Each year, the Show brings together more than 100 U.S. and international artisans and dealers, including a number of I.G.M.A. Artisans and Fellows. They offer collectors unique, well-crafted 1-inch, 1/2-inch, and 1/4-inch scale miniatures from around the world.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

GSAM Workshop: Photos for Le Bon Marché

Bluette Meloney is teaching  "Le Bon Marché " workshop at the Good Sam Academy of Miniatures on October 14-18, 2013.  Photos are now available to share. An IGMA Artisan in Faux Finishes, Bluette will be teaching a wide range of faux finishes and trompe-l'oeil effects. 

This versatile shop can be adapted to many different uses.  It is in La Belle Époque (1890-1914) style with ornamental Art Nouveau and Art Deco elements. Students will have an option of Art Deco or Floral ornamentation on the interior. The shop is 21-inches wide, 14-1/2 inches high, and 14-1/2 inches deep. The measurement for depth includes the sidewalk

For Good Sam Academy registration information go to: http://goodsamshowcase.miniature.net/goodsamacademy.htm

At the Show - Quarter-Scale Flowers & Landscaping

IGMA Artisan Patricia A. Brehm-Nash of Pat's Bloomers has been making quarter-scale flowers and landscaping since the mid-1990s. She has attended Good Sam most years since 2001. Be sure to look for her table at this year's show. You will be delighted with her selection of fabulous quarter-scale plants and flowers.  pbnwb@aol.com

Wisteria, red rose tree, ferns and other plants. Gazebo and furniture kits by Karen Cary Miniatures, minis@karencary.comwww.karencary.com
Grapevine over arbor with two built-in benches. Yellow iris and ferns. Fairy by LadyBug Miniatures. ladybug@ladybug-fairies.comwww.ladybug-fairies.com
Yellow climbing rose bush covers wood porch swing on stand. Red and yellow tulips. Fairy by LadyBug Miniatures.
Tiny lemon, orange and apple fruit trees in pots.

To see more of Pat's work, go here.

At the Show - Quarter-Scale Furniture & Room Box

Barbara Greene from Canada sells as Silver Fox Creations. She carries a wide range of quarter-scale miniatures and is the exclusive distributor of Bespaq's fine line of quarter-scale miniatures. Look for her table at this year's Good Sam Show. All photos are of quarter-scale. barbara@silverfoxcreations.com, www.silverfoxcreations.com

Photo of Barbara Greene-Findall's table from the 2012 Good Sam Show.
Electrified Living Room Box. Quarter-scale Workshop for 2013 Philadelphia Miniaturia.
Half-tester bed, demi-lune table and secretary.
Country kitchen set in green with hand-painted flowers. Hall tree.
Bedroom from quarter-scale Bed and Breakfast. Structure designed by Debbie Young, Young at Heart. yngathrt@gv.netwww.youngathartminiatures.com

To see more of her quarter-scale offerings, to here.

At the Show - Lighting and Small Scale

Barbara and Lew Kummerow have been regulars at the Good Sam Show for several years. Their line includes fabulous Tiffany lamps, other unique lighting, stained glass pieces, delightful toys, and more--much more. They work in one-inch, quarter-inch, 1:144 scale and Micro Mini. They always have new and interesting pieces to share. Be sure to stop by their table at this year's show.  You will be delighted with what you see. kumini@tcsn.net

Handcrafted Tiffany Lamps in 1:12 scale. Photo taken on floor of the 2012 Show.
Exterior and interior view of tiny house, 1-1/4" tall.
Bungalow with attached garage,1" tall.
Gas station, 1/2" tall. Base is 2" x 1-1/2".
Western Town, buildings about 1/2" tall. Base is 3" x 2".
Farm. Barn and silo about 1" tall. Base is 4" x 2".
House with separate garage. House is 1-1/8" tall. Its base is 1-1/2". Garage is 1" tall. Its base is 1-1/8".

To see more of the Kummerows work, go here, here and here.

