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Peterborough: Main Street studio hosts exhibit of miniature artwork

  • Alex Pope of Peterborough examines a larger version of one of his miniature submissions: A clay sculptural piece inspired by the wavy petals of a pansy. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Alex Pope of Peterborough examines a larger version of one of his miniature submissions: A clay sculptural piece inspired by the wavy petals of a pansy.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Alex Pope of Peterborough examines larger versions of one of his miniature submissions: A clay sculptural piece inspired by the wavy petals of a pansy. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Alex Pope of Peterborough examines larger versions of one of his miniature submissions: A clay sculptural piece inspired by the wavy petals of a pansy.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Alex Pope of Peterborough starts a new clay sculpture in his home studio. Pope's work will be featured in the upcoming "Minis on Main! Think Big Make Small!" art show and sale at 30 Main St. in Peterborough this Friday and Saturday.  <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Alex Pope of Peterborough starts a new clay sculpture in his home studio. Pope's work will be featured in the upcoming "Minis on Main! Think Big Make Small!" art show and sale at 30 Main St. in Peterborough this Friday and Saturday.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • "Pink Pansy" by Alex Pope of Peterborough is a clay sculptural piece based on the shape of a flower.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    "Pink Pansy" by Alex Pope of Peterborough is a clay sculptural piece based on the shape of a flower.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • An untitled mixed media fabirc collage by Pashya White of Peterborough will be featured in the Minis on Main exhibit at 30 Main St. this weekend. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    An untitled mixed media fabirc collage by Pashya White of Peterborough will be featured in the Minis on Main exhibit at 30 Main St. this weekend.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • "Run, Run Away," by Anna Welch of Hancock, a piece shown in detail here, shows a carving of tiny rabbit  attached to an old board.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    "Run, Run Away," by Anna Welch of Hancock, a piece shown in detail here, shows a carving of tiny rabbit attached to an old board.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Area artists will present their art in miniature at 30 Main Street in Peterborough on Friday and Saturday. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Area artists will present their art in miniature at 30 Main Street in Peterborough on Friday and Saturday.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • An untitled piece by Roz Park of Hancock, no bigger than a matchbox, will be in the art show of miniatures at 30 Main St. in Peterborough on Friday and Saturday. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    An untitled piece by Roz Park of Hancock, no bigger than a matchbox, will be in the art show of miniatures at 30 Main St. in Peterborough on Friday and Saturday.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • "Paddling Around Willard" only a few inches wide and tall, featuring an aerial view of Willard Pond is part of Dana Wood of Dublin's series of six miniature paintings depicting the local places where she likes to kayak.

    "Paddling Around Willard" only a few inches wide and tall, featuring an aerial view of Willard Pond is part of Dana Wood of Dublin's series of six miniature paintings depicting the local places where she likes to kayak. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • "Paddling Around MacDowell," an abstract dot painting of MacDowell Lake in Peterborough, one of artist Dana Wood of Dublin favorite spots to kayak, was inspired by Australian Aboriginal dot artwork and dream maps.

    "Paddling Around MacDowell," an abstract dot painting of MacDowell Lake in Peterborough, one of artist Dana Wood of Dublin favorite spots to kayak, was inspired by Australian Aboriginal dot artwork and dream maps. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Two pieces by Anna Welch of Hancock, “Run, Run Away” and “Butterfly, Beetle,” are some of the miniature artworks that will be featured in an exhibit exclusively of <br/>miniatures at 30 Main St. this weekend.  <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Two pieces by Anna Welch of Hancock, “Run, Run Away” and “Butterfly, Beetle,” are some of the miniature artworks that will be featured in an exhibit exclusively of
    miniatures at 30 Main St. this weekend.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Alex Pope of Peterborough examines a larger version of one of his miniature submissions: A clay sculptural piece inspired by the wavy petals of a pansy. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    Alex Pope of Peterborough examines a larger version of one of his miniature submissions: A clay sculptural piece inspired by the wavy petals of a pansy.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • "Pink Pansy" by Alex Pope of Peterborough is a clay sculptural piece based on the shape of a flower.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    "Pink Pansy" by Alex Pope of Peterborough is a clay sculptural piece based on the shape of a flower.

