Art Exhibits

Holiday Miniature Show

When: Nov. 27-Jan. 14 2010

Before photography, cameos and miniature portraits served a purpose similar to today's wallet photos or cell phone pictures. However, the origin of miniature painting is rooted in style, not size: Even a large painting can be done in "miniature," the word derived from Latin meaning "painted with red lead." Indian miniatures, however, align more with our current usage of the term (size versus style), and with that in mind, head to Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., for its Holiday Miniature Show and Sale, which opens from 5:30 to 8:30 tonight and runs through Jan. 14. Each of the original miniatures by local artists spans no more than 12 inches in one direction, perfect for gifting to that person on your cell phone's screen saver. — Edie Adelstein

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