November 22-December 31
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Just in time for the holidays, Evergreen Fine Art unveils its fourth annual Miniature Masterpieces invitational show, featuring 60 established regional and national artists who present paintings and sculptures measuring no more than 120 square inches. The show opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 22, and runs through December 31. “The opening is always exciting because a lot of the artists turn out, so it’s a fun event for our collectors to mingle with artists they may not have had the chance to meet in the past,” says Doug Kacena, the gallery’s director of exhibitions. “Many of the artists even travel from out of state,” adds gallery co-owner Barbara Hadley.
As usual, the show features works by top artists, both gallery and guest, in a variety of subject matter, mediums, and styles. This year’s gallery artists include sculptors Karryl, Rosetta, and Pati Stajcar and painters Mitch Baird, Leon Loughridge, Lindsey Bittner Graham, Robert Hagberg, Eric Jacobsen, Rodgers Naylor, Gary Kim, Susiehyer, Michael Untiedt, and Jake Gaedtke. Guest artists include Quang Ho, Timothy Horn, Jeff Legg, Carol Jenkins, Kit Mahoney, and John Poon. “This is a great opportunity for a beginning collector, because all the work is from nationally renowned artists, but since they are miniature pieces, you get a great variety—from still life to western to landscapes to wildlife art—and they’re at more obtainable prices as well,” Kacena says.
Many of the artists have participated in the show in the past, but there are also several artists who are new to the show this year. Kelli Folsom is an up-and-coming still-life painter who recently joined the gallery’s impressive roster of artists. “[Folsom] provides us with some outstanding work, so we’re really happy to include her this year,” Kacena says. “She’s a great new find, and we’re so pleased to have her at the gallery and in this show for the first time,” adds Hadley. Another artist new to the show this year is Robert Spooner, who won the collector’s choice award at the gallery’s Weekend in the West show back in June.
Each artist displays two new pieces in the show, for a total of 120 works on display. Two of Kacena’s favorite pieces are Edward Aldrich’s BLACK BEAR PORTRAIT and Pem Dunn’s RIVER ROCKS. “Although we do not have all of our images yet, Quang Ho’s work is always stunning, and Robert Spooner has been producing some incredible work using his newly dubbed ‘scrape and shape’ technique,” Kacena adds.
The whole team at the gallery is enthusiastic about the fourth annual show. “The title Miniature Masterpieces is apt because the artists really provide us with their very best work,” says gallery co-owner Phil Shanley. “The show has quickly gained popularity and success because our collectors know they can count on seeing high-quality work from high-caliber artists,” he adds. Kacena echoes these sentiments: “The work seems to get better each year, and this year it’s stronger than ever,” he says.
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