Tuesday, February 7, 2012

News - Now Signature Member of Miniature Artists of America!

I received a phone call from the Vice President, P.R. of the Miniature Art Society of Flordia, Kay Petryszak, who is also President of the Miniature Artists of America, (MAA).  I have been selected to become a MAA Signature Member!  I didn't know I was in the Candidates Circle!  To become a candidate there are a number of things that have to happen and I must have done them.  I thank all the jurors for voting me in!  It is such an honor to be in this outstanding organization.

The MAA has a traveling show for educational purposes that I will be submitting one of my works to be in when the show changes.  The show is for educational purposes and available at no cost to museums and gallerys for exhibit.  There is more information on their website about the traveling show here: MAA Traveling Exhibit.  I saw the MAA show last year when it was on exhibit along with the Miniature Art Society of Florida show.  The work was exquisite!  To think that one of my works will be included is beyond fantastic!

I have just finished a new miniature painting, and I'll post it after it's varnished.  I have many new works that I need to do for the upcoming shows, so I may not be very active here.  Until then, my next show in March will be the 2012 Annual Miniature and Small Painting Show at Gallery North in Edmonds, where I'll be submitting my three Wood Nymph Fairies.  I will have more information on the show coming soon.  

On another note...We've had some beautiful weather so on Saturday we went to the Nature Conservancy event at Port Susan Bay Preserve to see the eagles.  The land at Port Susan Bay is not usually open so it was a real treat to walk around the wetlands trail and look through the viewing stations that were set up.  Then on Sunday we drove to British Columbia to see the snowy owls.  We were NOT disappointed!  They were beautiful and close enough to photograph.  It was an amazing site.  We also saw a great variety of birds over the weekend, northern harriers, eagles (mature and sub-adult), short eared owls, many herons, ducks and song birds.  We're new to the birding experience and it's so much fun.  We had a great time hiking, taking photos and enjoying all the beauty and wonder!  I'm sorry I didn't get to meet my fellow blogging friend, Canadian artist, Wendy Mould who was also checking out the snowys, she was there at sunrise.  

Now it's back to catching up on all the domestic things I've put off (ugh) and creating some new miniatures (yay)!  Thank you for taking the time to read about my great news and new adventures. 


Miniature Art by Karen Hull said...

Congratulations Barbara - you are always so humble and yet it comes as no surprise to me that they would want you as a signature member. Your miniatures are unique and exquisite all at once - good for you!!! :)

naoko said...

Hello, Barbara!

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks so much Karen and Naoko.

Clovie Boy said...

Such an honor, congrats!

Tracy Hall said...

Congratulations on your MAA signature membership Barbara! Your trip sounded wonderful too.

Wes and Rachelle Siegrist said...

Congrats Barbara! It was an honor to be one of the jurors selecting your work! Thanks for mentioning the MAA's traveling exhibition. There are still a few open slots for potential venues before this particular exhibition closes. (MAA builds a new one every five years)

Kay is the President of the MAA but she is only the VP of PR for MASF. Unfortunately, MASF is currently without a President and Vice-President.


Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thank you Sue and Tracy!
Thank you Wes and Rachelle. I have made the correction on my blog. It's all so exciting!

Wendy Mould said...

Congratulations, that is wonderful. Your wood nymphs are amazing pictures so not surprised they picked you. Good work. Sorry we missed you as well but glad to hear you had a good trip.

DEB said...

Well deserved Barbara! I remember a few years ago, when I saw your work in person for the first time, at The Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda. The internet is okay, but really, yours is work that is so much more spectacular in person.