Show Dates: April 10 – May 27, 2021
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 10th | 2:00-4:00 p.m.
14th Annual Juried Show
Congratulations to the artists selected for the 14th Annual Juried Show!
Alison Boughn – “Thunderhead”
Barb Gustafsson – “Sun in the Forest”
Brooke Gettman – “LEARN YOUR LESSON. (Waiting Game)”
Bruce Forbes – “Laundry Caye Caulker Belize” and “Orange Window Blind Orange Walk Belize”
Bruce Trindle – “Nova Scotia”
Butch Rohrschnider – “Ice Form Number 3”
Cathy Foster – “Eden Revisited”
Danielle Dewees – “Where the Bison Roam”
David Quady – “Tear”
Deb Kubik – “Road to Talmage Farm”
Derrill Grabenstein – “Burst of Dandelion”
Diana Tweedy – “Bareness Everywhere”
Francine Fox – “Egress and Impass”
Holly Ann Schenk – ” Back Window”
Jerene Kruse – “Mid-Summer Glory” and “Shadows of the Night”
Jody McQuillan -“Smolder”
Kaci Schacht – “Creek Bank”
Kathleen Lohr – “Paulina” and “Belle”
Laura Snyder – “Goff School”
Leroy von Glan – “Double Donut Teapot” and “Blue and Gold”
Linda Lacy – “Parairie Candelabra”
Patricia James – “Farmyard Duet”
Rod Beyke – “Bob Marley”
Susan McCulley – “Watchful”
Rachel Vogel – “Tea Time”
Wendy Ketelson – “Overgrown” and “Mountain Trail”
Wes & Rachelle Siegrist
Wes & Rachelle Siegrist capture the attention of viewers not with outstretched canvas but with miniature paintings so exquisitely rendered that they are often mistaken for photographs. Miniature art has been in existence for centuries and the current revival in its popularity has given rise to miniature art societies which in turn have given the Siegrists a platform for international recognition among peers and collectors. Their tiny treasures typically measure less than 9 square inches and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification. Consequently, Wes and Rachelle Siegrist enjoy a dimension of interactivity with viewers that few painters of standard easel-size paintings enjoy. A hallmark of their work is the ability to convey the feel of larger canvases or the essence of the natural world in miniature. It is no small wonder, therefore, that the Siegrists have been referred to as “World Ambassadors for Miniature Art”.
The artists additionally have an unprecedented and history-in-the-making ongoing museum exhibition tour featuring over fifty of their miniature paintings that premiered in 2010 and is currently scheduled into 2024. A comprehensive overview of the Siegrists’ internationally touring museum exhibition may be viewed at: Museum Exhibitions.
The Artists regularly exhibit in major wildlife expositions and shows in the United States and currently participate in numerous international miniature art exhibitions. They have exhibited their miniatures in museum venues such as Birds in Art (Both Artists are in the Woodson Museum’s Permanent Collection), Art of the Animal Kingdom, the Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibitions (Rachelle has received their highest honor, The Award of Excellence, three times!) and the Smithsonian Institution. They reside in Townsend, Tennessee beside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
We are a husband and wife team that started our painting careers together back in 1990. Actually, it started in 1989 when Rachelle was one of Wes’s students at the Highlands Art Museum in Sebring, Florida. Wes was smitten with her from the start and made promises of “teaching her how to paint” if she would simply marry him. (It’s a long and fun story but it will suffice to say that the two are crazy about each other and completely hooked on their careers as wildlife artists!)
We’ve been full-time artists from the start of our life together. Wes actually started his professional career in 1986 working as a freelance designer, cartoonist and teacher. From 1989 until 1999 Wes was an instructor at the Highlands Art Museum in Sebring, FL and he also taught at various galleries and art leagues. Our paintings featured wildlife, ships and portraiture in subject matter and varied in size from murals to miniatures. (miniatures in the sense of small paintings vs. the technique of painstakingly rendered tiny subjects).
We started our push into the international market of wildlife art and also miniature art at roughly the same time (1996-1997). Wes stopped teaching in 1999 in order to devote more time to his paintings. We discontinued doing outdoor art shows completely in 2001 after we found out we could pay the bills without sitting in the 100+ heat and humidity, thunderstorms and even tornadoes!
We primarily paint for two reasons: Foremost, we absolutely love wildlife! Almost all of our work is a reflection of our experiences and interactions with wildlife in nature. Secondly, we love to paint! It’s not just our career-it’s our hobby and joy. We hope as you get to know us and our work, you’ll develop a deeper love for wildlife and the beautiful outdoor world that surrounds us! We’re also currently devoted to our cherished art form of “Art in the Little” and hope that our legacy will be our contribution to the genre with our paintings and assistance and inspiration to fellow miniature artists.