Have you seen the dealer list for the 2015 Guild Show in Teaneck, New Jersey this August? There is a great mix of dealers offering items for do-it-yourselfers to collectors of top shelf miniatures. Half of the dealers are Artisan and Fellow members of the Guild and there is a special expanded Gallery of the Guild at this show that will be offering the work of many more Artisan and Fellow members
who couldn’t make it to the show in person. There will also be an exclusive sales area for the younger miniature collectors (under 14) with items to match their budgets, as well as live and silent auctions where the budget could be saved, or blown! Any way you look at it, the shopping will be a thrill!
Visit www.igma.org for details and make your reservations for a fabulous weekend.
Have you made your hotel reservation for the Guild Show? The special IGMA room block rate expires July 14, or when the block is full, so now is the time to give them a call!
The Teaneck, New Jersey location of the show gives attendees access to New York City via the bus stop just outside the hotel’s doors. A short ride and you can be touring the world famous Metropolitan Museum, or take the elevators up the just opened One World Observatory and enjoy unparalleled views of Manhattan and it surrounds.
The Show features two days of classes, live and silent auctions, Artisan and Fellow member dealers as well as general and international dealers with fabulous merchandise in every category, including materials and tools for those who prefer to do it themselves. There is a special sales area for the beginning (under 14) collectors, and exhibits of amazing miniature work to ooh and aah over.
There are also several special events this year. If you get into town early, there is a little field trip up the Historic Hudson River on Wednesday. Thursday night is the ever popular Broadway night excursion, a delicious Italian dinner and the show An American in Paris. Friday evening, when the dealers have finished setting up, there is a wonderful gathering for all to enjoy, with a free and bountiful dessert buffet (with more healthful options) and demonstrations by IGMA artists.
Check out the dealer list on the show’s web pages for the list of current dealers, as well as those Artisan and Fellow members who will be showing (and selling) their work through the Gallery of the Guild. It promises to be another wonderful opportunity for some excellent shopping and fun social interaction with your miniature friends.
The International Guild of Miniature Artisans strives to promote miniatures as fine art, and to that end, the Guild continues its long standing program of encouraging and recognizing artistic excellence within it’s membership.
And now, I am pleased to announce the elevation of eleven new Artisan members: Pia Becker from Germany in Flowers/Plants, Pat Kasell from the USA in Needlework, Sherri MacRaild of Canada in Toys, Peggy Meyers of the USA in Needlework, Julie Parrot of the UK in Animal Figures, Mario Sergio Ramos Pastrana of Spain in Glass, Barbara Studebaker of the USA in Needlework, Lorraine Thomson of the UK in Food, Elizabeth Winters of the USA in Animal Figures, Jasmine Blanche Woodbury of the USA in Food, and Michael Yukovic of the USA in Furniture; and five new Fellow members: Erzsebet Bodzas of Hungary in Food, Pat Richards of the USA in Needlework, Kellie Wachter of the USA in Needlework, Mariella Vitale of Italy in Needlework and Carolyn Mohler Kraft of the USA in Plants.
These artists have worked long and hard to get to this point in their miniature careers and well deserve to take a bow for their achievement. Some are, or will be dealers; look for their work at upcoming shows, and in the exhibits at the Guild School and the Guild Show this summer.
Anyone who has been a member of the Guild for at least a year is eligible to apply for Artisan membership. When you’ve been an Artisan member for two years, you become eligible to apply for Fellow membership, which is the highest honor the Guild can bestow. Those are only the most basic requirements, there are several pages of guidelines posted on the IGMA website that are required reading for anyone thinking of applying. The guidelines give you an overview of the evaluation process, list the categories used to classify submissions and an overview of what the evaluation committee looks for within those categories.
Reading the guidelines and then closely examining your work and the work of other artists you respect is a bit of an education in itself, and is a great way to begin the process. The guidelines are the criteria by which your work will be evaluated. It is a blind process, meaning that those on the committee have no idea whose work they are looking at, there are no names attached to the submission when they see it. There are also no limits on how many members may be elevated at any evaluation. If they have 10 fantastic submissions at an Artisan or Fellow evaluation, and all are evaluated as meeting or exceeding the criteria, then IGMA has 10 new Artisan or Fellow members.
I urge all who are interested in stretching and developing their skills to consider working towards this recognition. The Guild Study Programs and Guild School are invaluable resources to help you in this process. At either of these programs you will be able to meet and talk to many other miniaturists and perhaps find a mentor to help you along.