Were You There?

The 18th century dollhouse at the Van Cortlandt Mansion Museum.

The 18th century dollhouse at the Van Cortlandt Mansion Museum.

The 2015 Guild Show took place earlier this month, and if you were there, you know what a special weekend this event has become. For some attendees, the weekend started on Wednesday, with a day trip to the historic Hudson Valley, taking in an historic home and museum, both of which featured dollhouses and miniatures. For other attendees, a Thursday class began their Guild Show experience, still others kicked off their weekend Thursday evening with dinner at Trecolori, and the Broadway show, An American in Paris.

But everyone was here to shop and many enjoyed sneaking a peak into the dealer room while the dealers were setting up on

Throwing pots with Artisan member and teacher Craig Roberts, aka the Hairy Potter.

Throwing pots with Artisan member and teacher Craig Roberts, aka the Hairy Potter.

Friday before joining the Gathering of the Guild for Desserts and Demonstrations. A couple of tasty bites, while watching the demonstrations in a variety of craft mediums, is a great way to relax with fellow miniaturists and pick up a few tips as well!

The sales room opened

Karon Cunningham brings an assortment of international artists' work with her to the show each year.

Karon Cunningham brings an assortment of international artists’ work with her to the show each year.

Saturday at 9 a.m. with a 1-hour preview for Guild members-one of the perks of IGMA membership, and at 10 a.m., the general public was admitted as well. While the Guild Show will never match the quantity available at the larger shows, it always more than matches the quality, with top-notch dealers and merchandise from artists around the world, including many IGMA Artisan and Fellow

Two of my finds at the show this year, a vignette case from Fellow member Peter Kendall, and a lovely cineraria from Fellow member Michelle Carter of Pepperwood Miniatures, make a marvelous setting for needlework.

Two of my finds at the show this year, a vignette case from Fellow member Peter Kendall, and a lovely cineraria from Fellow member Michelle Carter of Pepperwood Miniatures, make a marvelous setting for needlework.

members. Much as I try not to, most of my profits as a dealer, go into other dealers’ pockets…there is always something I can’t resist!

See more photos of the show in the next issue of the CUBE, and circle August 6th and 7th on your 2016 calendar and make plans to join us next year!

 

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Inspired By the Thorne Rooms?

A ship model shadow box from the Cape Cod Living Room is the project inspiration for the class taught by Steve Jedd.

A ship model shadow box from the Cape Cod Living Room is the project inspiration for the class taught by Steve Jedd.

Its been more than 10 years since I last saw the Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago, but the awe they inspired, still remains with me. Each of those settings successfully blurs the line between reality and make believe…if you saw only a photo of them,

In replicating this Rococco Chimneypiece from the English Bedroom, students will learn the additive process of carving from Alison Ashby.

In replicating this Rococco Chimneypiece from the English Bedroom, students will learn the additive process of carving from Alison Ashby.

you’d never know they were miniatures.

The Guild Study Program being held in Chicago this coming October, will give those in attendance, a chance to see the Thorne Rooms up close and personal, with a guided tour given by Thorne Rooms curator, Mican Morgan. Mican has been the working with and caring for the Thorne Rooms for many years, and will be sharing with program participants, things that the average museum going will never see. Nestled in several of the rooms sit the original inspirations

Students will make a Louis XV settee like this example in the French Boudoir under Nancy Summers experienced tuition.

Students will make a Louis XV settee like this example in the French Boudoir under Nancy Summers experienced tuition.

for the projects the Chicago Study Program participants will be working to replicate. The classes represent a variety of mediums and techniques, with painting, furniture construction and upholstery, model-making and the additive process of

Students in Mary Grady O'Brien's class will be painting decorative boxes like these examples from the American Thorne Rooms.

Students in Mary Grady O’Brien’s class will be painting decorative boxes like these examples from the American Thorne Rooms.

carving, wherein modeling material is used to build up the object you are replicating instead of being cut away. As with most IGMA educational programs, teachers will be IGMA Artisan and Fellow members with many years of teaching experience behind them.

Classes will be held at the Club Quarters Hotel in downtown Chicago and tuition includes 18 hours of instruction, a tour of the Thorne Rooms as well as a walking tour of downtown Chicago, Friday night’s reception and dinner and Monday’s graduation luncheon. Arrangements have been made with the hotel for discounted rooms for program participants, making this the perfect opportunity for a visit to Chicago with a wonderful learning opportunity thrown in for good measure, or vice versa!

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What Else Is There?

Enjoying the free make and take on Sunday at the Guild Show.

Enjoying the free make and take on Sunday at the Guild Show.

There are many reasons to fit the 2015 Guild Show into your travel plans this summer, not least of which is the showroom full of dealers offering wonderful merchandise! There are classes being held in the days leading up to the show and demonstrations by skilled craftspeople along with a free and bountiful dessert buffet the evening before the show opens. The Desserts and Demonstration: Gathering of the Guild is a great time to reconnect with friends

Small Beginnings, the special sales area for young collectors and their budgets.

Small Beginnings, the special sales area for young collectors and their budgets.

and learn something new!

During show hours on Saturday and Sunday, silent auctions will be taking place just outside the showroom, and Saturday just at the close of the show, the live auction will begin, offering special pieces for your collection, most will be one of a kind and made by IGMA Artisan and Fellow members.

As well as a showroom full of dealers for adult collectors, there is Small Beginnings, 3

Live Auction items from 2013.

Live Auction items from 2013.

tables set aside and filled with merchandise for beginning collectors-children under 14. The Small Beginnings sales area is supplied by donations and staffed with volunteers who will help their patrons make choices free from parental influence…and with prices to suitable for their budgets. Sunday afternoon, there will be free craft projects for anyone to enjoy in the Grand Concourse just outside the showroom.

If you’re a Guild member, this gathering is also the location of the Guild’s annual meeting, a chance to meet the members of their Board of Trustees and to hear what is going on within the organization. A complimentary continental breakfast is available to all who attend.

And lest we forget, Teaneck is a brief 20 minute bus ride from New York City and all that has to offer. A partial listing of opportunities there is available on our website.

 

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