Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Art of the Miniature XVI; Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA.

16th Annual Invitational Miniature Art Exhibition

The following three paintings are a sampling of the ones I've sent along to Pennsylvania. (The penny is shown below so that you might see the relative size of the works.)

Chesapeake Bay oil on panel 2.5” by 3.5”

Our travels this year included a trip to Maryland and Chesapeake Bay, and while there, I noticed the unusual Maryland state flag. It displays the Calvert/Culver coat of arms--one of my ancestor families who came from the Northeastern United States in the late 1700’s. Purportedly, (my several times-great-) grandfather Jabez was the chaplain for George Washington’s army. Of course I had to put this flag in my painting.

Evening in the Smokies oil on panel 2.5” by 3.5”

We travelled through Pennsylvania on our way home. To me, the Smoky Mountains have a very ancient feel and a somewhat mysterious aura—I could almost imagine Jabez making his way north. I am sure conditions were very primitive at the time.

A Marvellous Bean oil on panel 2.5” by 3.5”

In keeping with that theme, I also did a painting of an antique coffee grinder. I expect that real coffee was a luxury in those days. As I was painting I marvelled at the care and pride taken to build this simple kitchen implement—dovetailed joints and extravagant detail in the cast iron reservoir.

This show runs from April 27 to June 7, 2008. The address of the Snow Goose Gallery is 470 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA.
Cheers, Judy

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