After researching an Instagram account called Tiny Art Show, Lisa White — owner of Doodles Art Studio in Aledo — decided to have her art kids create a tiny masterpiece of their own.
“I got the idea on Instagram, it’s called Tiny Art Show, and they’re wanting to spread it around the nation and I just thought it would be such a fun thing to do with my kids,” White said. “It’s done by two different age groups — my younger group is third and fourth grade and the older group is sixth, seventh and eighth grade — so I decided it would be fun to build a tiny art show with these kids.”
The Tiny Art Show, out of Provo, Utah, is a community art project started within the past year that brings miniature art to unique spaces. The project was started by McKay Lenker Bayer, who has always loved miniatures, according to an article by the Daily Herald.
“I love the magic and wonder that accompany tiny things, like they are part of a tiny, fascinating world that I don’t know about,” Bayer said. “We put as much time and care and effort into the exhibit as if it were normal-sized.”
White said she took time with her art students to discuss all the details about the tiny art show.
“They each have a two-by-two inch little frame in there and they painted their own — I didn’t do any of the artwork, it’s all theirs — and then I went ahead and built a little museum with figurine people,” White said. “I really wanted them to have ownership over it so we spent a lot of time talking about what size the frames would be, what color they would be, how it was going to be laid out and I then I thought I could take it up to the library.”
East Parker County Library Director Tracy Lambert Jack said they were happy to host the tiny art show.
“They were looking for a place to host it and we were happy to give them space. The library is a place for everyone and we love encouraging lifetime learning, so this was a great addition for us to have,” Lambert Jack said. “The kids came in and set it all up and it’s exciting for us — it brings people in to see it and it’s a little surprise.”
White said the plan right now is to continue the tiny art show and rotate out art pieces, and she feels it’s a unique exhibit for the community.
“If you look at tiny art shows, everything is down low — it’s put just above baseboard level — and intended for you to get down low and call you out of your comfort zone,” White said. “There’s even a little magnifying glass with each show so you can look at everything, but the intent is for you to get out of your comfort zone to see something different. It was really, really fun and I would love to make more of them.”
Lambert Jack said they will host the exhibit for as long as White would like.
“We’re happy to host it for as long as we have space for it and as long as they want to keep it here. It’s exciting to feature different things in the community,” Lambert Jack said. “Anyone who wants to bring something in, if there’s something we think the community would like and we can figure out how to get it in here, we’re happy to host it.”