Miniatures to be showcased in exhibit in Castine

Posted June 02, 2011, at 9:08 p.m.

CASTINE — The works of multiple artists of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans will be on display 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, June 12-15, and 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, June 16, in the Harborview Room of Harold Alfond Student Center, Maine Maritime Academy.

The exhibit will be held in conjunction with the guild’s annual instructional conference held each summer at the Castine college. It will feature handcrafted works from instructors and students alike and will be open free of charge to the public.

The guild is a mixture of miniaturists, both collectors and artisans, who have a mutual appreciation of fine miniatures. Each year the guild hosts a series of classes, lectures and social events focused on the common interests of its membership. The annual Guild School, as the conference is known, brings more than 30 instructors, all Artisans or Fellows of the Guild, and 200 miniaturists from more than 30 states and other countries to the MMA campus. While on campus, the group holds more than 40 classes, each running six to eight hours a day. The group offers a variety of classes for all skill levels in many different mediums.

The primary goal of IGMA is to promote fine miniatures as an art form. It also seeks to increase awareness and appreciation of high-quality workmanship through public education, recognize and honor qualified artisans and encourage work of the highest quality, encourage the development of new artisans and coordinate and serve the interests and needs of the artisan and non-artisan.

For further information, contact the MMA Conferences Department, Rhonda Varney, 326-2283.

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