    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • Alex Pope of Peterborough examines a larger version of one of his miniature submissions: A clay sculptural piece inspired by the wavy petals of a pansy. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Alex Pope of Peterborough examines larger versions of one of his miniature submissions: A clay sculptural piece inspired by the wavy petals of a pansy. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Alex Pope of Peterborough starts a new clay sculpture in his home studio. Pope's work will be featured in the upcoming "Minis on Main! Think Big Make Small!" art show and sale at 30 Main St. in Peterborough this Friday and Saturday.  <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • "Pink Pansy" by Alex Pope of Peterborough is a clay sculptural piece based on the shape of a flower.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • An untitled mixed media fabirc collage by Pashya White of Peterborough will be featured in the Minis on Main exhibit at 30 Main St. this weekend. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • "Run, Run Away," by Anna Welch of Hancock, a piece shown in detail here, shows a carving of tiny rabbit  attached to an old board.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Area artists will present their art in miniature at 30 Main Street in Peterborough on Friday and Saturday. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • An untitled piece by Roz Park of Hancock, no bigger than a matchbox, will be in the art show of miniatures at 30 Main St. in Peterborough on Friday and Saturday. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • "Paddling Around Willard" only a few inches wide and tall, featuring an aerial view of Willard Pond is part of Dana Wood of Dublin's series of six miniature paintings depicting the local places where she likes to kayak.
  • "Paddling Around MacDowell," an abstract dot painting of MacDowell Lake in Peterborough, one of artist Dana Wood of Dublin favorite spots to kayak, was inspired by Australian Aboriginal dot artwork and dream maps.
  • Two pieces by Anna Welch of Hancock, “Run, Run Away” and “Butterfly, Beetle,” are some of the miniature artworks that will be featured in an exhibit exclusively of <br/>miniatures at 30 Main St. this weekend.  <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Alex Pope of Peterborough examines a larger version of one of his miniature submissions: A clay sculptural piece inspired by the wavy petals of a pansy. <br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • "Pink Pansy" by Alex Pope of Peterborough is a clay sculptural piece based on the shape of a flower.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

Sometimes all it takes to present a true work of art is a couple of inches of space. Nowhere is that made more clear than in the upcoming “Minis on Main! Think Big Make Small!” art show and sale, on display this Friday and Saturday in Peterborough.

The requirements for the show are strict: Two-dimensional art can’t be more than four inches by four inches, while sculpture must be smaller than six inches in any direction. But artists are finding freedom in the constraints, and making beautiful art that can fit in the palm of your hand.

More than 100 miniature artworks, including paintings, collage, print, photograph and sculpture, by 38 participating artists will be exhibited at 30 Main St. this weekend.

Alex Pope of Peterborough often uses small bits of clay to make miniature pieces of art, but its never been a specialty of his, he said in a recent interview at his home studio. When he heard of a show made up of entirely miniature art, he decided to give it a try, and seriously apply himself to making some of his larger concepts in miniature.

He thought it would be fairly straightforward, he said, as he is often making small works for practice. But in the end, it took just as much time and effort as a larger piece, he said.

Pope usually works in abstract figures, with a few functional pieces, he said. He doesn’t consider himself a potter, he said, and he feels more comfortable working in sculptural art. The forms he works with are inspired by the natural world, making shapes that are inspired by gourds or shells.

The idea is to create a piece of artwork that looks as if it could have been stumbled upon while on a rambling walk, he said.

Pope is submitting multiple miniature sculptural pieces to the “Minis on Main!” show. They are all based on a shape that he is currently fascinated by: a shape he calls “pansy,” because of the wavy edges of the sculpture. He’s already explored it with some of his larger pieces.

Mary Meyers of Hancock is also submitting three-dimensional work to the show. While Pope works mainly in clay, Meyers focuses more on ceramics and stoneware.

Meyers takes the opposite approach to that of Pope. While he works mostly in sculptural art, Meyers said the majority of her work is meant to be functional containers.

However, she has been moving more towards sculptural forms lately, and will be featuring a few in the miniature show.

Meyers has been immersed in the art world as an artist for just over a decade.

It was something that was always around her, as her husband, whose work will also be featured in the “Minis on Main!” exhibit, is also an artist. It wasn’t something Meyers explored until later in life, she said, and even now each new step in her artistic process feels like an extension of her curiosity. Now retired from her work in hospice care, Meyers has more time to focus on her art and to begin exploring the possibilities, she said.

“I just feel like I’m on this learning curve and I’m going where my curiosity leads me,” she said. “Basically it’s been a real pleasure to find something that seems to fit. There’s so much that I can keep learning and exploring, so it’s been a joy.”

But not all the pieces in the show are three-dimensional. Other artists had to wrestle with telling a meaningful story on four square inches of canvas. For Dana Wood of Dublin, it was a whole new challenge.

Wood is used to making a big picture of small elements, mostly working in a dot style that leans towards the abstract and relies a lot on the play of color. But usually her works are full-sized, and she’s never worked in miniature, she said.

When tackling this new challenge, she decided to combine it with a new direction for her art, painting abstract representations of aerial maps of some of her favorite local ponds, where she likes to kayak. It was an inspiration she drew from the same place that inspired her dot style: Aboriginal artwork.

Wood first became interested in this new direction after seeing Australian Aboriginal art, including intricate wood carvings painted with patterns and colors. Their dream maps — abstract conceptual maps of important sites — drew Wood in and made her want to depict local sites that had special meaning to her.

“I think maps are awesome,” Wood said. “Graphic maps or road maps or satellite maps, they’re just incredible to look at.”

Wood decided to do a series of six paintings of maps for the show.

“I have never done miniatures before. And because of the way I paint with dots, to get a good story on these mini canvases, I had to use a tiny, tiny paintbrush,” Wood laughed. “It was a whole new challenge, but challenges are where we learn and grow.”

“Minis on Main! Think Big Make Small” will be on display at 30 Main St. in downtown Peterborough on Friday, from 3 until 8 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All work will be available for purchase.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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