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CASTINE, Maine – The works of multiple artists of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans (IGMA) will be on display at Maine Maritime Academy in June. The exhibit is scheduled to be held in conjunction with the Guild’s annual instructional conference held each summer at the Castine college. The exhibit will feature handcrafted works from instructors and students alike and will be open, free of charge, to the public from Sunday, June 10, to Wednesday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Thursday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The exhibit will be located in the Harborview Room of the Harold Alfond Student Center, located on the main dining floor.
The Guild is a mixture of miniaturists, both collectors and artisans, who have a mutual appreciation of fine miniatures. Each year the Guild hosts a series of classes, lectures, and social events focused on the common interests of its membership. The annual Guild School, as the conference is known, brings more than 30 instructors, all Artisans or Fellows of the Guild, and 200 miniaturists from more than 30 states and other countries to the Maine Maritime Academy campus. While on campus, the group holds more than 40 classes, each running for 6 to 8 hours a day. The group offers a variety of classes for all skill levels in many different mediums.
The primary goal of IGMA is to promote fine miniatures as an art form. It also seeks to increase awareness and appreciation of high-quality workmanship through public education, recognize and honor qualified artisans and encourage work of the highest quality, encourage the development of new artisans, and coordinate and serve the interests and needs of the artisan and non-artisan.
For further information, contact the MMA Conferences Department, Rhonda Varney, 207-326-2283.