The Mission of The Gallery at Stone & Spoon is to provide artists who are often marginalized (women, AAPI, Latinx, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+) with a fresh platform for activism, exposure, community engagement and education through art.
MINUMENTAL: A Celebration of Tiny Art
What is it about miniatures that captures our hearts?
The first attested time the word “miniature” was used in English to describe an art form was in the 16th century in the writings of Sir Philip Sidney, d. 1586. He contrasted the life-sized reflections of women playing in the water with the miniature reflections of them in the bubbles created by the splashing.
Diminutive art has taken many forms in history. Beloved, tiny portraits have been worn close to the heart as cameos (which also historically served as seals, signet rings and even currency in Ancient Greece). The first doll houses have been traced back to the 16th century where they were made for the wealthy as a sign of social status.
Even in recent years, little art galleries (in the style of little free libraries) have begun popping up around communities as a way to showcase small artworks right along neighborhood sidewalks. We just can’t seem to get enough.
I hope that this eclectic exhibition of tiny art, in some “small” way, brings you unexpected discoveries and delight!
- Jen Eastridge, Owner & Curator
The Gallery at Stone & Spoon is a Downtown Ypsilanti creative epicenter which includes rotating art exhibitions, workshops, classes, meet-ups and more!
This space is on the second story of a beautiful 1850 historic building (above the shop), which you will enjoy as you make your way through Stone & Spoon that still showcases the building's original wood floors, tin ceilings and exposed brick walls.
Mobility note: Our beautiful 19th century building has no elevator, so all attendees will need to take a flight of stairs up to The Gallery. If you are unable to do stairs, but would like to see the exhibition, we will be posting a live video of the exhibition alongside the artist for an insider's perspective. This will be another great way to see these pieces!