Wednesday, January 21, 2009

MASF Miniature Show Opening Weekend

Dear family friends, Donna, David, and Ilda Littell attended the opening (Donna & David are pictured with me here).  Ilda brought two enthusiastic friends along, and it was great to see all of them at the show.

Late nite fun at Bon Apetit on Saturday after a lovely party for the artists at Dunedin Fine Art Center. ( l-r) Wes Siegrist, Bill Mundy, Herb Weed, Helen Hause, me, Carol Curtiss, Rachelle Siegrist

The mini-ribbon cutting ceremony officially opens the show, & always brings smiles!

The miniature paintings are displayed in groups on panels that fill two large gallery rooms. This is the panel that holds my three miniatures.  Hanging beside each panel is a magnifying 
glass with which to admire the detail in each miniature painting.  The MASF permanent collection is also on display in a separate corridor adjoining the two gallery rooms.

standing here with five talented artists whose work I admire (see their miniatures via the links on my list at right), l-r, Roz Pierson, Wes and Rachelle Siegrist, Bill Mundy, & Dana Thompson. 
 Roz and Bill came all the way from England for the festivities.

President Emeritus, Social Chair, and volunteer who never quits, Carol Curtiss, is my dear friend standing with me here.

It is always a great pleasure for me whenever I have the opportunity to go down to Florida for the opening weekend of the Miniature Art Society of Florida show.  Here are some photos to provide you a birdseye view of the fabulous time I had there!  A special note of thanks to all of you from MASF who work so very hard all year long to make it so special for the artists in attendance!

This year's show includes 823 miniature paintings by 240 participating artists from all over the world.  An Iranian artist, Hossen Fallahi, even submitted his five entries on camel bone.  It's the traditional Persian surface for miniature painting.


Anonymous said...

Great photos Mona! It was such a joy to spend time with you again and bask in the inspiration of all the miniature works of fine art.

I hope to add the MASF award images to their website soon as well as some of the candid shots from the enjoyable weekend.

Keep up the wonderful work with your miniature art!

Love, Wes & Rachelle

Mona Diane Conner said...

Thanks Wes & Rachelle, it was so great to see you, and I am enjoying very much reading and looking over your new book on your miniature paintings, "Exquisite Miniatures." Congratulations again on your awards, and the wonderful achievement of this book!

artbyakiko said...

This is so awesome!! Again Congratulations Mona!
It's my dream to be able to do miniatures as good as you do. Keep up the good work.

Mona Diane Conner said...

Akiko, you are very kind, but it is me who is trying to catch up to you with those gorgeous cat paintings of yours! Are you entering miniature competitions? I feel your work would be very well-received, and I hope to see you in next year's MASF show.

Edward Burton said...

VERY nice, Mona!

Debra Keirce said...

This is really interesting! I live in VA, and we don't have any miniature art societies to my knowledge. I enjoy painting aceos, but have never used a magnifier...I should get one! I hope you don't mind if I follow your blog. I found you because Akiko tagged you today.

Mona Diane Conner said...

Deb, I'm happy to have anyone follow this blog and I hope that anyone will feel free to ask whatever questions they like, since questions help me know better what information to share.