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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Little paintings make a big show

On Sunday, April 19, the Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert, Ohio opens an unusual exhibit of miniature art by sisters Pat Rayman of Ohio City and Janet Ravas of Scotia, New York. “Two Sisters” includes more than 100 watercolor and acrylic paintings, many smaller than 3 x 5 inches.
Rayman and Ravas paint landscapes and seascapes from Maine, Vermont, New York State, and rural Ohio, as well as flowers and animals. Ravas uses a magnifying glass when creating her tiny, delicate watercolors. Rayman employs some of the smallest brushes available for her impressionistic acrylic works.
The word “miniature” was derived from minium, the red lead paint used in painting small images in manuscripts in the Middle Ages. Miniature paintings are highly detailed, requiring much skill. Artists put the same amount of time and skill into miniature works as they do into large paintings, sometimes more.
“Two Sisters,” sponsored by Art-to-Art Palette Journal and Ralph and Jane Stuckman, will run from Sunday, April 19, to Thursday, May 14.
For more information, call the Wassenberg Art Center at 1.419.238.6837 or toll
free 1.888.238.3837, or e-mail wassenberg@embarqmail.com.
The Wassenberg Art Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting the visual arts, is located at 643 S. Washington Street in Van Wert, Ohio. Exhibit hours are 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). Admission is free.

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