Join us for a fun weekend as the Patriot Chapter of the International Plastic Model Society and The East Coast Figure Artists present “Fantastic Model Miniatures” at the Museum on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, 2011. More than 150 miniatures will be on view including aircraft, vehicles, dinosaurs, and figures and dioramas from history and popular culture. Hours for the show are Saturday, October 1, 10 am-4:30, and Sunday, October 2, from noon-4:30 pm. Admission is $7 per family; $5 individual. Proceeds support educational programs at the Museum.
The art of miniatures allows us to see the people, machines, and places lost in time past. The models take us to places we could never visit, from the inside of a WWII British Fighter plane to the surface of the moon. Visitors can examine the interior of a deep diving submarine, walk among prehistoric creatures, and look into the fantasy world of the Lord of the Rings. The historical figures presented, like Sir Edmond Hillary atop Mount Everest, are superb examples of the exacting work done by miniature portraitists. Model makers will also offer demonstrations and talks.
The organizers of the event, Robert Butler and Pip Moss, are teachers, artists and long time miniaturists. Butler, who will present a number of miniature dinosaurs that he created for the Discovery Channel's Paleo World, says "Miniature sculptures serve as blueprints in the creation of the life size sculptures of extinct animals such as the dinosaurs that are seen in museums worldwide. Models are irreplaceable tools used in the design of the planes, tanks and vehicles, much relied on by the military throughout the history of our country. The displays are intriguing to look at, yet teach a great deal about art, history, craftsmanship and science."
Scale Model (1:48) of a 1943 USAAC Spitfire, 2010. Courtesy of Pip Moss.
Fantastic Model Miniatures! at the Museum, 2009. Courtesy of Pip Moss.