I’ve always loved miniatures, but way back in the 70’s, I was just venturing into the world of business and never knew there was a group of talented artists working in 1/12 scale, carving out a niche where well-made miniatures would be recognized for their artistic merit. Well, in 1979, that group of artists formed the International Guild of Miniature Artisans and held the first Guild Show in a Poconos resort hotel, and the rest is history-the history of IGMA, and this year we are celebrating our 35th Anniversary.
Thirty five years, and so many amazing shows later, the Guild Show is still providing miniature collectors of all ages, access to the best of the best, in merchandise and in experiences; for our show has become known for the quality of the classes and events that take place outside of the salesroom as well as the amazing work you will find inside the salesroom.
Even before the end of the 2013 Show last August, work was progressing on the 35th Anniversary Guild Show which will open with a roster of classes commencing August 6th and ranging from 1/2 to 2 1/2 days in length. Class projects will be finalized shortly with descriptions and photos posted on the website, and will include projects as varied as a room box with Peter Kendall, porcelain decoration with Lee-Ann Chellis Wessel, painting with Phyllis Hawkes and doll sculpting with Mike Barbour. Other instructors who have signed on to teach include Nell Corkin, Arlene Finkelstein, Kyoko Kimura, Ginger Landon Siegel, Teresa Layman, Kazuko Nakamura, Patricia Paul, Bill Studebaker, Sue Veeder and Barbara Wilson.
Many other celebratory events will round out the weekend, some of them expected, some more surprising, so mark your calendars and watch the website for details!