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Tampa Bay galleries show miniature artworks with a big impact

Since we're all in a downsizing mood, let's consider two area galleries that are taking the idea literally. — Lennie Bennett, Times art critic

, The Plainsmen Gallery, 2450 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater, known for its large-scale western and wildlife sculptures and paintings, also offers scaled-down interpretations at its 29th annual "Miniatures and More Holiday Art Show." Gallery favorites are represented, including Ernest Simmons, David Wang, John and Suzie Seerey-Lester, Tom Browning, John Coleman, Vic and Dustin Payne, Don Crowley, Trevor Swanson and David Yorke, whose Buffalo Hunter is shown. The show is free and continues through Jan. 8. December hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. (727) 726-5100;

>> Clayton Galleries, 4105 S MacDill Ave., Tampa, takes as its theme for the holiday show "Small Works." Owner Cathy Clayton asked 27 artists (including Bruce Marsh, Craig Rubadoux, Joyce Ely-Walker, Yoko Nogami, Robin Cody, Jeffrey Kronsnoble and Dolores Coe) to create works measuring 24 inches or less, a perfect size to wrap and nestle under a tree. Media include oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; sculpture; mobiles; mixed media on paper; and photography, including this manipulated digital photograph by Roberta Schofield. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The show continues through Jan. 22. Free. (813) 831-3753.

Tampa Bay galleries show miniature artworks with a big impact 12/15/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 3:30am]
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