February 28, 2019
Art should be accessible. Art should be for everyone. And it definitely is at the Miniature Art Show, hosted by Rosette Studios.
You can get a sneak peek at the show, and build your art collection, Feb. 28 from 6-9 p.m. The show runs through April.
“Rosette Studios has hosted the Mini Art Show three years, but it goes back several years before,” Bridget Koonce, co-owner of Rosette Studios, said. “We always have over 100 artists participate. This year we are on track to have almost 200.”
It’s an art show with a purpose beyond increasing access to original works of art.
“All artwork sells for $5, making it inexpensive to start an art collection,” Koonce said. “We raise money for charity each year,” Koonce said. “This year we are raising money for PAWS Pet Pantry.”
The pantry’s mission is to help people with pet food in Springfield. Their clients include people who are homeless, low-income, terminally ill or experiencing health difficulties, and senior citizens.
PAWS Pet Pantry also works to educate pet owners on how to better take care of their animals. That includes stressing the importance of rabies vaccinations and spaying or neutering pets. Their priority is keeping animals with their owners and out of pet shelters and rescues.
What does “miniature” art mean? Each piece is 3 inches-by-3 inches or smaller — the size of a Post-it Note. All art in the show is two-dimensional, like drawings, paintings and fiber art. They will hang on a grid inside Rosette Studios for easy viewing.
There will be no three-dimensional art in this show. Rosette Studios will host a companion show in the summer for miniature sculpture art.
Some 100 artists participated in last year’s show, creating nearly 1,000 pieces of original art. More than 150 artists signed up for this year’s show. Those artists — all of them local — represent a wide range of artistic experience.
“We welcome everyone to participate regardless of age or background in art,” Koonce said. “We have everyone from children to professional artists enter the show.”
The Miniature Art Show opens with a special preview party Feb. 28, from 6-9 p.m. Your $5 admission fee gets you a sneak preview of the exhibit, a meet-and-greet with artists, snacks and drinks, and a chance to buy artwork. Some artists sell out fast, so don’t miss this chance to buy early.
Tickets are available in advance through 417 Tix. You can also pay at the door.
Rosette Studios will keep the exhibit up through March and April, with no admission fee. Their hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
A closing reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, from 6-9 p.m. All artwork will go on sale for half price at the reception. The prices will stay at $2.50 until the show ends down April 29.