A&R Miniatures by Cindy Gonzales

A&R Miniatures has been in business for about three years.  Rose has been an active part of the miniature community for over 15 years.  Alvin retired from his career as an electrical engineer and began his miniature career when he created a 1/12 scale flickering LED log set.  A & R Miniatures now has 2 versions of log sets that are 12 volt a/c or d/c powered and feature flickering flames and glowing embers.  Our Charred Oak version also comes in a battery powered version.  The lasted addition to the line is Quarter Scale log sets. 

We make pillar Candles  with flickering flames.  The realistic looking candles come in several colors. The candle holders are metal with  simulated gold or silver finish.  Specific  color candles and holder are available for order. There are three different heights of holders and different versions of dripping candles.

We make Christmas trees in 12 volt a/c or d/c or battery powered versions.  The Christmas trees have 30 LED warm white lights installed and come with 12 ornaments, a tree skirt, and a star for the top.  We carry 6” and 8” trees.

We have Wizard’s Tables that come with three flickering candles and are powered by with 12 volt a/c or d/c or a battery (all of which is tucked up under the table top). The tables come with either a light or dark stain finish and a choice of candle styles.   For Halloween, we have pumpkins with flickering candles inside in either 12 volt a/c or d/c or battery powered.  We have skeletons with glowing eyes and a beating heart (battery powered only). Lastly we have Caldrons in two sizes that have flickering flames around the base and green glowing contents (whatever the contents may be). 
 
 For that special patron, we have 1/12th scale log sets with sound and a Caldron with sound.

A&R will be in the wholesale/retail section of the Mardi Gras Ballroom.

See A&R Miniatures at the CIMTA 2017 Show!

January 23rd, 2017 - Wholesale Only

January 24th, 2017 - Wholesale until  12:00PM and then Retail until 5:00 PM.

Graffialuna (Italy) by Cindy Gonzales

Please welcome all the way from Genoa, Italy is uber gifted Valeria Bonomiof of Graffialuna! She will be in the retail Esplanade room.

Graffialuna carries all that is fashion chic. Some of her product lines include clothes, burlesque, handbags and shoes, dressed beds, diaries, hats, and corsets. 

Miniature shoes - Graffialuna Miniatures

See Graffialuna at the CIMTA 2017 Retail Show!

January 23rd-24th 2017

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Lady Hamilton by Cindy Gonzales

We are pleased to announce that Judi Hamilton of Lady Hamilton will be in the retail Esplanade room. As a seven-year-old in Amarillo, Texas, she learned how to crochet clothes for her Renwal dollhouse doll. In her adulthood, she branched out into collecting antique miniatures and being a partner in an antique/boutique store. In 1975, she discovered N.A.M.E. and began a miniature club in Denver. Since then she was hooked! Since day one, she has been involved with The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys. She finds the creative process rewarding and loves the challenge of using mixed media to create miniatures. Website: Lady Hamilton

See Lady Hamilton at the CIMTA 2017 Retail Show!

January 23rd-24th 2017

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Las Vegas, Nevada

LGG Creative Art Pottery by Cindy Gonzales

Please welcome Leslie Green Guilbault of LGG Creative Art Pottery. She creates pottery and carves bone. What is cool about Leslie is she is stepping out on a limb and branching out into miniatures. Our job is to make sure she gets bitten by the miniature bug :) She will be located in the wholesale and retail Mardi Gras room. I can't wait to see what she creates!!!

From the artist:
I learned the basics of wheel-thrown pottery at the University of Notre Dame in 1988 and fell in love with it immediately, but the perfectionist in me made sure that I agonized about the process. Is this curve pronounced enough? Is the glaze color just right? Why doesn’t MY pot look as good as THAT pot? Analysis paralysis often struck me before my hands were even dirty. But after 25 years of being a slave to perfection, I’ve finally begun to tame that beast, and it all started with a simple bone.

