Call To Artists

2021 Vancouver Island Miniature Masterpiece Art Show

Excellent Frameworks – Home of the EJ Hughes Gallery

November 7 – 30, 2021

2021 marks our fifth annual art show featuring miniature works of art for Excellent Frameworks Gallery, located in downtown Duncan, B.C. The show was initially created to give artists an opportunity to challenge themselves with this technique in an accessible way as Excellent Frameworks provides the framing for each work of art. We will host the show during the month of November as we find this to be a celebratory season to not only gather artists, but also to increase sales for our artists. There is a “Best in Show” ribbon as well as a “People’s Choice” ribbon that will be chosen by the staff at Excellent Frameworks and a Guest Juror (tba).

This year we are asking artists to submit works with a circular theme. From ancient cultures to modern art, circles feature either symbolically or purely visually. Ancient alchemy, yin yang, and Jung … circles beckons the viewer to look in. It represents the central focus, the protective boundaries, the spiritual energy. It is the union between heaven and earth, it is the geometry of the psyche. So where do you begin to understand the meaning of circles? You can’t …”You can only come full circle in growing your awareness of its symbolic importance” (quote from What’s Your Sign).

Application Requirements

1. One original work of art per artist created in the past year, not previously shown in the Cowichan Valley.

2. Works of art must be a 2 3/8” circle, with allowance for 1/8”to be overlapped by matboard, preferably on a flat, smooth working surface such as matboard, hardboard, glass, aluminum…anything that will provide a surface suitable for creating minute details with your chosen medium. We personally find that canvas has a rough surface that does not suit miniature details, but we also trust that you are comfortable with your substrate and will choose whatever suits your style.

3. All frames provided will be cut to 6″ x 6″ with a 2 1/4” circular opening for your artwork (the matboard will slightly overlap your art, which is why we ask for art to be 2 3/8” x 2 3/8”) Glazing and backing are provided. No size variations accepted.

4. We will not accept works that are not miniature in technique. (see below for more information) Unaccepted works of art – artists will be notified by October 22nd via phone or email.

5. Commission of 50% will be deducted from sales. Payments will be issued by cheque in December, available to be picked up in person or mailed.

6. Works submitted must be for sale with a minimum retail price of $100.

7. Youth Entries (under 16): Works can be the recommended size, but can be up to 4″ x 4″. (matboard will be adjusted at drop off).

8. Submit a one paragraph artist statement with reflection on how the circular theme relates to your artwork. This statement will be displayed with your work of art.

Registering/Frame Pickup In Person:

Registration and free frame pickup August 16 – 31, Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Art drop off anytime before October 15th with the frame selected in August. Please note that we appreciate you assembling your artwork at your home in the framing provided. Ensure there is no dust behind the glass and no streaks or fingerprints visible. We will put suitable backing and hanging wires on the back.


Registering/Framing By Mail:

For our out-of-town artists, we ask that you trust that we will choose a suitable frame for your artwork. Please mail in your entry as per size requirement above and we will do all the assembly for you.

Registration, artwork, and prepaid return envelope mailed by October 1st to:

Miniature Masterpiece

c/o Excellent Frameworks Gallery

115 Kenneth St. Duncan, B.C. V9L 1N5


If you wish to keep the framing provided by Excellent Frameworks, and your piece does not sell during the show, please contact the gallery at 250-746-7112 or to provide extra fee for return shipping cost. Please note that we do not charge for the custom framing itself (our gift to you).

Artist Reception and Opening Saturday, November 7th 10am to 2pm.

All artists are invited to attend!

Unsold works of art will be available for pickup in December. Works will be returned in the frame you chose (our gift to you). Online images will be available of the works in the show the first week of November via Facebook and Instagram – follow us @ExcellentFrameworks!

Final little details (ahem):

Miniature art is about application and scale. Even if the artwork is “small” it will not qualify if the subject is not painstakingly smaller than life or the abstraction is not convincingly miniature.

Fiber Art: Dowelling for tapestry – think toothpick or skewer sized. Embroidery hoop that fits in the palm of your hand.

Portraits: The head and shoulders must not exceed 1” within the composition.

Printmakers: Hand-pulled limited edition runs are welcome.

Photography: Please use diorama illusion or a miniature pinhole camera.

Works must be finished and exhibition worthy. Does the art stand up to the brutal eye of the magnifying glass? Under close observation, is it accomplished in composition, color, balance, and concept?

Suggested websites to visit for miniature artwork online research:

For further information, please contact Suzan at 250-746-7112

or email

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