The show closes on Sunday 3rd June (from 10am-5pm) - so lots of time left to see it. Those unable to get to Wells easily will appreciate that this year, for the very first time, we can now also view the exhibition online. You can also purchase artwork in the exhibition - to make enquiries please contact the Society
|Private View of the 30th Annual Exhibition of the Hilliard Society of Miniaturists|
|30th Annual Exhibition before the Private View|
The exhibition was opened just after three pm by Michael Eavis CBE, better known to regular Glastonbury Festival goers as the founder of the Festival and the man who owns the farm site where it is held. He now lives a few miles down the road from Wells. He began by commenting that he was far more familiar with larger work by artists such as two of his friends, Banksy and Rolf Harris. He expressed admiration for the exhibition, commenting that it was the first time he had seen such a display. He and his wife spent quite some time going round the show and Michael was even seen to be signing autographs along the way.
|Sarah Whitehouse (President of the Hilliard Society) with Michael Eavis|
The points which are taken into account when selecting work for the exhibition are as follows
- A high standard of draughtsmanship and composition.
- Mastery of miniature technique in chosen media and palette.
- No subject larger than life, portrait head no larger than 2” (5cm).
- Frames and mounts must be of high quality, clean and in keeping with the painting.
- Maximum image size: Rectangle 4.5" x 6"; Square 4.5"; Circle 4.5" diameter.
- Maximum outside frame measurement 50 sq. inches.
Note the key to scale on the website - a one penny coin is larger than the circular numbered catalogue code next to each painting.
|The President's Choice Award|
"Grand Canal at Dusk" by Erica Youngman
|Tracy Hall (left) and Erica Youngman (right)|
|The 30th Anniversary Special Award|
The Joys of 2012 by Heather Catchpole
|The Bell Award for Portraiture|
Rule Lenska by Bill Mundy
Tracy Hall won a second award - The Mary Scott-Kestin Award (Animals and Wildlife) for her watercolour painting of a 'Sanderling'
|The Mary Scott-Kestin Award (Animals and Wildlife)|
Sanderling by Tracy Hall
|The Llewellyn Alexander Gallery Award|
Tidings from Trafalgar by Iain Traill-Stevenson
|The Joyce Rowsell Award (Excellence in Acrylics or oils)|
'Brian' by Hannah Harrison
Trevor Young won the The Geoff Hunt Memorial Award with 'Low tide at St. Ives'
|The Geoff Hunt Memorial Award|
Low tide at St. Ives by Trevor Young
The sculpture case also included several Russian lacquer boxes, many more of which were displayed separately in two cases on a table. The Society has played host to this Russian art form for a number of years, providing an outlet for the work of artists who have such a different approach to the art of miniature painting.
One of the very informative aspects of miniature art exhibitions are the demonstrations and I've yet to meet a miniature artist who is anything but helpful. They all seem to be very happy to answer all questions asked! Members of the Society are providing demonstrations throughout the week.
Next Saturday, the Past President Rosalind Pierson will be demonstrating. Last Saturday, the demonstrators were John Beach and Tracy Hall (see below)
|John Beach and Tracy Hall demonstrating their techniques in the exhibition|
If you are an artist and would like to submit work next year, the Society would love to hear from you - details here.
If you'd like to know more about Miniature Art and Artists, you could try reviewing the links in my compendium website Miniature Art - Resources for Artists
Note: I was supposed to be at the PV on Friday but got into a mix-up over trains so did not go in the end. I'm very fortunate in having been given a great account of the exhibition by a double act - Past President Roz Pierson and Tracy Hall who took the photos. Tracy now says she understands much better how much is involved in covering an exhibition!