Day 4: The Artful Gift and the Joy of Little Things

December 11, 2014

Today we bring you a holiday double-header: December’s featured artist at the A&E Amherst cafe is Marcia Vanolinda of Milford, who is all about the little things in life – she makes miniatures: little cats, little houses, little snowmen. It’s her niche, and something she creates in a variety of mediums, including acrylic and wood. A selection of her creations are on display – and for sale – in the Amherst cafe this month.

Her love for art took root as a kid, growing up in a family of artists, including her great-great-grandmother, Ellen B. Farr, a New Hampshire born painter whose work is still circulating.

Marcia says her interest in miniatures can be traced back to something her dad said to her when she was only about 5.

“My three older sisters were collecting horse statues, and I imagined how it would be if there were little people small enough to sit on them. I talked about small people all the time, but I also wanted to collect something of my own,” says Marcia. “I asked my dad what I should collect, and he said, ‘You should collect little things.’”

Not only has she amassed a collection of thousands of “little things” of her own, but she loves to create little things as well – she paints them in a variety of sizes, and also carves them.

She’s also currently creating a collection of 1-inch round wooden necklace charms featuring anything from little landscapes and wildlife, to portraits of beloved pets, which she happily creates upon request.

“I carved a little rowboat and a teeny wooden house and put them on a little round platform to make a little scene with a little snowman,” says Marcia.

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She’s also currently creating a collection of 1-inch round wooden necklace charms featuring anything from little landscapes to and wildlife, to portraits of beloved pets, which she happily creates upon request.

“I do a lot of pet portraits,” she says. “People really love them.”

Stop by our Amherst café, 135 Route 101A, anytime in the month of December, to see samples of Marcia’s work. Even better, check out her 8×10 and 11×14 nature scenes, some already in beautiful frames and ready for gifting. Marcia has also included smaller painted wooden plaques and hand-painted decorations – equally giftable for those who appreciate a one-of-a-kind gift while supporting local artists.

Remember, great gifts come in small packages.

Marcia says she is typical of many artists, who would rather express themselves through the unique creations they produce.

“I don’t talk about my work very often. I just love creating,” she says.

If you’re looking for more gift ideas for people on your Christmas list, you can refer back to our earlier “12 Days of Christmas” posts.

On Day 1, we selected the A&E Travel Mug.
On Day 2, we selected the Chemex, a gift of form and function for the home brewer.
On Day 3, we selected some beans with a backstory.

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