Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MPSGS Show and Honorable Mention Award

I'm doing the happy dance that all three of my entries were accepted in the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society (MPSGS) of Washington D. C. for their upcoming show in November!  Doing the even happier dance that my entry, Capturing the Glow was awarded an Honorable Mention!

Capturing the Glow  © Barbara A. Freeman M.A.A.
Graphite and Mixed Media  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Capturing the Glow  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"  Graphite on Claybord
Smooching  1 3/4" x 2 3/4"  Acrylic
Sure Signs of Autumn  3 5/8" x 3 5/8"  Acrylic
© Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.

My three works, Capturing the GlowSure Signs of Autumn and Smooching will be in the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society's 81st Annual International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature.  The show is held in The Mansion at the Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD.  They are open, Weekdays 10-4 • Wed. 10-9 • Sat. 10-3 (closed Sun. and Holidays).  The Exhibition Opening is Sunday, November 23rd, 2014, 2 to 4.  The show runs November 23rd through January 5th 2015.  This years Judge is Linda Rossin, Professional Artist.  If you are in the area, this is a beautiful venue and a show not to miss.  These tiny treasures make great holiday gifts!

THE SPIRIT OF A MINIATURE (Taken from the prospectus)
This unique art form, based on a minute scale, traces its roots back to the book paintings and illuminated manuscripts set in the 7th century.  A work of fine art in miniature is a particularly personal object that draws the viewer into an intimate, concentrated little world that is breathtaking in its execution.  Every single detail is miniaturized – the scale of the subject matter, the brush or pencil strokes – so that only with high magnification can one behold the immaculate details of the artist's technique which may include stippling, hatching or pointillism.  These techniques are a specialized means of producing a perfect balance of color and detail in a series of thinly applied layers of exquisite color intended to reflect light. The miniatures show a high standard of design and the artist’s mastery of the chosen media and palette.

A quick note to say I was surprised to find I was awarded a Merit Award for my work, Afghan Kitty at the 36th Annual Arts of the Terrace, Mountlake Terrace. On another note, I'm sorry to say I will not be submitting work to the Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF) show this year.  This is the first time since I've first enter the show that I've not been able to send work.  Alas, I knew this could happen last year when I was not able to be in my studio.  But family came first and that is the way it has to be.  I'm just glad that I'm back in my studio now!  Things work out and you move forward.  As always, thank you for taking the time to read about my work.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

36th Annual Arts of the Terrace, Mountlake Terrace

Autumn is here officially, and it's time for the 36th Annual Arts of the Terrace Festival in Mountlake Terrace! I am so happy to say that all the works I submitted for the show were juried in! My four in the Miniature category are, Crow and CloverAfghan KittyPatience and The Hunter. My new drawing, Outside In, was also selected in the Drawing, Painting and Prints category! I always look forward to this show and this year, they've added new hanging panels that accentuate the artwork and new lighting that really makes the colors pop! 

Crow and Clover , Graphite and Colored Pencil, 2 1/4" x 3 1/4"
 Afghan Kitty, Acrylic, 2" x 2"  (Merit Award)
Patience , Acrylic, 3 1/2" x 2 5/8"
 The Hunter , Acrylic, 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"
© Barbara A. Freeman, M.A.A.

Outside In  © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Metal Leaf on Claybord  10" x 8"

Detail of Outside In  © Barbara A. Freeman

Outside In  Framed © Barbara A. Freeman
Graphite and Metal Leaf on Claybord  10" x 8"

The show runs from September 27th through October 5th, at the Mountlake Terrace Library Complex, 23300 58th Ave. W. in Mountlake Terrace. (map) There will be an Artists and Patrons Preview, on September 26, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, with an Awards Ceremony at 7:30pm. The show will be open to the public starting September 27th - October 5, 2014.  Hope you get a chance to see the show.

Library Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday, October 5, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Finally!  I'm so excited to be back making my art and participating in shows once again.  It's been a very busy year with a lot of family changes, a lot of physical and emotional work, as well as moving house!  During that time, it was very difficult to make art and stay focused.  Now that I am back in my studio working, I feel so much better.  My work is my meditation and focus, and I'm very happy to be back to creating!

 In addition to the Mountlake Terrace Show, I have submitted work to the Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society show coming up in November and will be submitting work to the Miniature Art Society of Florida,  for their show in January 2015. I'll be back blogging and posting my new work and the shows I'm in as soon as they happen.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my work and the shows I'm participating in.  I apologize for the long absence, but sometimes life happens and you need to change direction.  I'm happy I have my art to come back to.