Miniature arts show is kind of a big deal

Arts guild members offer small works in assorted media


Town Hall Arts Center’s Stanton Gallery in downtown Littleton is an inviting and quiet spot to do some holiday shopping and you can take any art purchased with you on the day you visit.

Members of the Littleton Fine Arts Guild, who will offer a revolving series of exhibits at Town Hall throughout the year, now offer “It’s a Small World” through Jan. 3 — miniatures in assorted media: paintings, photographs, drawings, collages ...

It was not known at press time whether the gallery would be open as the COVID-19 restrictions are tightened, but the artworks can be seen online at

None is larger than 12”x12” and many are smaller than that — easy to wrap and mail, if that’s what you need, or to tuck under a tree — or perhaps just a treat for yourself, such as the drawing of a bright chickadee by Jacqueline Shuler that I couldn’t resist. (With a move to an apartment, I no longer have those little guys chirping outside my kitchen window!)

Prices are reasonable, everything is nicely framed and ready to hang. Some examples:

Just inside the west door on the right is Loren Gilbert’s poetic photo of a single stalk of slightly drooping grass, titled “Never Surrender.” It falls in the category with simple, elegant botanic drawings, which I especially enjoy.

Proceed around the corner to Bobbi Shupe’s four small, colorful abstract paintings — one could hang a single one or the group of four.

Next along the wall are Mary Clark’s smiling, colorful cats. “Listen to the Music” includes a pair of blue whiskered creatures with a singing robin perched between them. It would make me happy in the morning.

On another subject, Dorothy Jalluch’s “Casa Taos” (10”x12”) would bring happy memories to someone who loves to travel there — or an invitation to someone who hasn’t.

“Turkish Trolley,” a watercolor by Robert Eilert, shows one of the many that criss-cross lovely Istanbul. Wish I could join the folks waiting to board! Even on a rainy day the colorful city is appealing. (I didn’t see any of the hundreds of cats that roam the streets — or the shopkeepers who keep food out for them.)

Pat Dall’s soft, quiet “Fall at Hudson Gardens” shows bright yellow leaves, ready to fall from a grove of trees.

Photographer Peggy Dietz loves to photograph scenes in Ireland when she visits there. Her three cottage windows with lacy curtains look wonderful together, but would stand happily alone, as well.

Another interesting architectural photograph is “Egalite — It’s Time is Past Due,” which focuses on carving on an older stone edifice — als0 by Loren Gilbert.

Sally Van De Camp has created several small hangings from stained glass and Harvey Whitcomb’s small metallic pieces could also hang singly or as a grouping.


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