Angelica Kauffman Gallery

The Angelica Kauffman Gallery: A Project of Elaine Luther

A white box with gray floor has mini art exhibited on the walls and one piece is on an easel. There is also a bench in the center of the gallery and a side table with mini drinks.

Inaugural Art Show at the Angelica Kauffman Gallery by Elaine Luther. Artwork by Bryan Northrup, Tamara Wasserman, Maria Romero Luther and Terry Clarbour.

The micro gallery now has a name, The Angelica Kauffman Gallery and its own Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angelicakauffmangallery

See below for an archive of all shows in the gallery.

How the Miniature Gallery Came to Be

I’ve been working with miniatures in my art for ages, since 2006, at least. And I started out as a jeweler and metalsmith, so this is a scale that makes sense to me. As the gallery is getting started, in March, 2021, I’ve been doing as my 100 Day Project, 100 Days of Photos with Miniatures. For those, each day I take a photo with my vintage wooden spools that once held thread, arranged with other small objects, including doll house miniatures. Some of them are artsy and some of them are cute, such as the Crazy Cat Lady one and the Plant Lady one.

It just kind of evolved, that there could be a tiny art gallery, at that same scale I was working with every day. Oh! And there was also a conversation online, about an artist in Seattle who’s started a sort of Little Free Library for art. Take an art, leave an art.

An artist I know suggested I take a dollhouse and start a sort of miniature cultural center! I just happen to have an extra dollhouse, and I thought about putting the gallery inside of that. The challenge is that it’s very, very pink and might be hard to paint, and it’s kind of dark inside, at least if you’re trying to take pictures and videos and share them online!

So I decided to build a stand alone gallery.

Here it is, in progress, so very close to completion. I’m painting the floor gray to look like a concrete floor.

The Angelica Kauffman Gallery by Elaine Luther, a 12" x 12" x 12" white box gallery for very small art.

The Angelica Kauffman Gallery by Elaine Luther, a 12″ x 12″ x 12″ white box gallery for very small art.

I’ve ordered miniature benches and wine and cheese for the gallery. The wine and cheese will only be in the gallery for the opening reception of course. I have work from a few artists in hand already, and I’ve begun photographing the art and posting it on the gallery’s Instagram.

Update, 4/11/21:  I’ve now built a second gallery, you can see the build process in this post.

How to Participate with the Micro Gallery

Call for Art: A Play Mobil Person Looks at a Blank Canvas. A smaller canvas near by says "Call for Art."

The general, on-going Call for Art as well as specific ones can be seen here: https://www.elainelutherart.com/call-for-art-very-small-art

Member, the Guild of Micro Galleries

We are proud to be members of the international Guild of Micro Galleries, https://www.lisa-cole.co.uk/the-guild-of-micro-galleries

An orange frame has black text that says: Member of the Guild of Micro Galleries

Archive of Exhibitions in the Angelica Kauffman Gallery, a Micro Gallery

A view of an art exhibition at the Angelica Kauffman Gallery, a 12" x 12" x 12" gallery. You can see art on the wall, a sculpture in the corner, a woven metal piece leaning against the wall. A table holds wine, cheese and soda. A bench holds flowers and a wine glass.

Second Show at the Angelica Kauffman Gallery

Welcome to the opening reception of our second show! Art by:

Charity Capili Ellis @ccapelliscreate and https://capiliellisdesign.space
 (Group of four works.)

Tess Dillenberger @tessdillenberger (Pen and ink)

Gina Lee Robbins@ginallerobbins and https://www.ginaleerobbins.com (Woven metal)

Shilin Hora @shilinhora https://www.shilinhora.com (Work on easel with seeds)

Jill Kramer @chimerapress.jakramer and www.jillakramer.com (Collage/painting on back wall)

Elaine Luther @elaine_luther and https://www.elainelutherart.com (Freestanding sculpture)

And the flowers are a gift to celebrate our being admitted to the Guild of Micro Galleries!  For our reception, we have wine, cheese and EANABs, Equally Attractive Non-Alcoholic Beverages.  Most artworks are for sale, contact the artist directly to purchase! (Works by Elaine Luther and Gina Lee Robbins are not for sale.)  Additional photos of this show are on the gallery’s Instagram.  This show went live April 12, 2021.

First Show at the Angelica Kauffman Gallery

A white box with gray floor has mini art exhibited on the walls and one piece is on an easel. There is also a bench in the center of the gallery and a side table with mini drinks.

Inaugural Art Show at the Angelica Kauffman Gallery by Elaine Luther. Artwork by Bryan Northrup, Tamara Wasserman, Maria Romero Luther and Terry Clarbour.

This show went live on Instagram on March 28th! Thanks so much to our very first artists for being willing to make special tiny art for our gallery! Here are additional views of the show.

A white box with gray floor has mini art exhibited on the walls and there is also a bench in the center of the gallery.

On the left side of the image is a work by Bryan Northrup. To the right of that work is “Chocolate” by Tamara Wasserman.

A white box with gray floor has mini art exhibited on the walls and on an easel. There is also a bench in the center of the gallery and against one wall, a table holding drinks.

Artwork by Terry Clarbour and Maria Romero Luther.

Mosaic by Terry Clarbour and painting by Maria Romero Luther.

Links to the artists’ websites and social media handles can be found on the gallery’s Instagram.

Links to Blog Posts about Additional Shows in the Angelica Kauffman Gallery

There have been so many shows already, that if I post a record of each of them here, as I had planned, this page could become quite full and slow to load!  Instead, I’ll link to the blog posts below, one post for each show.  It’s now August 2021 and we’ve held a dozen shows!  With three solo shows booked for fall!

June Solo Shows at The Waste Shed

For the month ofJune 2021, three micro galleries went to the Glass Case Gallery at The Waste Shed, Chicago’s Premier Creative Reuse Store.  Each gallery featured a solo show by an artist: Andrew Venell, Terry Clarbour and Bryan Northup.

Micro Galleries at the Glass Case Gallery

Introducing the Dollhouse Art Center!

In late May 2021, we added the Angelica Kauffman Dollhouse Art Center, which includes a cafe! You can see that one (summer 2021) in the window of the Calypso Moon Studio in Oak Park, IL and the blog post about that show is here:

Upcoming Shows for the Angelica Kauffman Galleries

Mel Kolstad Solo Show

In July 2021, we hosted a solo show with Mel Kolstad, you can see the blog post about that show here:

Solo Show: Mel Kolstad’s Art in the Angelica Kauffman Gallery

July Group Show

Also in July, we hosted a group show that traveled to The Seed boutique in Riverside, IL.  Here’s a photo of that show:

Art in a 12" x 12" box gallery, with bench and table.

Artists in this show:  (L to R) Elaine Luther, Alex Brightbill, Shilin Hora, Mel Kolstad, Maria Romero Luther, Magali Almada.

We made a video of all the shows we’ve hosted, from April to June 2021, you can see that in this post:

Retrospective Video at the Gallery

Our August group show was Black & White & Red All Over, and featured two U.K. artists.

August Group Show: Black & White & Red All Over

Micro-Micro Galleries

And in August, I asked myself, How Small is Too Small?  And started putting tiny art into mint tins, sardine tins and cough drop tins.  You can see them all here:

Micro-Micro Galleries: Tiny Art in Mint Tins!