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Mona Lisa in Miniature and Our 30th!

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Wes and Rachelle Siegrist July 7th, 1990
Us with our adorable ringbearer, Josh, after our wedding. We celebrated our 30th Anniversary on July 7th.

The Miniature Paintings of Wes & Rachelle Siegrist

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August 2020 ~ Next Issue: September 2020 

Rachelle Siegrist snorkeling in the stream
Rachelle blissfully floating along watching the fish below in the stream
Making Lemonade

 Dear Friend, 
 
They say, "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade" so we've been doing just that and hope each of you has also been able to focus on some good in all the bad surrounding us today. It goes without saying that drinking lemonade is starting to get old! Townsend and the Smokies have been overrun it seems by tourists and with us taking the virus more serious and preferring to err on the side of caution, we've been forced to shelter at home more than we would if we lived away from such a popular destination. It seems the weather is also against us with high heat and rain more prevalent during the weekdays and more conducive on the weekends when the non-locals tend to arrive en masse. We have still been able to kayak a couple of times over the past month and usually manage to find a quiet place in the stream to isolate by ourselves or with a couple of neighbors. It's a peaceful time to interact with nature although we've also been enjoying the critters in the backyard from the safety of our screen porch. (Mosquitoes are the WORST at following social distancing guidelines!)
 
Rachelle taking video
We have both been enjoying the fresh veggies from the garden and doing all the little projects that were put off to a later date. I have been keeping busy with tasks related to my job as Executive Director for the Society of Animal Artists and Rachelle is having a GRAND time painting the Mona Lisa in miniature. She's planning a series of these gems and we'll both be painting more later this fall. ~ Wes


The Siegrist garden and greenhouse
Part of our garden and greenhouse
The Siegrist garden and greenhouse
Rachelle Siegrist painting the Mona Lisa in miniaure
Rachelle working on the Mona Lisa by DaVinci.  She will be sharing a video of her painting this work from start to finish this month.
Exquisite Miniatures on display at the Shafer Art Gallery  
Exquisite Miniatures on display at the Shafer Art Gallery
Exquisite Miniatures on display at the Shafer Art Gallery
EXQUISITE MINIATURES 
 
The Exquisite Miniatures tour is at the Shafer Art Gallery (Barton Community College) in Great Bend, KS until August 15th. It will travel to The Art Center in Quincy, IL next and we'll be adding 16 new paintings into the exhibition at that time. This historic tour now encompasses 44 exhibitions at 42 venues and has included 282 of our paintings!

Wes had a WONDERFUL surprise in learning that the director of the Shafer Art Gallery is his college art professor!  It was a mutual surprise to both and you can read about it on our blog:  
Exquisite Miniatures At Shafer Art Gallery
Exquisite Miniatures Video
Click the image to view on YouTube our mini-documentary about painting our Exquisite Miniatures, in which we share techniques, brush info, and insights into and behind many of the paintings that are or have been in the exhibition.

Paintings are being sold on the tour and shipped to collectors at the close of that venue. Copies of our The World of Nature In Miniature book are usually available in the museum gift shops too!
 
Please share this history-making tour with your friends and family! 
Overview of Tour Schedule 2010 - 2024
Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C.
David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director

 
Be Wowed! Admire our paintings with a magnifier!
Just like diamonds, they dazzle in person!
 

Alligator painting by Rachelle SiegristRed-shouldered Hawk painting by Wes Siegrist
Stealthy Approach by Rachelle and Southern Sentinel by Wes
Society of Animal Artists' 59th National Tour 
Until September 7th, 2020: The Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT (Now Open)
Siegrist paintings at Snow Goose Gallery in 2020
The Art of the Miniature XVIII (ONLINE & OPEN)
Until August 30th, 2020: Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
We have 16 paintings featured! (Lurking in the Pea Soup and Uncomfortably Menacing have sold)

A Sun Loving Monster painting of a Gila Monster by Rachelle Siegrist
A Sun Loving Monster by Rachelle
Making Their Mark: American Women Artists (ONLINE)
Until August 23rd, 2020: Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA
Please note that we have decided not to attend the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival this November and the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition next February. We are still considering the MPSGS exhibition which may end up being virtual only. The 2021 MASF exhibition has been canceled.

Rachelle Siegrist video production
Rachelle exploring a pool in the Tremont section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park near our home
 
Life Under the Magnifying Glass
Behind the Scenes with Miniature Painters Wes and Rachelle Siegrist 
 
So Friend
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