Monday, May 8, 2017

The 26th Annual International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Art Gallery

My two works, Sylvan Slippers and When the Night Comes, are both in the 26th Annual International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC.  If you can't make it in person to see the show, it is also happening online now! Each year the show exhibits around 550-600 works of miniature art by talented artists from all around the globe. Some of the world’s most renowned miniature artists participate each year! This show has a wonderful variety of fine art miniatures!

**Sylvan Slippers, and When the Night Comes
© Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"
Both works are from the Wood Nymphs and Other Curiosities Series.

You can view my two works in the show on Seaside Art Gallery's webpage here, (scroll down).  I love the presentation of the entire show online. Seaside is a very organized and professionally run gallery.  Seaside Art Gallery is one of the largest galleries in the Southeast with 55 years of excellence and reputed customer service.

*When the Night Comes © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Seaside Art Gallery's show is one of the top five national miniature shows that you can see in person and online. This year the juror is Mary Serfass, artist and owner of, The Snow Goose Gallery located in the heart of Historic Bethlehem, PA.   The Snow Goose Gallery also hosts it's own miniature art show every year.

*Sylvan Slippers  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

The exhibition runs: May 6th - June 3rd,
The gallery location: 2716 South Virginia Dare Trail in Nags Head NC. (map)
Toll-free number: 800-828-2444.
The Artists Reception: May 27th 7 - 9 PM.
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet many of the artists and see the award winners. Refreshments will be served. The reception is open to the public and is free to attend.

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. Not only will you be able to click on the work to see an enlarged view, 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 which 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 the artwork online! Collectors are buying pieces as they come into the gallery. You can purchase them before the show opens. When the show is over, the gallery will send your purchase to you, with free shipping in the USA. How easy is that! Miniature art is often referred to as "the little jewels of the art world" and enjoys continued growth in popularity worldwide. All beautiful jewels, they'd make the perfect gift for MOM! I hope if you are in the area, you will go see this great show!

As always, I thank you for taking the time to read about my work and the shows I am participating in. If you are one of my collectors, I thank you for your support!  Happy Mother's Day!

**I am happy to say both of these works have been SOLD!

Friday, March 31, 2017

A Safe Haven - Twitter Art Exhibit - Stratford upon Avon UK - April 1st


A Safe Haven © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.
 4 3/4"6 1/4" - (16x12 cm)  Graphite on Paper

Back in November I got some new paper to try out around the same time I saw the "call to artists" for the Twitter Art Exhibit. The call was for a postcard size original art, image only requiring no framing.  It was for the charity, Molly Olly's Wishes and was being held in Stratford upon Avon in the UK. (map) I worked on the drawing, liked the way it turned out and sent it off.  Because of this, several new things occurred.  I opened a twitter account, I tried out new paper, I sent my work to the UK, and I donated a work to a good cause!  It was fun and though larger than my usual miniatures, done in the same style I usually work.  The drawing I sent was, A Safe Haven.  The exhibit wall my postcard is on can be see here...A Safe Haven.  There are 1024 cards by artists from 62 countries in the show! I'm excited to be a part of this!

TwitterArtExhibit happens every year and is held in different countries for different charities.  Their motto is, “Through art we can change the world.”

#TwitterArtExhibit utilizes social media and public engagement to generate income for charities and nonprofit organizations.
• Artists worldwide donate postcard-sized, handmade original artwork to the #TAE17.
TwitterArtExhibit organizes a local, physical showcasing of the art.
• The public is invited to buy the art at an affordable, flat price.
• 100% of proceeds go to the charity.
• This provides artists with new exhibition opportunities, new audiences and benefactors, and appeals to art enthusiasts all over the world.
• It’s fun!

Opening Night Preview  - April 1st in Stratford upon Avon.  ALL the proceeds from the sale of the cards go directly to the charity. If you are attending the sale and plan on buying any art, please bring CASH.  (Cost of cards - £30 each of 4 for £100).
This event is FREE. Light refreshments available.

The TAE17 Exhibition will run April 2-19 at The ArtsHouse, 14 Rother Street, Stratford upon Avon. 10:00-4:00.

The charity, Molly Olly’s Wishes supports children with terminal or life threatening illnesses and their families.

The new paper is Stillman and Birn, Zeta Series, a wonderful heavyweight smooth paper.  I really like the way graphite glides across the paper and I can get dark, sharp details.  The paper is easy, the twitter account, not so much!  I'm still learning my way around twitter! I hope if you are in the UK you will check out the show!  

Working on finishing up my miniatures for the Seaside Art Gallery's annual miniature show in North Carolina and working on a larger work for the Art of the Garden show at the Schack in Everett. Thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  Happy Spring!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"Forest Lodge" - Third in Drawing and Pastel, at the 42nd Annual International Miniature Art Society of Florida Show!

This weekend is the opening of the 42nd Annual International Miniature Art Society of Florida Show. This year I sent three entries and I'm happy to say, all three of them were juried in the show! The three works are, Forest Lodge, and two new ones in The Wood Nymph SeriesSylvan Slippers, and Time for Renewal.  I'm even happier to announce that my work,  Forest Lodge was awarded Third Place in Drawing and Pastel!

 © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.
3 5/8" x 3 5/8" Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord

The artwork in this show is always outstanding, created by some of the top artists of Fine Art Miniatures from across the globe! This is why it's such an honor to receive an award!  It's thrilling also because this work was done in graphite and was competing along with beautiful colored pencil work and pastels!  So nice having my little mostly black and white work get noticed!  This show is the largest Miniature Art Show in the USA and there are hundreds of entries from across the globe!

Forest Lodge © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.
3 5/8" x 3 5/8" Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord
 Third Place in Drawing and Pastel


Sylvan Slippers © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.
3 5/8" x 3 5/8" Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord


Time for Renewal © Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.
3 5/8" x 3 5/8" Graphite and Mixed Media on Claybord

The 2017 MASF Exhibition will be held at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art (LRMA).  There are approximately 800 works of art in the show, including the society’s permanent collection of more than 100 miniatures. The museum is located at 600 E Klosterman Rd, Tarpon Springs, FL . (map)
The show runs from  January 15th - February 5th.  There is a Collectors Preview on Saturday, January 14th - 10AM to 5PM with the Artists Reception following at 5:30.  Sunday is the Awards Brunch at Bon Appetit Restaurant, 9AM-12PM.  Sunday, January 15 is the Public Opening, from 1PM-5PM.

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Thank you for taking the time to read about my work.  I am currently working on new pieces for the miniature shows in the spring, so do check back.  Please "like" my page on Facebook, B Free Studios.  Happy 2017!