At the Show - Exhibits

This week's exhibits include delightful Betterley Secret Books for the Micro Mini fanatics. We also share more of the charming quarter-scale teacup scenes created by members of The MiniAttics Club.  Photos courtesy of Connie Sauve, Good Sam Exhibit Chairman.

Five Betterley "Secret Books" in 1:144th scale by Lisa Holm, Vacaville, CA. "Though tiny, these are fun and provide immediate mini satisfaction," Lisa says. "The car is a recycled-aluminum creation from South Africa." (To learn more about the Secret Books kits, go to:   http://www.robinbetterley.com/secret%20books/secretbooks.html)

"Friends" was inspired by the Brambly Hedge books," says Lynn Miller, Mountain View, CA, MiniAttics member. "The bunny ladies were made by Pamela Junk."  Quarter-scale.

"Country Tudor" by Caryl Lepelly, Emerald Hills, CA, MiniAttics member. Quarter-scale.

"Country Garden" by Diane Phillips, Foster City, CA, MiniAttics members. Quarter-scale.

To see more quarter-scale teacup scenes by members of The MiniAttics Club, go here and here.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

At the Show - Paintings, Furniture & Accessories

A very versatile artist and miniature enthusiast, Josephine "Jo" Meyer's  paintings range across several themes. She creates original 1:12 scale paintings, miniature copies of the Masters, and whimsical animal paintings. She also paints some smaller scale. In addition, she hand-paints furniture and accessories such as serving trays, baskets, boxes, and standing screens, to name a few. In 2001 she achieved the status of IGMA Artisan. Be sure to look for Jo's table at this year's show. JoArt@JoArt.com, http://www.joart.com/

3-dimensional oil painting after Henri Matisse's "Red Room" (Harmony in Red, 1908), 6" by 6".
Two whimsical dog paintings a la Paul Cézanne's painting of Pierrot and Harlequin (1888) and two straightforward paintings of pet dogs.
Ballerina painting and cupboard with charming hand-painted scene of ballet dancers.
Fireplace mantle by Jo with three hand-painted plates and Claude Monet's painting, "Women in the Garden" (1866).
"Great American Nude" painting by Tom Wesselmann, 1967.
Trays and tiles/wall hangings with a Tuscany vineyard theme.
Painting of "Boy with a Basket of Fruit" inspired by Michelangelo Caravaggio painting (Italy, c1593).
"Dance at Bougival" after Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1883).
3-dimensional "Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night" after Vincent van Gogh (1888).
Jo's table on the floor of the 2012 Good Sam Show.  The large painting is Vincent van Gogh's "Bedroom in Arles" (1888).  The figure of Van Gogh is by doll artist Fern Vasi.

To see more of Jo's work, go here and here.

At the Show - Figures

Doll artist Fern Vasi creates a wide range of interesting 1:12 scale porcelain figures. Each one is unique. Extremely versatile and imaginative, her delightful character dolls come in all ages and from all walks of life. What they have in common is that each one tells a story with its distinctive body language and varied emotions. Be sure to look for Fern's table at this year's Good Sam Show as she always has a wide selection to share. fernvasidolls@yahoo.com

Workman hanging wallpaper.
Little boy and girl.
Little girl reading a book.
Little boy  playing with toy airplane.
Photo of Fern Vasi's table taken on the floor of the 2012 Show.

To see more of Fern's figures, go here, here, here and here.

At the Show - Exhibit

This week, we are sharing "Andrea's Shabby Chic Retreat" exhibit by Janet M. Oliver. She is a member of the East Side Club in Poulsbo, Washington. Photos courtesy of Connie Sauve, Exhibit Chairman.

"This Gazebo was made from scratch," Janet Oliver tells us. "All of the flowers were made by me, as well as the hanging light." In 1:12 scale, the exhibit is 18-inches wide, by 18-inches deep, and 27 inches high.  It is loaded with detail. There is something delightful to see wherever you look.