HANCEVILLE, Ala. – The Evelyn Burrow Museum at Wallace State Community College welcomes EXQUISITE MINIATURES, an exhibition of miniature paintings by Wes and Rachelle Siegrest, on campus this spring from February through April. Free entry.
EXQUISITE MINIATURES consists of fifty iconic 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 on Wes and Rachelle Siegrist and their art, with an introduction by David J. Wagner.
Miniature art has a long tradition in the history of art. The miniature portrait, which became popular among elites in Renaissance Europe, could be seen as a predecessor to photography, an easily transportable and intimate keepsake of a loved one. However, the tradition includes illuminated manuscripts and other paintings, prints and even very small sculptures. It was also a form used at the time in Asia. Miniature painters could render entire epic scenes onto a palm-sized canvas using brushes that could consist of a single hair.
“We are thrilled to present this unique exhibition representing a contemporary approach to an important tradition in art history,” said Kristen Holmes, Trustee of the Burrow Museum. Magnifying glasses will be available for close inspection of the artworks in the museum, or patrons are welcome to bring their own.
Wes and Rachelle Siegrist are an American husband-and-wife team that mesmerizes viewers with miniature paintings so well-crafted they’re often mistaken for tiny photographs. Their tiny treasures, as collectors often call them, typically measure less than nine inches square and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification. A hallmark of their work is their ability to convey the feeling of a larger canvas 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, DC, 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 Miniature Artists. It’s no wonder, then, that the Siegrists have been called “the world’s ambassadors of miniature art”.
EXQUISITE MINIATURES BY WES AND RACHELLE SIEGRIST was first premiered at the prestigious RW Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA, home to one of the largest collections of museum miniatures in the United States in 2010, and has toured extensively throughout the years that followed. EXQUISITE MINIATURES is produced by David J. Wagner, LLC, with company president David J. Wagner, Ph.D. serving as curator/tour director.
The Evelyn Burrow Museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Please check the website for more details and special opening hours at burrowmuseum.org.