TRAVERSE CITY — Five years ago Terry Tarnow turned her shrink ray onto Traverse City's art community. She did it again this year with a new challenge — squeeze intricate works of art on canvasses smaller than a sticky note.
The resulting 2-by-2-inch pins are the newest addition to the Dennos Museum Center's Small Works Sale. The pins run the gamut from tiny tapestries to miniature landscapes will go up for silent auction from 5–8 p.m. on May 15 to benefit the Dennos Education Tour Fund. Leftover pins will be added to the sale for a set price. The beauty of the Small Works Sale is the $5-50 price range, making great art accessible for both big and "small time" collectors, Tarnow said.
It's not a "pinky in the air" affair, said the museum store director. Art is priced to move and sized to fit. There's no fancy lighting or matting involved.
"It's not pretty, but it's really fun," Tarnow said. "Flat pieces we tape it to the wall with Scotch tape. Others sit on the table."
All art work must be no larger than 5-by-7 inches, frame included, and each artist can show up to 10 pieces. Beyond those restrictions anything goes, and usually does. Artists bring in two-dimensional paintings, prints and photography plus sculptures and ceramics, Tarnow said.
She added some depth to this year's guidelines to "open the door" to more pottery, she said.
The sale, now in its fifth year, caught on with the area's vibrant art community and Tarnow expects more than 120 artists. Even big-name artists love the opportunity to showcase their talent and sell to new buyers. Sales are split 60/40 between the artists and museum store, Tarnow said.