Museum of Miniatures Announces Upcoming Events in Carmel

Posted by Tom Britt on Jan 20, 2020 1:56:56 PM

museumofminaturesFeb. 26 Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship, noon, free admission

Votes For Women! A dramatic presentation by MaryAnne Mathews on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that gave women in the United States the right to vote.

It is 1918, and Indiana is on the verge of granting voting rights to the women of the state. Women in other states are not so fortunate, so the nation's suffragists are campaigning for a Constitutional amendment granting full voting rights. Mrs. Martha Carpenter is an Indiana suffragist (one who supports voting rights) and urges you to join her in signing a petition to President Woodrow Wilson asking for his support. Join her in marching for the rights of women in the United States of America! 

MaryAnne Mathews is a playwright, actress, and musician who portrays Mrs. Lincoln and the fictional Mrs. Carpenter. She is a retired teacher and performs with the acoustic band Crossing Bridges.

March 11 Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship, noon, free admission

Gary Schmitt, sculptor of large and small projects in felted wool, will present his art and talk about his methods.

Gary has said, “I sculpt objects in wool because of how the characteristics of the material transform the subjects –it seems like this medium especially has something to say about the meaning of the objects. The felted wool not only describes the shape, it suggests other qualities, such as: blurring of intent, softness, or even antithetically, roughness. The meanings can be contradicting –contrasting serious and humorous aspects. What I enjoy the most about working in wool is exploring ideas and connecting them, and discovering things I didn’t expect.”

March 25  Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship, noon, free admission

Shari Wagner, former poet laureate of Indiana, will read poems from her new book, The Farm Wife's Almanac, as well as some poems from my other books, The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana and Evening Chore. She will talk about what inspires her as a poet, her creative process, and entertain questions from the audience.

April 8  Create Your Own Mini Art, noon, free admission

All ages are welcome to come and create a 2D or 3D work in miniature.   Materials and instruction will be provided, including stencils to create miniature furniture for a living room or bedroom or appliances for a kitchen.  Since these workshops have become quite popular, it is necessary to make a reservation by calling the museum at 317-575-9466 during open hours or email info@museumofminiatures.org.

Sat., April 11  Annual Attic Sale.  Carmel Lion's Club, 141 East Main Street and Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 East Main Street, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
This is a great opportunity to buy miniature accessories, craft supplies, toys, and special gifts at bargain-basement prices. The sale includes a large selection of miniature furniture, accessories, dolls, constructed dollhouses, kits, and supplies.  

There is so much on sale that we have two locations: the museum and the Lion's Club two doors down. Different items can be found on sale at each place, so plan to stop in at both locations!

April 22 Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship, noon, free admission

Lynne Medsker, mixed media artist, explains how she creates art meant for people’s living spaces.  As she says, “Your home is your haven, a place you should feel safe, relaxed, content and nurtured.  The art you surround yourself with adds to those feelings!  The colors, movement and emotions of each piece of art you invest in should be a reflection of what makes your spirit feel alive and happy. Studies have shown that viewing art produces a similar effect to feeling joy and happiness, increasing blood flow to the key parts of our brains by as much as 10%.”

Sat. April 25.   Breyer Fun Day.  11 a.m. to 2 p.m., regular admission applies 

Enjoy looking at the Breyer horses in our permanent collection, enhanced with manes and tails made from real horsehair, handmade bridles and saddles, and costumed riders suiting each type of horse.  Then, paint your own Breyer 4-inch “Stablemate” horse with materials provided.  Take home your hand painted horse and other souvenirs.

May 13  Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship, noon, free admission

Rosaleen will be presenting paintings and reading poetry from her second book, Point of Reflection.  She combines the spiritual and realistic landscapes of the Ireland of her birth and the City of Carmel where she has lived for 30 years and focuses on idea of self, place and what home means.  Poems of Irish history and verses of sea landscape are complemented with airy, fresh ocean, hill, and skyscape paintings.  Rosaleen is the past president of International Women Indiana and co-founder of Carmel Creative Writers.

Sat. May 23  Workshop taught by Kristie Norman of Norman’s Country Creek

Making a ¼” to 1’ scale gazebo with floral arrangements.  This is the first time the museum has offered a workshop in ¼” scale.  The kit, made from maple wood, comprises lilacs and lavender on the top and on both sides.  The project includes two chairs, couch and table, and fabric.  The workshop is designed for students over the age of 19.  $30 for non-members; $25 for museum members.  Time is 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

For questions call Jennifer at 317-575-9466 or email mmhaoc@gmail.com. Download registration form at www.museumofminiatures.org. Deadline to register is May 9, 2020.

May 27  Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship, noon, free admission

Brynn Tyszka performs a mix of arias, art songs, and musical theater hits.  Brynn, a Carmel resident, has toured nationally with NETworks and ArtsPower productions and has enjoyed working regionally with Geva Theater Centre and Playhouse on Park. Locally, she has performed with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Actor’s Theater of Indiana.

June 3   Opening of Decoy

(full sized and miniature) and Smallest of the Small (1/4” scale) exhibits

June 10   Create Your Own Mini Art.  

All ages are welcome to come and create a 2D or 3D work in miniature.  Materials and instruction will be provided, including stencils to create miniature furniture for a living room or bedroom or appliances for a kitchen.  Since these workshops have become quite popular, it is necessary to make a reservation by calling the museum at 317-575-9466 during open hours or email info@museumofminiatures.org.

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