Visiting The Mansion At Strathmore

On Nov. 19 I had the opportunity to attend the opening reception for two art shows — both at The Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md.The first show, Large Scale: Miniature Artists Go Big, is on the main floor of the Mansion. The 84th International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature is located on the second floor. What impressive shows — both of them!

I have four 3D paper sculpture pieces, including Hanging Out At the Beach, Paper Shells, In the Jungle and Mr. Rooster, that are part of the large scale exhibition. In the miniature show, I have one small rabbit named Hopscotch on display. Hopscotch is so small he fits under a glass dome and wooden base measures 3.25” high by 2.75”.

The oldest miniature art society in the United States, Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C., has their annual show at the Mansion at Strathmore. This year, miniature artists were invited to also display their larger pieces during the same time frame. So this was a real treat to be able to see so many of the miniature artists also showing their large-scale pieces. What an exciting contrast!

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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:

Upcoming Art Showings

This month, I’d also like to share with you several galleries which are currently showing my art:

1.) Howard County Art Council
October 31-December 12, 2014-10-26
Reception: November 7, 6-8pm

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2.)Fells Point Art Gallery
I won 2nd Place in the Mixed Media Category for my art work titled, Seaside Treasures.
31st Annual National Miniature Art Exhibition
October 1st to November 2nd
The Art Gallery of Fells Point in Baltimore, MD

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3.) 81st Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature at the Mansion
Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD
November 23, 2014 to January 4, 2015

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