Many miniatures aficionados are gearing up for the Philadelphia Miniaturia this coming weekend. For many reasons, the Philly show looms large on the calendar for the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, too. The Guild staffs a general information table at most of the larger miniature shows in order to acquaint the public with the organization itself, and we are always on the lookout for members to help staff the table and spread the story of the Guild’s mission and the many programs it provides for miniature makers and collectors alike.
One of the more popular programs is Guild School and the Guild School Director, Barbara Davis will be there with 2015 School Catalogs and applications and many of the class projects for next June’s classes.
Another program that makes its appearance at many of the larger shows across the country is the Gallery of the Guild. A perk for Artisan and Fellow members, the Gallery provides a selling opportunity for those who cannot be there in person. The Guild takes a small commission on each sale in order to continue to provide this opportunity, but most of the work in coordinating the program and getting everything to and from the shows is done wholly by volunteers.
Lastly, the International Guild of Miniature Artisans will be the beneficiary of the annual fundraising auction held at the Philadelphia Miniaturia this year. The Auction Committee has been busily gathering wonderful pieces for silent and live auctions to be held during the show weekend. There will be silent auctions taking place during the show on Saturday and Sunday, and the live auction will take place Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Bagels and coffee will be served and the bidding will be lively. Auction items will be on display during show hours, stop by the IGMA table to see them, and stop by the auction Sunday morning to enjoy a bagel and place a bid maybe one or more of these exquisite items will go home with you!
Be sure to visit the IGMA Facebook page to see more items that will be at the Gallery of the Guild table at the Philadelphia show and at other shows around the country.