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Upcoming Exhibit

EXQUISITE MINIATURES BY WES AND RACHELLE SIEGRIST

miniature art
Dog commission in progress by Rachelle Siegrist

July 9 to August 22

Wes and Rachelle Siegrist are an American husband and wife team who mesmerize viewers with miniature paintings so exquisitely crafted that they are often mistaken for tiny photographs.  Their tiny treasures, as collectors often refer to them, typically measure less than 9 square inches and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification!  A hallmark of their work is their ability to convey the feeling of a larger canvass or the essence of the natural world in miniature. 

Wes and Rachelle Siegrist are members of the Miniature Artists of America, the

Miniature Art  Society of Florida, the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C., the Cider Painters of America, and the Hilliard Society of England.  They are the authors of the world’s first standard definition of miniature art adopted by the Association of Miniaturist Artists.  Small wonder, therefore, that the Siegrists have been referred to as “World Ambassadors for Miniature Art.” 

EXQUISITE MINIATURES consists of fifty signature paintings including landscapes, portraits, still lifes, wildlife, and other subjects by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist.  The exhibition is accompanied by a book of the same title about Wes and  Rachelle Siegrist and their art, with an introduction by David  J. Wagner.

EXQUISITE MINIATURES BY WES AND RACHELLE SIEGRIST premiered at the prestigious R.W. Norton Art Gallery, in Shreveport, LA from May 4 through July 25, 2010.  The NortonArtGallery is home to one of the great museum miniature collections in the United StatesEXQUISITE MINIATURES is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., with company President, David J. Wagner, Ph.D., serving as Curator/Tour Director.

Artist website: https://www.artofwildlife.com
For further information contact:
David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director
EXQUISITE MINIATURES TOUR OFFICE
David J. Wagner, L.L.C.
Email: davidjwagnerllc@yahoo.com
website: davidjwagnerllc.com
 

Brian Hutchinson
Artwork by Brian Hutchinson

Transmogrifications: New Work by Brian Hutchinson
July 9 to August 22

Artist Statement:
I believe that art should engage emotion, foster imagination, and challenge people to think more deeply about existence.  The violent and often self-destructive nature of humanity suggests that we have lost connection with our frailty.  This urges me to consider an aesthetic that highlights the precarious balance of human survival.  I am most enthralled with art that stimulates me in a visceral, emotional, and physically effective way.  I am interested in the nervous energy that courses through the threatened mind and how to create power in a work of art through its ability to access the nervous system.  Because the most common triggers of this sensation have to do with sublimation, self-preservation, and the employment of shock; contemporary artists have favored a loud, clear, but often too simple or empty approach.  I challenge viewers by engaging in an abstraction of symbol, a slight obfuscation, arrived at through supple draftsmanship.  Through intensive research concerning various projects relating to themes of frailty, biological equilibrium, and survival I produce work to grasp my audience’s attention with a bold aesthetic and harbor it with curious juxtapositions of codified information. 
website: https://brianhutchinsonportfolio.weebly.com
 

For more information about the Shafer Art Gallery contact Gallery Director Dave Barnes at barnesd@bartonccc.edu