I was walking through the woods with my son one day when we happened upon the skeleton of a fawn, long dead and most likely killed by the coyotes that we often hear howling and yipping in the night. Its bones were strewn loosely among the crumbled leaves, offering us an interesting diversion from our planned walk. The bones were picked clean by insects and bleached nearly white by the sun, which made them quite easy to find. We set home, our pockets filled with treasures, and Sammy carefully recreated the skeleton in the garage then stored the bones in a box. The next day, I found myself thinking about the tiny femur. I retrieved it from the box and turned it around in my hands. I don’t know why, but I had an intense desire to carve it. I hadn’t carved anything in my life—even clay—but I saw something in that bone that I wanted to bring to life. My husband kindly set aside his judgment of this plan and split the bone in half for me. And just like that, I was off and running.

Turns out that bone carving is hard work. It smells horrific, and the dust is toxic, which requires one to wear a respirator for hours on end, in addition to hearing and eye protection and vibration reducing gloves for safety. And it’s lonely. No one wants to be around me while the bone dust is flying. Nonetheless, I was won over by the interesting textures I could create and the amazing strength of this substance that is a part of each of us. Equally, appealing was the fact that I couldn’t find examples of sculptural bone art that looked even remotely similar to what I was making. My inner perfectionist was stymied by the lack of competition, and I enjoyed creating something just for myself. After completing three carvings, I was hooked on this art form and was excited to transfer this creative freedom to my pottery.

Taking an unformed hunk of clay and forming it into a vessel has always been great fun. Glazing, to me, is not. In college, I finished my early pieces in one-tone colors with little to no surface decoration to limit my glazing anxiety. When I started making pottery again in 2012 after decades of hibernation, I wanted to broaden my glazing skills. I began experimenting by painting designs on greenware then carving through the colored underglaze to reveal the light clay body beneath (scraffito technique). It takes a steady hand, and a great deal of patience to create my signature lines, and my inner perfectionist is quite happy when I do (I still let her out on occasion). I am inspired by geometric patterns and symmetrical designs found in Native American, African, and Middle Eastern art as well as the more chaotic and random patterns found in nature. I enjoy combining motifs from disparate cultures and representing them in new ways as I continue to perfect my skills and find my artistic voice. 

Night Owl - A Look Inside the Studio of Leslie Green Guilbault (Production by Andrea Kennedy)

See LGG Creative Art Pottery at the CIMTA 2017 Show!

January 23rd, 2017 - Wholesale Only

January 24th, 2017 - Wholesale until  12:00PM and then Retail until 5:00 PM.

Orleans Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Christine Lecoutre Miniatures by Cindy Gonzales

Please also welcome Christine Lecoutre Miniatures. Artful Christine makes ceramic plates, vases, sculptures, and bird houses (which are either originals or reproductions of real ceramics). Her designs are inspired by antiques or famous artists. She also has a collection of cottages that are approximately 1 inch high. She has a collection of Picasso reproductions and Picasso-inspired ceramics. Christine will be in the Esplanade room.
Website: Christine Lecoutre Miniatures

See Christine Lecoutre Miniatures at the CIMTA 2017 Retail Show!

January 23rd-24th 2017

Orleans Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Uncle Joe's Dollhouse Company by Cindy Gonzales

Please welcome all the way from the great state of Texas, Uncle Joe's Dollhouse Company. Houses made in the U.S.A. Uncle Joe's Dollhouse Company will be in the wholesale/retail section of the Mardi Gras Ballroom.
Website: Uncle Joe's Dollhouse Company

See Uncle Joe's Dollhouse Company at the CIMTA 2017 Show!

January 23rd, 2017 - Wholesale Only

January 24th, 2017 - Wholesale until  12:00PM and then Retail until 5:00 PM.

Aristocratic Attic by Cindy Gonzales

Please give a warm welcome to Julia Stewart of Aristocratic Attic. Julia is super super duper talented (I am running out of adjectives and it's Friday afternoon). She will be in the Retail Esplanade Room.

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See Aristocratic Attic at the CIMTA 2017 Retail Show!

