Fun and Funds for a Good Cause

A fully jointed doll by Gale Elena Bantock.

A fully jointed doll by Gale Elena Bantock.

If we’re doing anything like a decent job at publicity, you’ve already heard that the International Guild of Miniature Artisans is hosting its 2nd Annual Auction at Tom Bishop’s Chicago International Show on April 17th. As the date draws closer, we are getting very excited to see the items that are arriving for the auction. Some of the donations are coming from the artist

A jointed teddy bear by Canadian miniature toy artist Barbara Logan.

A jointed teddy bear by Canadian miniature toy artist Barbara Logan.

themselves, many of whom are graciously creating one of a kind pieces especially for this auction; other donations are from collectors who have generously diverted choice items from their collections to support our cause. All of the auction items will be on display smack dab in the center of the Grand Ballroom during preview day Friday, April 17th so everyone there will have a chance to examine them in all their fine detail. For those who won’t be in attendance, or who haven’t yet decided, here are some photos to tempt you into joining us for

A Wooten desk with its plethora of drawers and compartments by Jim Gans.

A Wooten desk with its plethora of drawers and compartments by Jim Gans.

the evening. Our auctioneer extraordinaire, Duffy Wineman, will be drawing us all into an evening  of rollicking good fun–even if you’re not bidding!

 

An incredibly detailed 1/144 scale art gallery by IGMA Fellow member Julian Biggers.

An incredibly detailed 1/144 scale art gallery by IGMA Fellow member Julian Biggers.

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Funding Further Study

Inspired by her Italian Majolica studies, 1/12 scale plates by Fellow member Lee-Ann Chellis Wessel.

Inspired by her Italian Majolica studies, 1/12 scale plates by Fellow member Lee-Ann Chellis Wessel.

Part of the mission of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans is to encourage work of the highest quality. The Independent Study Program is one of the ways they devised to accomplish that. Available to Fellow members of the Guild, the Independent Study Program offers financial assistance, in the form of a grant, to enable further research into an area the Fellow member may not have been able to explore otherwise. The research may be connected with a specific object, technique, material or historical setting and designed to increase skills, or provide further inspiration for the member’s work.

Over the past 12 years, grants have been awarded to 12 Fellow members for proposals ranging from the study of Italian Majolica pottery and Norwegian double weave coverlets, to the use of metal clay, and the study of egg tempera techniques.

Already skilled in the creation of 1/12 mosaics, Fellow member Christina Minischetti used her grant to study the technique of filato mosaic.

Already skilled in the creation of 1/12 mosaics, Fellow member Christina Minischetti used her grant to study the technique of filato mosaic.

Following the completion of their study, the recipient returns the favor to the Guild in some way; by offering a class or a presentation at a Guild function or by donating a piece to one of the Guild’s auctions. Proposals are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year. Visit the Education page on the IGMA website for more information.

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Calling All Miniaturists!

With so many organizations soliciting for your attention and your funds every day, what is it about the International Guild of Miniature Artisans that may help us to stand out when we make an appeal? We certainly are not saving lives in the strictest sense of the word-but having something that you love and enjoy sharing with others certainly helps to make life worth living.

Items from last year's IGMA auctions, from Kerri Pajutee and Christina Goodman.

Items from last year’s IGMA auctions, from Kerri Pajutee and Christina Goodman.

The Guild raises its operating funds in several ways-your dues, first and foremost, but also through auctions that we hold at our annual show and sale, and occasionally at other functions throughout the year. This year we will be holding the second, in what we hope will become an annual tradition, at Tom Bishop’s Chicago International Show in April. The money we raise from our auctions goes directly into IGMA’s many educational and outreach programs, helping to keep the cost to program participants as low as possible. That is how Guild programs can remain so affordable and our dues at the same level they have been for many years.

The auction offers miniaturists many ways to support IGMA, one of which does not even involve your wallet! You can, if you wish, support IGMA with the donation of a miniature, it might be something that you made, or that you have acquired at some point, perhaps something you bought, but which never found its way into that special project.

If it is within your budget, come to the auction Friday, April 17 and bid on one or more of the many special pieces that will be on the auction block. One of a kind pieces will be found and the occasional bargain, too. Even if you’re not bidding, it is a truly fun event, there is no one like our auctioneer Duffy Wineman to keep everyone on the edge of their seat with excitement and laughter.

Please visit the IGMA web site for more information.

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