace_holiday_galleryVisiting your local gallery is also a nice way to learn more about your favorite artist. Many times, the artists also work at the galleries, so you can meet them in person. It is a nice way to learn the artist’s story – why they are interested in creating that type of art work, how they got their start and what process they go through to create their art work.

There’ still plenty of time to visit your local art gallery to find that perfect handmade gift made by one of the artists in your community. Happy Shopping!

My Art Work can be seen at the following locations:

Paper Critters: Paper Sculpture by Melinda Fabian

Here are a couple photos from my solo exhibition at the gallery at the Havre de Grace Library in Havre de Grace, Md. My exhibition, which includes 26 paper sculpture pieces, shows a wide range of what can be done with just a simple piece of paper — from a paper silhouette giraffe to the complex shaping and forming of a 3-D iguana. The complex 3-D realistic paper sculptures seamlessly blend hand-sculpted paper elements painted in watercolor and gouache to create one-of-a-kind art pieces.

The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 14, 2016.

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Have you checked out your local art gallery?

Colorful_ButterfliesIf you are looking for something fun to do in your local area, check out your local artist gallery. Attend one of the receptions and meet talented artists right in your own area.

These galleries rely on their community to help support their endeavors. Consider joining your local gallery and help support your fellow artists. Even if you don’t want to exhibit your art in the gallery, there are plenty of other ways you can participate in the group.

Many local art associations also bring in professional speakers to teach or demonstrate during their meetings. It is a way to get out of your studio and meet someone else that you automatically have something in common with, and even find a little inspiration.

My area has several small galleries, and I have been to several of the openings at different galleries. I look forward to checking out more of them in the upcoming months.

Shopping Spree!

DickBlick2Earlier this week I went on a fun shopping spree at Dick Blick, where I picked up some more art supplies. My winnings included a new cover for my drawing table, watercolor paints, brush, watercolor paper and a new sketch book. Now is a good time to clean off my messy desk, clean out my paint trays and put that brand new cover on my drawing table!