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miniature gramaphoneMembers of AIM always seem to be busy. Some of their creative work will take a day or a week. Other work, such as illustrating a book or preparing for an exhibition, can be a labour of love which can stretch out over months and even years. Our members create work in many different mediums and in different sizes (not just miniature). This little blog piece is about blowing a little horn for them. Aim artists have recently been published in magazines and in books, winning awards for their miniatures and larger works and exhibiting and selling their work both close to home a long way from Canberra.

Camelia Smith’s beautiful watercolours, along with an article, were featured in the August 2017 issue of The Australian Artist Magazine. click on this link to purchase Camelia was also awarded ‘Best Still Life’ for her watercolour painting ‘Fruit Bowl’ in the recent Artists Society of Canberra Spring Exhibition and Awards at Albert Hall in Canberra.

Ilsa Patterson was chosen by Dorothy Hart to illustrate her book titled ‘International Treasures – Canberra’s Embassies’. The book itself is sure to become a national treasure on two levels. Dorothy has written an incredibly interesting and informative book to read. And, it is such a beautiful and delightful book to look at with watercolours and drawings by Isla. The book was launched at the National Library of Australia to a sell out crowd of Embassy staff and admirers of Dorothy and Isla by Major General the Hon Michael Jeffery. click on this link to purchase from The National Library of Australia

Kylie Fogarty is the wonderful and talented illustrator for a charming book created for the RSPCA. On 2 September 2015, RSPCA ACT rescued a huge, overgrown sheep in the Australian Capital Territory. After requesting help from the public to find a shearer, ‘Chris the Sheep’ became an international news sensation overnight, breaking a new Guinness World Record in the process. While his life after being rescued is well documented by the media, no one knows for sure what happened to Chris prior to this. This children’s book provides one possible explanation for how Chris became so big, with his adventure to share with kids of all ages.

Chris-the-Sheep-Website-banner-1760x750-v2_3-1-e1505638643113All proceeds from this book will help RSPCA ACT continue to protect, rescue, care and advocate for animals in need just like Chris and will assist with launching the RSPCA ACT’s new education program.  click on this link to purchase the book from the RSPCA

The Artists Society of Canberra (ASOC) recently held its annual Spring Exhibition and Awards at Albert Hall in Canberra. The Miniature Section was extremely popular with exhibition visitors and we are very proud that three of our members were awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards.


1st Cheryl Hodges – Packham Pear. 2nd Val Johnson – The Photographer. 3rd Sandra House – Hall Landscape. Highly Commended Alan J Jones – Stromatolites. Congratulations to everyone.

Jocelyne Godber’s miniatures have been on some long journeys and many have found new homes there. She has been exhibiting and selling her very detailed and beautiful miniatures in Washington DC, North Carolina in USA and Levi in Canada.

Arlene Williams and Cheryl Hodges opened a joint exhibition of their miniatures at Wilbur’s Café in Hacket in September. The packed venue absolutely loved the work of these two very talented artists and also enjoyed hearing them both talk so passionately about their work and their creative process. The artists are exhibiting 12 miniatures each. Arlene’s subject matter is the balloons over Canberra and Cheryl’s botanical studies including two pieces on velum. It is a beautiful exhibition and runs until October 25. Well worth a visit.

Please click on the Members News page tab in the menu above to see details of exhibitions and events which are currently on and about to take place. This page is updated regularly and is currently full of varied events.


Strathnairn Exhibition

AIM’s 2017 exhibition was held at Strathnairn Gallery on the north-west outskirts of Canberra. The gallery is located in the homestead of the very peaceful property. Blink twice and you would think you had driven out into the country. But this gem is only minutes from the suburbs and filled with bird song and views from the back of the gallery which stretch to the beautiful Brindabella Mountains. It is a busy place with two light filled exhibiting galleries, artists studios, a shop for artists to sell their work and a terrific cafe with tables inside and in the garden. strathnairn website


The hanging team

Members of AIM including Camelia Smith, Eva Henry and Val Johnson, carefully curated and hung the exhibition before the opening was held on Thursday the 27th April. They did a magnificent job hanging the miniatures and grouping them into themes so the exhibition flowed around the room.