January 23rd-24th 2017

Orleans Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Petworth Miniatures by Beverly Simon

We are pleased to announce Gayle Baillargeon of Petworth Miniatures. Yay for quarter scale! Gayle was born and raised in Quebec, and following a university education, she was a racehorse trainer, an Ontario Racing Commission Paddock Judge, an interior decorator, bookstore owner, and of course an artist. Talk about a woman of many talents! Her interest in minis started very early and by high school, she was already selling finished room boxes. She has hand carved furniture and animal sculptures and painted miniature paintings. She describes herself as someone with a short attention span, but this serves her well as she is always pushing her boundaries. She will be in the retail Esplanade.

Source: Petworth Miniatures

See Petworth Miniatures at the CIMTA 2017 Retail Show!

January 23rd-24th 2017

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Miniature Alemikimikrì (Italy) by Cindy Gonzales

Please welcome the gifted Alexandra Cantatore of Miniature Alemikimikrì(Italy)! She will be in the retail Esplanade.

See Miniature Alemikimikri at the CIMTA 2017 Retail Show!

January 23rd-24th 2017

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Faith K Lefever by Cindy Gonzales

We are pleased to announce the ingenious Faith K Lefever.

Hi I am Faith! I live up in the high rockies and love every minute of it!

I just started oil painting this year (2016) and enjoy painting old classics in miniature form as well as painting classics with my own twist.  

Come join me by viewing my progress and growth as a painter while I get paint on literally everything I own. 

Before I started painting my medium of choice was photography, I spent 7 years learning everything I could about photography and retouching. While I still photograph, and still do retouching work, painting has stole my heart and I feel extremely lucky to have the time to practice and paint.   

Faith will be in the retail Esplanade room.
Source: Faith K Lefever

See Faith K Lefever at the CIMTA 2017 Retail Show!

January 23rd-24th 2017

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Las Vegas, Nevada

The Golden Loon by Cindy Gonzales

Please welcome the masterly Nancy Froseth of The Golden Loon.

People who have encountered the loon in its northern home, love this wonderful bird. This bird, the oldest of all living bird species, a survivor, a bird of our times, is a gentle yet mysterious bird with a sense of humor as we watch it dance on the water. It is aggressive and subtle in behavior, intuitive many Norwegians believed the loon could predict the weather and guide fishermen.

For Scandinavians, it is the Spirit of the North - their bird.

Nancy will be in the wholesale/retail section of the Mardi Gras Ballroom.

Source: The Golden Loon

See The Golden Loon at the CIMTA 2017 Show!

January 23rd, 2017 - Wholesale Only

January 24th, 2017 - Wholesale until  12:00PM and then Retail until 5:00 PM.

Orleans Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Whimsy's Cottage Minis by Beverly Simon

Whimsy's Cottage Minis already has her mini bags packed and ready to go to Las Vegas! The talented Sandra Barkley loves colors that pop. She loves adorable & colorful. She has a large array of products. Some include her impeccable suitcases, serving trays, fabrics, pillows and pretty much anything she can turn into whimsical. Please take a look at her items on her website! http://www.whimsycottageminis.com/


See Whimsy's Cottage Minis at the CIMTA 2017 Retail Show!

January 23rd-24th 2017

Orleans Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Wild Wolf Miniatures by Beverly Simon

We are happy to welcome Gideon Wolf of Wild Wolf Miniatures in the retail only Esplanade room. Gideon and his wife live in the beautiful Boulder River Valley, south of the small community of Big Timber, Montana. In 2002, Wolf was looking for something to keep himself busy in his retirement years. Irvin and Sigrid Fjare were family friends and Wolf was always fascinated with the furniture Orvin created. Orvin passed on some skills, techniques and Gideon found himself enjoying himself. After about a year, he purchased his own tools a setup shop. He continued to work with Orvin until he stopped making miniatures. Gideon has created his own pieces since 2008. He continues to make Orvin’s signature piece, the Wooton Cabinet Secretary, other Wooten reproductions and a variety of other furniture.  http://www.wildwolfminiatures.com/

 

See Wild Wolf Miniatures at the CIMTA 2017 Retail Show!

January 23rd-24th 2017

Orleans Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

PRD Miniatures - Paris Renfroe by Cindy Gonzales

I am happy to welcome back the design extraordinaire, Paris Renfroe!

 Artist Bio:

I create highly detailed 1:12 scale modern furniture and structures primarily for collectors, as well as architects and interior designers.

As a furniture designer, I have always enjoyed the model building process when designing and developing prototypes. In my early design years, I would submit a 1:12 scale model of a coffee table or shelving design along with some drawings to a potential client. These were always a huge hit with the clients, and so I began to sign them as art collectibles.

When the recession began in 2008, business slowed to a crawl. To keep my creative spirit alive, I began creating many of my new designs in 1:12 scale and then I’d photograph them together. I needed to create some modern roomboxes to shoot them in, so I focused on shipping containers and the architecture that utilizes them called 'Cargotecture.' Repurposed shipping containers create some very cool, modern residential and commercial spaces so I thought these would make great miniature roomboxes.  In order for my designs to stand out, I decided to name them M112 Pods. M for Modern and 112 for the 1:12 scale that I make them in. Demand for these Pods grew quickly, and so did interest in my 1:12 modern furniture designs.

In 2010 I launched my very first online store PRD Miniatures.com. Currently the business is operated out of my garage, additional employees and a retail space is on the horizon.

My client base ranges from architectural and design professionals, design students, and collectors of modern miniatures. Although I create in the same scale as the more popular dollhouses and furniture in 1:12 scale, I’d describe it being more akin to architectural model building when it comes to form and function.

I see a current trend of people being overwhelmed with the digital era, so going back to actual models as opposed to expensive 3D computer models and renderings. I offer a much more interesting way to learn/teach spacial planning(popular with design students)as well as an affordable solution to creating full size furniture prototypes. I am also pursuing avenues in the diecast car collectible market and the Pet products industry.

 The recession has made many of us reassess our dreams. Many of us have had to 'scale' back on our spending. Creating beautiful pieces in miniature allow many of our clients to achieve their dreams in a much more affordable fashion.

I currently have over 300 clients in over 18 countries and in almost all of the 50 US states. With interest growing in miniatures, I feel that in order to 'go big', I had to 'go small.’

Website: http://www.prdminiatures.com/

Small Stories Dream Room ‘Rejuvenate’ layout - Paris Renfroe/PRD Miniatures

Rejuvenate-

Bathrooms are not just a place for cleansing the body. They can be an escape, a sanctuary for renewal, or rejuvenation. In this room, the viewer becomes the user, drawn in by the clear, calm blue waters that lie just beyond. They might imagine soaking in the large blue tub for two. Maybe they are relaxing in the chaise lounge contemplating whether or not to take a quick swim. Or taking an extended shower  in the indoor/outdoor shower equipped with body jets and oversized rain head. Picture your very own private beach getaway each time you step into your bathroom. As the viewer ponders the possibilities, the ‘Dream’ becomes reality. 


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See PRD Miniatures at the CIMTA 2017 Retail/Wholesale Show!

January 23rd 2017 - Wholesale Only
January 24rd 2017, After 12PM - Retail

Orleans Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Shaker Works West by Beverly Simon

Shaker Works West

I am happy to see Shaker Works West exhibit with us. Ken Byers is known for his shaker & country primitive furniture, dollhouse shaker furniture, antique globes, typewriters, radios, washing machines, and much more. Dr. Byers has been making furniture for the past 30 years. While living in New Hampshire he noticed the Shaker ideals of simplicity, integrity, and honest in Shaker goods (especially furniture). Good work was the embodiment of the Shaker spiritual partnership with God. This in addition to the appreciation for Shaker purism and functionalism became the basis for his love affair with the furniture. 

Ken began young as he built airplanes from scratch. At 15 he won a college scholarship by designing and building a model car for GM Fisher Body Craftsman Guild. He since made models of just about everything. His interest in people lead to a Ph.D. in psychology and two published books on being male in contemporary America. He also served as an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University.

http://www.shakerworkswest.com/index.htm

 

See Shaker Works West at the CIMTA 2017 Retail Show!

January 23rd-24th 2017

Orleans Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada