I don’t know how Kansas City compares with Norway, but I do know that I’d love to be there towards the end of June when Lee-Ann Chellis Wessel will be the featured artist in the new Artist-in-Residence program at the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City.
The program will kick off on June 1st when the museum opens a special exhibit of Lee-Ann’s work featuring some never before seen pieces from their collection as well as paintings from Lee-Ann’s personal collection. Lee-Ann will be present from the 24th to the 30th of June, teaching a master class in egg tempera at the Kansas City Art Institute as well as demonstrating the process on a miniature Renaissance portrait in a temporary studio at the Toy and Miniature Museum. Lectures and a reception will round out the week’s events.
Lee-Ann is very well known and avidly collected in the miniatures community for her stunning work in 1/12 scale ceramics. Over the last few years, she is becoming equally well known for painting wonderful miniature interpretations of Renaissance masterpieces. In 2004, Lee-Ann was awarded an Independent Study Program grant by IGMA to study Italian Majolica pottery in Italy. She made excellent use of her time then, as well as on subsequent trips, and amazing pieces of miniature Italian Majolica continue to emerge from her studio along with wonderful Arts and Crafts and Delft ware inspired pieces.