- Minute in scale versus life-sized: Subject matter is generally 1/6th the scale of the actual.
- Exquisitely detailed: Delicate and painstaking technique withstands magnification.
- Small in format and size: 25 square inches or less, which will approximately fit in your hand.
- High in quality: The work exemplifies Fine Art, demonstrating a mastery of composition, color, values, etc.
Miniature Fine Arts Show begins July 14
Friday, July 6, 2012 11:00 PM by Amanda Miller
What gained popularity at the court of King Henry VIII continues this month in Hendricks County: a celebration of miniature fine art. Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana, will host its sixth annual juried Miniature Fine Art Show beginning July 14. So what exactly separates miniature art from a small piece? I visited the gallery and talked with owner Laura Tesdahl to find out. Exquisite detail, even under magnification Artistic Designs Gallery’s annual show actually plays a role in art history, because it helped incite discussion among the miniature art community about establishing standard guidelines for what constitutes “miniature art.” In the earlier years, requirements for acceptance into the Brownsburg show related most to the piece’s size and less about the technique or subject matter. But the artists knew that key details differ between small-sized and truly miniature art. They founded the Association of Miniature Artists and established these guidelines for miniature art: