Lubbockites are invited on a trip to the beach this weekend – at least on a small scale.
The Miniaturists of Lubbock are bringing the seaside to the tiny side as they host their organization’s 41st annual show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday in the Lubbock Garden and Arts Center at 4215 University Ave.
This year’s theme is “Beach House,” with many of the miniature exhibits crafted by the group for the display aiming to capture the look and feel of quaint cottages and homes on the coast.
Group members put together small-scale versions of the homes and other scenes, complete with such details as cushioned chairs, area rugs and candlesticks on tiny tables.
Linda Clifton said being in the group and helping put together the event has a big payoff.
“This is a wonderful hobby – anything you can imagine you can make in miniature,” Clifton, an organizer with the Miniaturists, wrote in an email to the A-J. “I look at everyday things and try to figure how I can make it into a miniature. I have made a sink using a jelly container from the restaurant. The plastic cover on a paperclip is the perfect size for a drinking straw.”
Clifton said she has been in the club for 23 years and has loved every minute, adding that the camaraderie and team work make it an enriching experience.
“If I have a problem with a miniature I can always ask another club member,” she said. “Someone will have the most wonderful ideas and I am on my way back to my worktable.
Clifton said anyone interested in miniatures is welcomed to join the club.
“We have multiple levels of skill, and we are always learning from each other,” she said.
The creative work done by the artists who fashion rooms and houses in miniature, range from homes to commercial buildings, according to a previous A-J Media article showcasing the group.
“Basically anything that’s in your real life, we can make look realistic but in miniature,” Clifton said.
Group member Alta Rees echoed that sentiment, adding she’s always pleased by the turnout the event sees every year.
“People just like little things – they’re really interesting to look at and make,” she said.
Rees said she was glad to be able to host the show this year despite the ongoing pandemic.
Attendees are asked to wear face masks/coverings.
Drawings for door prizes are scheduled each hour during the show.
Tickets, which are available at the door, are $3 for adults and $1 for children. Proceeds from the event are set to go to Lubbock’s Toys for Tots and the South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
Items that are for sale at the show include supplies and miniature furnishings including mini furniture and decorations that are offered by vendors who attend the show, said Clifton.
More information about the Miniaturists of Lubbock is available on their website, www.miniaturistsoflubbock.org, and will be available at the event.