Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Seaside Gallery's Miniature Show and New Work

Patience © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on Illustration Board 3 1/2" x 2 5/8"
Undaunted © Barbara A. Freeman
Acrylic on Illustration Board 2" x 2"

Moonbathing © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Film 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

It must be spring because it's that time again for Seaside Art Gallery's 21st Annual International Miniature Art Show in Nags Head, North Carolina. This great show is a favorite of mine. I love the presentation of the entire show online. Seaside is a very organized and well run gallery.  Not only can you click on the work and it will enlarge, but if you click on the details, it tells you the artist's name and where they're from.  There is also a thumbnail of the work in it's frame that you can click on for an enlarged framed view. The clarity of the image is perfect AND you can put it in your cart and buy it online!  My work was posted online Monday morning and by around noon, I was checking on it for the link and was surprised to see that Moonbathing had already sold!!  That made my day!  Just click on Patience, Undaunted or Moonbathing to see my work on Seaside's online gallery.

Another happy event is Gina Ballew, my daughter, also has two of her mosaic works in the show.  It's her first out of state show!  Her two beautiful works,  Awaiting Spring's Arrival and The Snake Doctor can been seen by clicking on the titles or you can read about them on her blog, Pink Chicken Mosaics.  This is the first show we both have work in together!  I'm really pleased she took the plunge and put her work out there!  You can view all the work in this fabulous miniature art show on their website at, Seaside Art Gallery Miniature Art Show.

This is Seaside Art Gallery's 51st Anniversary in the original location of the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina.  This show is one of the top five national miniature shows in person and online.  The exhibition runs from April 28th through June 2nd,  2012. The online exhibition starts upon arrival of each artist’s work.  When the artwork arrives in the gallery, it is examined, measured, photographed and posted.  Each year, this nationally acclaimed miniature show exhibits approximately 600 works of art by artists from all around the globe. Some of the world’s most renowned miniature artists participate each year. Miniature art is often referred to as "the little jewels of the art world" and enjoys continued growth in popularity worldwide. Wish I could be there to see it in person! I hope if you are in the area, you will go see this great show!  Seaside Art Gallery, 2716 Virginia Dare Trail South, Nags Head, NC 252.441.5418 or 800.828.2444

My new works, Patience and Undaunted were painted in acrylic on Illustration Board.  The heron was from our outing that we took to Boundary Bay, BC (to see the Snowy Owls). The snail was from a hike we took at the Boulder River Wilderness AreaMoonbathing is from my series, Wood Nymphs and Other Curiosities.

On another note, I'll have more new work and show announcements to post soon.  I have been really busy creating enough new work for all the spring show deadlines.  It's been difficult to keep up with the demands of not only creating the work, but also all the other things that go into making it a finished piece of art ready for show.  Then add all the social media to keep up with in promoting that work!  In March we traveled by train to visit my in-laws in Indiana.  They are still insisting on living independently in their own home but have become more frail.  We do worry about them, so we are trying to visit often.  To all my blogger friends, I do read about all your new work and shows, but I don't always get to reply.  You are all an inspiration!  Until next time, I thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Happy Spring!


Clovie Boy said...

More beautiful work, Barbara! And congrats on your sale! Good luck to you and your daughter.

I haven't done much work lately. I'm trying to get something ready for the Parklane show.

Wendy Mould said...

OMG Barb, I was exhausted just reading your blog, lots happening shows, your daughter (how exciting) your family. As usually we artists come out of a quiet winter with a bang, shows everywhere and life happening as well. Good luck with everything. Your pictures by the way are great.

Doreen Cross said...

Love these pieces. Congratulations on the sale and Best wishes to your daughter. WOW it's all happening and I feel your happiness in your blog.

Karen Hull said...

These are GORGEOUS Barbara. Is acrylic on illustration board something different for you? I know you've done a bit of it lately, but I wasn't sure what you used to do your miniature paintings on. These look fabulous and best of luck at the exhibitions!!! :)

Barbara A. Freeman said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. You are all so kind!

Karen, when I paint in acrylic I use different surfaces. Sometimes gessobord, claybord and illustration board too. The other two I can frame without glass, but using the illustration board, I need a mat and glass. It's a pain to have to use mats and glass, but I can have a much smaller image. The gessobord and claybord only come in 4" x 4".