Miniature means more with the Little Museum of Art – The Cavalier Daily
It’s a known fact that anything miniature is undeniably cute. Small houses, pets, and food have always received a lot of attention in popular culture, usually for good reason. Who knew that miniature museums could have the same awe-inspiring appeal? The new Fralin exhibition clearly shows the joys of the miniature.
The Little Museum of Art exhibition is the epitome of small art that packs a punch. It’s truly impressive how many swirling details each artist has conveyed in such a small space – see the awe-inspiring display for yourself just outside of the Fralin until November 28th. If potential viewers somehow miss this generous window of time, the exhibition will reopen vigorously in the spring of 2022.
This ingenious miniature museum was inspired by the Little Free Library movement, as well as other small galleries created during the pandemic. Another driving force was the desire to involve student artists, local creators and viewers. Plus, the Little Museum of Art is the exhibition that keeps on giving, as the works in this museum are rotated to constantly showcase new artists and exciting pieces.
Fans of the Little Museum will be happy to know that they can get these works of art as soon as they are removed from the exhibition. Each piece will ultimately be transferred to The Free Little Museum store. From there, art lovers have the unique opportunity to pick up one of these pieces or even exchange them for one of their personal creations. The small museum and museum shop can be found outside on Cornell Plaza 24 hours a day.
Despite its size, the Little Museum of Art makes a strong connection to the community – its sharing principles complement its accessible viewing hours, and the exhibit is even adorned with miniature solar panels for easy nighttime viewing.
As museum visitors approach the exhibit, a myriad of vivid colors will immediately reach their eyes. These colors are translated through mediums varying from watercolor to bronze through recycled plastic film. The mixed art contained in this space challenges the eye of the mind with its varied textures and depth with works by Betsy Tucker, Mia Villani and Chrissy Morgan Gibbons.
A central theme of the Little Museum of Art – at least until September 23, as the exhibition is constantly evolving – seems to be nature. Fingertip-sized birds and shocking azure waves from Gibbons and Vidya Ambati, respectively, are setting the trend. Julia Kindred’s pastoral views also effectively simulate nature in a calming, palm-sized way. However, details on paper and canvas abound. The deep skies roll up on each edge of the canvas, taking advantage of the small space allotted to them.
Zhiwen Xu’s colored pencil and ink on paper are also particularly striking. The amount of color thrown on this little piece of paper is exceptional. If viewers stand close enough, they can see chartreuse mixing with vermilion, indigo with aquamarine. All of the colors are interrupted by perfectly random ink lines, with what appear to be patches of copper scattered throughout.
Viewers and artists may naturally want to get involved in this innovative museum. If so, they can contact Lisa Jevack at [email protected]