Miniature art is fine art on a small scale. Come explore the amazing detail in a special exhibit at the . The Miniature Art Society of Florida has its 37th Annual International Exhibit at the center through Feb. 5.
"The challenge of miniature art is getting the composition balanced, capturing the details and making it look right," said Kay Petryszak, Vice President of the Miniature Art Society of Florida.
"The rewards are seeing a composition that tells a story. And the more you delve into the composition, you see the delicacy and the glow and you keep looking and looking," Petryszak said.
Each day artists share the nuances of their craft, as a part of the exhibit. Goldsmith Paul Eaton, of England, holidays in Dunedin. He chiseled away painstakingly at a piece of wax, which will be baked and hallowed to make a mold for a bird in flight. It takes Eaton about a month to make the original mold, which can then be used to make more birds.
"I love wildlife. It gets me fired up to make pieces of sculpture...I love seeing every detail. It is a bit like bringing the wildlife back into focus," Eaton said.
Retired commercial interior designer F. Robert Fritz loves the history of calligraphy. He started doing pen and ink sketches as a kid. He demonstrated how to write with a turkey quill.
"Calligraphy takes us back to the origins of miniature work- the illuminated Bibles and the Book of Kells," Fritz said.
If you go:
• , 1143 Michigan Boulevard, through Feb. 5.
• Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 5 p.m., Sunday 1:00 until 4 p.m.
• Phone- 727-298-DFAC
• Cost: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors 65 and older; $4 for ages 6 to 18; free for children ages 5 and younger and members of the DFAC and MASF