Ann Cooper returns with miniature scenes in lanterns that feature Ellen Rice's paintings and coastal memorabelia.
Local miniature artist Ann Cooper will be at my gallery's new location in Ocean View for her second gallery exhibit this Saturday, Sept. 16th, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
Ann's new exhibit features tiny scenes housed in a collection of decorative lanterns made especially for my gallery. Each highlights a miniature print of one of my original paintings.
She designed the lanterns to celebrate the beauty of my art. Incredibly, each includes a battery operated dollhouse size easel light or chandelier to illuminate the miniature paintings.
Ann is a retired teacher who is enjoying the opportunity to rekindle her lifelong fascination with dollhouses and miniatures. She creates displays in 1:12 scale that evoke the happy and peaceful moments of life.
She tells the story with the details, from hand painting the furniture to adding a tiny Beach Boys album, a bottle of sand, a bowl of shells, or a sweet little pet to the scene. On the 16th, Ann will share with guests her inspiration and intricate methods for making her scaled-down creations from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m.
I think she is going to be very busy making more of these lighted lanterns. There is something so heartwarming about each, so much attention to detail. You just want to walk inside them.
The various local aspects are a wonderful added touch that will make them very special holiday gifts and conversation pieces.
Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend.