L>M: Small works in a great space

Less_is_More Friday night, I attended the Artist’s Reception for their L>M (Less is More) miniature art show at the Mitchell Gallery in Annapolis, MD.  The weather was gorgeous, the art was amazing, and the food was delicious. It was refreshing to see so many people attending this event.

The show consists of 269 works of art from 185 artists. The show had a wide variety of art – paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, sculpture, and jewelry. Realistic or abstract-there was something for everyone to enjoy and to be a part of. One of the most important stipulations to the show was that the artwork could not be any larger than 8” x 10” x 4”. I also think it’s great that the proceeds from this event will support other educational programs at Mitchell Gallery. It is a nice way to give back to the community.

Two of my watercolor paper sculpture illustrations titled; “Seahorse Surprise” and “Summer in the Meadow” were selected to be a part of the exhibition.  As an artist, it is very exciting to see your work hanging up in a gallery amongst your peers.  It was a pleasure to create my paintings and my hope is that visitors to the gallery will also see and feel the same excitement I do, and hopefully make them smile.

The other nice thing about this show, like many gallery exhibits today, is that you can view the entire exhibit online.  For those that live too far away to see the show in person, it is a nice alternative.Here is a fun tip to keep in mind when checking out any online exhibit. Be sure to check out the actual size of the art. Depending on your computer monitor, it may give you the impression that the painting is huge! But the reality is, it is quite small.

Mitchell-Gallery_Melinda_FaFor example, when viewing my “Seahorse Surprise” paper sculpture illustration online, it looks much larger than actual size  The outside frame measurements are 5” x 7”, but the actual image area itself is only about 2.5” x 3”. This is exactly the type of thing that makes it even more amazing when you realize how small the artist’s original artwork is.

Of course, sometimes the opposite is true. I am sure we have all experienced that as well. When visiting a famous painting or sculpture in your art history book or online it seems grand, and when you finally get to visit a museum, you realize it is a lot larger or smaller than you anticipated.

If you live in the area, or are visiting Maryland or the Washington DC area, I hope you will take the time to visit the Less is More exhibit at the Mitchell Gallery. It is well worth your time. After all, who doesn’t like checking out new art work–new ideas, and a new way to look at things through someone else’s eyes. Plus, it gives us something new to talk about and be inspired by!

Less is More
Small works in a great space

The Mitchell Gallery – St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD
May 28-June 15, 2014


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