Small Talk Archive: June 2017

Miniature Masterworks: Gail St. Clair

Gail St. Clair was introduced to miniatures on a childhood trip to see Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle in Chicago. She was also taught to crochet by an aunt. She combined the two in the 1990s after receiving a 1:12 scale doll whose clothes she believed she could improve. She now uses a vintage, size 18 crochet hook and 100 weight silk sewing thread for her projects.

St. Clair is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

Miniature Masterworks: Leslie Smith

Originally a full-scale painter, Leslie Smith transferred his full-scale painting training to miniature in 1993. He enjoys finding new paintings to work on during trips with his wife to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and The National Gallery, London. Smith enjoys late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century artists, as well as sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Dutch paintings, and the Hudson River School.

Smith is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017. He will be giving a gallery talk about his work in the T/m collection and the inspiration behind it on September 16 at 2:30pm.

Miniature Masterworks: Henny Staring-Egberts

Since 2000, Henny Staring-Egberts has been focused on creating 1:12 scale miniature ceramic pieces inspired by sixteenth- and nineteenth-century delft, Chinese, and Japanese porcelain. Staring-Egberts trained at the Willem de Kooning Academy of Arts in Rotterdam and has a lifelong love for moden art, which is sometimes expressed in her miniature ceramic work.

Staring-Egberts is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

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