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Black Spruce Gallery is holding the biggest, tiny art event ever

Artist submission deadline is Deadline is Thursday, April 20

Calling all artists! Black Spruce Art Gallery and Framing is seeking your artwork, but it must be tiny.

Yes, that’s right Katelyn Malo, the owner of the Black Spruce Gallery is holding a miniature, or tiny art contest.

You have three and a half more days to get your entries in.

The art submitted will become part of a juried art presentation that will be shown at the Black Spruce Gallery beginning May 2 and running through until June 30.

“Tiny art is really interesting, because it is an artist’s work all bundled up in a tiny medium,” said Malo, the owner of The Black Spruce Gallery, on Pine Street S. in Timmins, and an accomplished photographer in her own right.

“It in some instances, it is easier for artist to complete smaller artworks, and submit it for a show - it is an interesting new way to showcase their work, “Malo added.

“Also, miniature art can be more accessible to the public, as prices are often less than a larger work,” Malo said.

The Idea was first suggested to Malo by Betty McCauley, and Malo also discussed the concept with other artists in the Timmins arts community prior to organizing the miniature art competition.

All submissions must be no bigger than 5 inches by 5 inches in dimension.

The frame - no larger than 10"x10". You don’t have to spend a whole lot of money on the frame.

“If I can hang it on the wall and it is ready to hang with picture hook or wire, any frame will do,” said Malo.

Paintings, drawings, photographs, and other visual arts are welcome. All art work, except sculptures, need to be framed and ready to hang on the gallery walls. 

Sculptures are also welcome, they do not have to be framed, and can be 6”x6”, for all you artists who cannot work in a 5”x5” format, take note.

Check out the website for a list of complete details.

Deadline is Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

To enter each art work artists, photographers and sculptors must pay $5 entry fee per piece.

People can submit two entries per category and up to 5 in total.

“The work must be your own and done within the last two years, “emphasized Malo.

So, put away that miniature Mona Lisa you wanted to enter as Mona Ivanka! It isn’t yours and it was done last millennia and that’s way over two years ago!

A review committee composed of local artists from different artistic disciplines, will appraise the submitted art work to determine which will proceed on to be displayed at Black Spruce Gallery.

The artworks will be displayed at Black Spruce Gallery from May 2-June 30 and there will be an opening night on May 2 from 7-9 p.m.

“It will be a celebration of miniature art, but also judges will be on hand to appraise and select the winning entries for each category,” Malo said.

The event is open to all artists and members of the public, who appreciate that it is not the size of the art that counts, but the talent taken to produce it, and the inspiration it generates among viewers.

The art work will be available for purchase. All unpurchased art will be returned to the artist.

“So far, the entries are amazing,” Malo said. “I can't wait for more to come in, and I am looking forward to sharing these works with the public! “

“Somebody submitted a 1x1 piece, about the size of a postage stamp,” said Malo.

“I also am look forward to having everyone gather on May 2ndto celebrate miniature art,” Malo said inviting Timmins to come out to the opening for the Miniatures Art Exhibit.