Gallery’s miniature sale draws plenty of artists, residents

The end of every year has been the best time of year at The Blue Pig Gallery.

For a third year, the This Little Piggy Miniature Art Show and Sale has begun at the gallery at 119 W. Third St. in Palisade.

It was the gallery’s most popular show the past couple years, and gallery director Mickie Harshman has no reason to think this holiday season will be different.

Thirty-six artists, including six guest artists, have artwork in the show and sale.

Harshman has been the director at The Blue Pig since July, but she has lived in the Grand Valley long enough to know why the miniature art show attracts dozens of artists and many shoppers.

“I think it’s an affordable way to buy art,” she said.

Original art in the show and sale can be purchased for as little as $20.

The definition of miniature art varies from artist to artist, and the size of the art available this year ranges from items as small as handmade earrings to original oil paintings.

“It’s special for this show,” Harshman said of the availability of jewelry and small stained-glass art and segmented wood carvings.

This year, buyers also can choose from all types of miniature Christmas ornaments, pastel paintings, digital photography and other pieces.

“It’s been going well,” Harshman said of the show, which began Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 3. The artwork available may change as artists add pieces once items have sold.

An opening reception for the show and sale is from 5–8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the gallery. Food — hors d’oeuvres that are small so as to fit the theme of the show, Harshman said — and beverages will be served.

A ceramics artist herself, Harshman said creating small works of art isn’t always easier or less time consuming. However, smaller art pieces can be more affordable because of the size.

To further help people purchase original art, The Blue Pig offers layaway for customers.

The Blue Pig is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

For more information about the show, call Harshman at 464-4819.


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