Rosette Studios, according to owner Bridget Koonce, “is an artist gallery and consignment store in downtown Springfield. We have 80 artists who bring us jewelry, ceramics, art prints, and it’s all on consignment.”
This is the third year Rosette has hosted a “Mini Art Show” to help raise money for local charities. Starting Thursday February 28, Rosette Studios will present an exhibit and sale of miniature artwork to benefit Paws Pet Pantry, a nonprofit that helps pets stay with their owners through pet-food donations, and helping pay for “small bills,” says Bridget Koonce. “It’s just really important for the owner and their pet to stay with their owner so they are not surrendered. And we just love that charity—we’re definitely animal lovers over there (at Rosette).”
Previous “Mini Art Shows” have enjoyed participation by more than 100 artists, but Koonce says they already have 150 signed up this year and are anticipating as many as 200. Sign-up continues through Tuesday Feb.26. “So if someone is still motivated, they are definitely welcome to come sign up.”
All the miniature artworks are to be 3 inches by 3 inches, two-dimensional art—drawings, paintings, fiber art—no three-dimensional pieces, because the studio holds a companion show in the summer for miniature sculpture art. “Almost everything is welcome as long as it’s two-dimensional. We hang everything on a grid because we get so many entries—this year we’re anticipating about 2000 entries,” says Koonce, because in past shows artists have entered anywhere from one piece to a hundred(!). Artists average about ten pieces each. There is no limit on how many pieces an artist can enter—there is also no limit on either age or art experience. Koonce note that they have participating artists “that have been doing art for their entire lives, and we have people as young as 9 sign up. So everyone is welcome.”
The art works will all be available for sale at $5.00 each. Artists may enter their work either for a $5.00 fee per artwork, or by donating one hundred percent of the sale proceeds to Paws Pet Pantry.
The show opens with a Preview Party on Thursday February 28 from 6:00 to 9:00pm at Rosette Studios, 214 S. Campbell Avenue. Admission to that is $5.00 for the general public, and the participating artists should be there to meet-and-greet that night. Bridget Koonce says some artists have sold out on that first night, so art patrons are encouraged to attend the preview evening. “It’s a really good chance to (acquire artwork) by some of the best artists for practically nothing,” says Koonce. Again, every piece in the show will sell for $5.00 each. She adds that the $5.00 admission fee on the 28th “is the only time that you’ll be asked to pay to come in, but we’ll have drinks and snack, so it’s a fun party time.” During regular business hours (Tues-Sat 10am-7pm), there is no admission charge.
For more information visit rosettestudios.com or call 987-9155.