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CASTINE, Maine – The International Guild of Miniature Artisans (IGMA) will be hosting the 32nd annual Guild School at Maine Maritime Academy from June 8-15 with free exhibitions for the public Sunday through Wednesday, June 9 - 12 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) and on Thursday, June 13 (9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.).
The Guild School will feature 48 classes over six full days for miniature artisans of all skill levels to practice their craft and learn new techniques in a variety of media. The classes will cover everything from basket weaving and oil painting to room construction and silver-smithing. An estimated 200 miniaturists from all over the world are expected to attend the school.
Registration for the School is currently closed, however, anyone interested in miniatures are encouraged to attend the free public exhibitions to view the work of students and talk with other artisans.
Miniatures are scaled-down replicas of normal sized items which are made from a variety of media such as wood, pewter, and other fine metals. The creation of miniatures as a hobby took off in the United States around the 1970’s. However, the art form can be dated as far back as the middle ages.
For more information on the Guild School, IGMA, and the history of miniatures, please visit the IGMA website at www.igma.org.
Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering 17 degree programs in engineering, management, science and transportation. For more information, visit mainemaritime.edu.