From Saturday through Oct. 31, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute is hosting "Exquisite Miniatures," an exhibition of fine art unlike anything seen before in our area.
Wes and Rachelle Siegrist are an American husband and wife team who mesmerize viewers with miniature paintings so exquisitely crafted that they are often mistaken for tiny photographs. Their small treasures, as collectors often refer to them, typically measure less than nine square inches and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification. A hallmark of their work is their ability to convey the feeling of a larger canvas or the essence of the natural world in miniature.
Wes and Rachelle Siegrist are members of the Miniature Artists of America, the Miniature Art Society of Florida, the Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C., the Cider Painters of America, and the Hilliard Society of England. They are the authors of the world's first standard definition of miniature art adopted by the Association of Miniaturist Artists. Small wonder that the Siegrists have been referred to as "World Ambassadors for Miniature Art."
The Peterson Institute is hosting “Exquisite Miniatures,” featuring the incredibly detailed miniature paintings of Wes and Rachelle Siegrist. Shown is Wes Siegrist at work in their Townsend, Tennessee studio.
Exquisite Miniatures consists of 50 signature paintings including landscapes, portraits, still lifes, wildlife, and other subjects by the Siegrists. The exhibition is accompanied by a book of the same title about Wes and Rachelle Siegrist and their art, with an introduction by the show's producer and curator, David J. Wagner.
The exhibition premiered at the prestigious R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, Louisiana, home to one of the great museum miniature collections in the United States, in 2010.
The Peterson Institute also is featuring selections from the life work of Roger Tory Peterson and an exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. The Institute is located at 311 Curtis St. in Jamestown and is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 665-2473 or visit www.rtpi.org.