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Miniature Masterworks: Brooke Rothshank

Miniature Masterworks: Brooke Rothshank

Brooke Rothshank is a children’s book illustrator and fine-scale miniature painter. Her subject matter, painted in watercolor or egg tempera, is often influenced by what is happening in her life. She equates her work to a visual journal; in 2015, she did a miniature painting every single day for the entire year.

Rothshank is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

Miniature Masterworks: Nancy Simpson

Miniature Masterworks: Nancy Simpson

Nancy Simpson experimented with many different crafts before finding her signature: Nantucket and Shaker baskets. Simpson forms her baskets on models that she turns herself using the same materials found in full-scale baskets: hardwood, cane, brass, and ivory. Now, she is beginning to experiment with original designs in the style of Nantucket and Shaker baskets.

Simpson is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

Miniature Masterworks: Gail St. Clair

Miniature Masterworks: Gail St. Clair

Gail St. Clair was introduced to miniatures on a childhood trip to see Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle in Chicago. She was also taught to crochet by an aunt. She combined the two in the 1990s after receiving a 1:12 scale doll whose clothes she believed she could improve. She now uses a vintage, size 18 crochet hook and 100 weight silk sewing thread for her projects.

St. Clair is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

Miniature Masterworks: Leslie Smith

Miniature Masterworks: Leslie Smith

Originally a full-scale painter, Leslie Smith transferred his full-scale painting training to miniature in 1993. He enjoys finding new paintings to work on during trips with his wife to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and The National Gallery, London. Smith enjoys late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century artists, as well as sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Dutch paintings, and the Hudson River School.

Smith is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017. He will be giving a gallery talk about his work in the T/m collection and the inspiration behind it on September 16 at 2:30pm.

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