A Wee Christmas Display

No, its not too early to be thinking about the holidays! Here is an opportunity for you to share your love of miniatures with a wider community this December.

Visitors to Wee Christmas at Kenmore.

Visitors to Wee Christmas at Kenmore.

Last fall, Susan Sherman introduced herself to me, expressing an interest in visiting IGMA’s Williamsburg Study Program and meeting our participants. Susan is the Manager of Special Events at Historic Kenmore Plantation, and coordinator of a substantial holiday miniatures display at the beautifully restored home of George Washington’s sister. Anchored by a replica of Historic Kenmore, 2017 marks the fourth year that the display has taken place, enhanced by structures and individual miniatures loaned by the surrounding miniatures community.

A Georgian dollhouse on display in the Wee Christmas at Kenmore exhibit.

A Georgian dollhouse on display in the Wee Christmas at Kenmore exhibit.

The public is invited to loan dollhouses or other miniature buildings, favorite pieces  or vignettes from their collections, display cases are available to protect smaller items, and each exhibitor will receive a free pass for themselves and two guests to the exhibit and other holiday festivities organized by the Foundation.

Care will be taken to properly protect your treasures, the exhibits will be monitored and stanchions will be in place to prevent enchanted viewers from getting too close. Pieces must be delivered and picked up by exhibitors. Interested parties are invited download the registration form below and submit it to Ms. Sherman. There is no time to waste, registration deadline is October 13.

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Show Me the Minis!

Jessica Weisel's charming toy bunny toys. Weazilla and all her toys and curiosities will be at table 81.

Jessica Weisel’s charming toy bunny toys. Weazilla and all her toys and curiosities will be at table 81.

The International Guild of Miniature Artisans has been in existence for more than 35 years, and there has been a Guild Show in every one of those years, after all, putting on a quality show and sale was one of the fundamental reasons for creating the Guild. This year’s Guild Show is now just around the corner and there are many reasons to celebrate and join in the festivities!

This year, 2017, marks the Guild Show’s premier at the lovely Hartford/Windsor Marriott hotel, in Hartford, Connecticut. Classes will be taking place Tuesday through Friday, September 19-22, and while registration has been very strong, there are still a few spots available and some really neat projects on the schedule. We have been very fortunate that some premier teachers were willing to stop over in Hartford on their way home from the Miniature Masterworks show and to teach and take a table at the Guild Show. Check out the list of classes on the Guild website, but pay particular attention to the cut-off dates if you find yourself interested in signing up!

Mzia always has at least a few pieces on her table that look straight out of a French chateau. Small Creations by Mzia will be at table 82.

Mzia always has at least a few pieces on her table that look straight out of a French chateau. Small Creations by Mzia will be at table 82.

Other festivities are on the agenda, including the delicious and edifying Desserts and Demonstrations event that will take place Friday evening. Join your mini friends and make some new ones while you watch artist demonstrations and enjoy desserts and crudités. Saturday evening there will be a rollicking good time at the Live Auction with our masterful auctioneer Duffy Wineman, followed by a buffet dinner and presentation by Kaye Browning, as she shares her path into miniatures collecting.

 

It will be a fabulous weekend and I hope you will be able to join us for all, or any part of it!

A toddler in a pink one-piece by Two's Company Miniatures. Find Jennifer and Elizabeth Ellis at table 38.

A toddler in a pink one-piece by Two’s Company Miniatures. Find Jennifer and Elizabeth Ellis at table 38.

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26 Days and Counting Down…

One of a kind trunk and sculpture by Mark Murphy and Mary Grady O'Brien in the 2014 Live Auction.

One of a kind trunk and sculpture by Mark Murphy and Mary Grady O’Brien in the 2014 Live Auction.

Guild School has many fun components besides the actual classes. If  you’ve gotten in early, you may have taken part in one of the first optional extras, a Saturday morning seminar. Seminars also take place on Sunday and Monday evenings, if you didn’t sign up for one before getting to school, there are sign up sheets in the school office for any that have spaces remaining.

Curious about what’s going on in the other classes? All the classrooms are open on Sunday or Monday evenings prior to the seminars, some buildings one night, the remaining buildings on the other so that you’ll have a chance to visit as many, or as few, as you wish.

Every night, there is a social gathering in what is commonly called ‘The Bilge’, downstairs in Curtis Hall. Just pop in anytime before 11 p.m. and enjoy a beverage and snack along with some conversation and occasional game playing. Each evening is ‘hosted’ by different groups within the IGMA organization, so a variety of questions can often be answered by your friendly bartenders.

Silent auctions take place in the cafeteria daily. Have a look during one of your meal breaks and place a bid if something looks interesting to you. Monday evening there is an open bid silent auction during dinner, and Tuesday evening, right after the infamous Lobster Cookout, is the Live Auction with many one of a kind items donated by teachers and some of the Guild’s Artisan and Fellow members. I understand that this year there will be a special silent auction running outside the cafeteria for the first couple of days-hint…they’re calling it ‘Real Estate Row!’

Relax in the evening watching the sailboats in the harbor, or join Julie Hagel's crew for a kayak paddle.

Relax in the evening watching the sailboats in the harbor, or join Julie Hagel’s crew for a kayak paddle.

Wednesday night is supposed to be rest and relaxation night, but there are no hallway monitors and if you relax best by working on one of your class projects until midnight, that’s on you, just no whining the next day when you can’t see where that tiny nail flew off to!

I hesitate to say Thursday night is one of the highlights of the week as most of the previous nights can lay claim to that moniker, but on Thursday, everyone gets to shop–no more of that putting a bid in and hoping you get it here–it’s a manic hour and a half of shopping along with a cash bar-which always helps the shopping along, and snacks.

The work of Phyllis Hawke's students at the graduation exhibit in 2015.

The work of Phyllis Hawke’s students at the graduation exhibit in 2015.

The exhibit room opens for the first viewing Saturday evening during the opening reception and remains open during the entire week, as long as there is someone to staff it. Exhibits on view are provided by attending students and teachers. Do you have something you’d like to share? A piece you made that came out particularly well, or something you truly love that you purchased? Just let the exhibit chair know what you’re bringing and there will be a label waiting for its arrival. Saturday evening whatever class prototypes are available will be on display, to be followed the rest of the week by available prototypes for future classes. And, if you have a free period, consider volunteering to man the front desk and help keep the exhibit room open as much as possible.

 

 

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