Holiday miniature show at Bruce Museum
During the past 35 years, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich has embraced a very small tradition: presenting biennial exhibitions of miniatures “that appeal to young and old alike.”
This year’s show, “Small Scales: Lands of Enchantment,” features works by several contemporary professional artists. The museum says the show includes “exquisite miniature landscapes constructed with a variety of materials — from old books and re-purposed suitcases, to found objects and handcrafted items, as well as glass and a living tree.” It will be on view through Jan. 7.
The museum explains that the “tradition of small-scale exhibitions at the Bruce dates back to the formation of the Greenwich Miniaturists, a group of Westchester, N.Y., and Fairfield County- area women who formed an association in the late 1970s based on a shared interest in learning how to make miniatures.
“They would meet once a month in members’ homes to exchange ideas, teach each other techniques, and work on projects together. The exhibition of their best miniature rooms, vignettes and houses every few years at the Bruce Museum began to attract visitors who came to marvel at the detailed accuracy and relished transporting themselves to another place and time.
“In recent years, as the Greenwich Miniaturists disbanded and (as) the museum grew, the miniature holiday exhibitions have expanded in theme and the level of craftsmanship has been refined. Recent shows have explored historic locations, spotlighted paper theaters and gone inside artists’ studios. Like shows of the past, the current holiday exhibition will feature whimsy and imagination, but also draws us in to look closer and explore a variety of both personal and more universal themes.”
Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich. Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $7 adults, $6 students and seniors, children under 5 free. Free to all on Tuesdays. 203-413-6735, brucemuseum. org