The exhibition was opened by Jo Hollier, who is a  full-time practising artist/printmaker based in Canberra, ACT Australia. Jo is a prominent figure in supporting the arts in the ACT and Australia, and also teaches drawing, painting, etching and printmaking. Jo was introduced to the crowd by the gallery director Peter Haynes and she gave a wonderful and very informative introduction to the show.

It was a joy to see the works of the very talented members of AIM hanging together at the opening. The exhibition was not to be rushed as you moved from work to work marveling at the detail, range of subject matter and fine techniques used by each artist. 66 miniatures were exhibited by the following artists. Lucie Anfiloff, Sharon Buckland, Margaret Carr, Lyn Cottingham, Jocelyne Godber, Eva Henry, Deborah Hamilton, Cheryl Hodges, Sandra House, Val Johnson, Michaela Laurie, Stuart Marshall, Isla Patterson, Heather Prickett, Camelia Smith, Jan Vincent and Arlene Williams.

Here are photos of the gallery and the miniatures. Please click on the individual images to enlarge them.

Gallery 15

Gallery 14

Gallery 12

Our next exhibition

Strathnairn invitation172A.I.M’s Annual Exhibition  ‘Art In Miniature’

   Exhibition Dates:  27 April – 22 May 2017

Exhibition opens:  Thursday 27 April 2017 4 at PM  (Everyone warmly welcome)

To be opened by Jo Holier @ Strathnairn Gallery

19 Stockdill Drive, Holt.   Thursday – Sunday 10am – 4pm

Art in Miniature Exhition Raglan Gallery Cooma

The opening of the Art in Miniature Exhibition at the Raglan Gallery in Cooma was held on a chilly spring afternoon. But it was anything but chilly inside. A wonderful crowd attended and were enthralled by the miniatures which had been beautifully hung by the AIM gallery team. Viewers were given an opportunity to see a variety of subjects and mood from the 16 artists as each had 6 pieces exhibited.  

The exhibition was opened by Wendy Neville who gave such an inspiring and welcoming speech.

Thank you to everyone who came along for the opening and who visited the exhibition.



The Aim exhibition hanging team.




2016 A.I.M. Canberra Exhibition

Historic Raglan Gallery in Cooma is the venue for the next exhibition of many beautiful and varied work by the artists of Art In Miniature (A.I.M.) Canberra. Please see the invitation below for details. You are very welcome to join us at the opening. Gallery opening hours are: Wednesday – Sunday 9.30am – 4.30 pm.


Miniatures at the Royal Canberra Show

Each year, on the last week-end in February, Canberra hosts the Royal Canberra Show. Along with animals, fruit and veg, flowers, cakes and jams, cars and farm machinery there is the Arts and Crafts Pavillion. On display is also a wonderful display of local and regional talent in classes ranging from papercraft, quilting and woodwork to painting, photography and calligraphy. Members of AIM were well represented in several classes this year.

There is a class within the Arts just for miniatures. I was given special permission by the chief steward to take some photographs to show you here.

Congratulations to the place winners and all the artists who entered. It was a wonderful display.

The Perfect Gift Exhibition

Every year Aim (the Art In Miniature Group for ACT, Canberra) has at least one exhibition where members show their miniature art.The exhibition for 2015 was held at Yarralumla Gallery, Yarralumla, ACT from 29th November 2015 – 29th January 2016. The gallery is part of The Oaks Brasserie and café concept located at the heritage listed Old English Gardens alongside the Yarralumla Nursery, surrounded by the leafy trees of Weston Park.

The opening of “The Perfect Gift” was on a perfect late Spring afternoon. It was a fascinating and beautiful exhibition of over 158 miniatures by 19 members of the  group. The exhibition was beautifully and expertly co-ordinated and hung by Camelia Smith, president of Aim, with help from members. What a mammoth task to hang all these tiny treasures – and to make sure that they stay straight and are lined up! It looked truely wonderful.

The opening was very well attended and was officially opened by Barbie Robinson from Artcetera, ArtSound FM Radio, who only day’s out of hospital, gave an inspiring and informative speech to a crowd on the back terrace under the trees.

Here are some photos: click on an individual photo to enlarge.

Group 1 taken by Camelia Smith when the work was hung.

Group 2 taken during the opening. Photos taken by Michaela Laurie