Madelyn Cook: A Retrospective Opens at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures on April 1st

A new temporary exhibit, Madelyn Cook: A Retrospective, will be open from April 1, 2014 through June 1, 2014 at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, Arizona. The exhibit will feature a dozen miniatures created by renowned miniature artist Madelyn Cook over the course of her career.

From the early 1970s to the end of the 20th century, Madelyn Cook worked in the 1:12 scale (one inch represents one foot) and quarter scale (one quarter of an inch represents one foot) creating furniture accessories, roomboxes and fine-scale miniature dollhouses.

La Petit Lagniappe is a 19-room quarter scale mansion featuring over 210 pieces of period furniture. Its entire footprint is only 22 inches square. Photo by Amy Haskell.
La Petit Lagniappe is a 19-room quarter scale mansion featuring over 210 pieces of period furniture. Its entire footprint is only 22 inches square. Photo by Amy Haskell.

The inspirations behind the miniatures in this exhibit are as varied as fairytale literature, childhood Christmas memories and a Chinese garden from Shanghai’s Old Town. The one thing that they all have in common is Cook’s penchant for storytelling, exacting research and attention to detail. The extraordinary craftsmanship will be evident in the miniatures on display. However, this exhibit will also give the viewer a glimpse into the artist’s process through the display of personal notes, sketches and photographs.

Throughout her career, Cook taught classes, spoke at engagements across the country and contributed to all of the major miniature magazines. Madelyn Cook and her late husband Jim hailed from California and made Tucson their home later in life. They were deeply involved with the Tucson Garden Railway Society since its inception in 1994. Mrs. Cook currently resides in Maine.

 

Of the twelve miniatures in this exhibit, six are on permanent display at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures and three have never been exhibited. This exhibit is included with museum admission or free for museum members.

Media inquiries please contact:
Gentry Spronken, Director of Marketing and Communications
520-881-0606 or by email

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures Launches a Program to Provide Free Educational Field Trips.

January 23, 2014- Tucson, Arizona

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures has launched a new program called Sizing Up My World to provide free museum field trips coupled with outreach presentations to youth in Pima County.

Betsy Apking with Bliss Houses

Betsy Apking with Bliss Houses

Sizing Up My World is the brainchild of The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures’ Vegrandis 2013 Event Chair, Betsy Apking. Vegrandis is the Museum’s annual fundraiser, which in 2013 raised the funds necessary to establish the program. Apking fondly recalled the school field trips to the state capital from her childhood and recognized the tragedy of the decline of funds available for such educational and inspiring field trips for today’s youth.

A new study titled The Educational Value of Field Trips indicates that museum visits enable students to improve their critical thinking skills, develop historical empathy and show increased tolerance. Sometimes a school field trip is the only opportunity a child has to visit a museum, accessing our cultural heritage and reaping these benefits. In fact, the study demonstrates that these gains are much larger for students from disadvantaged groups. Unfortunately, educational field trips are being cut from many school programs due to budget constraints and rigorous testing standards.

Exploring Yu Yuan

Exploring Yu Yuan

Sizing Up My World will address both of these issues by providing mini grants for transportation, admission and outreach presentations to schools and family service providers. The tours and presentations are developed to support classroom objectives in the Arizona Common Core standards in Math, English, Language Arts and Social Studies. The museum’s grants review staff will award these mini grants until funds are depleted. Educators and family service providers will need to apply online at least four weeks before their anticipated visit.

Evaluation of the program and its impact on children and families in Pima County will be ongoing. Representatives from the Museum hope community members will recognize the value of the program and continue to make contributions to it, so that ultimately every child in Pima County will have this opportunity. For more information about this program, or to make a donation, please visit www.theminitimemachine.org/sizing-up-my-world

 

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Media Inquiries Contact:
Gentry Spronken, Director of Marketing & Communications at 520-881-0606 ext. 104 or by email

Program Inquiries Contact:
Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb, Director of Education at 520-881-0606 ext. 105 or by email

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures Awarded Best Unique Museum Experience in Arizona

December 27, 2103–Tucson, AZ

Official Best Of TV Series, the producer of The Official Best of Arizona Television Show, awarded The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures of Tucson, Arizona the Official Best Unique Museum Experience Award for 2013. The half hour show features the top destinations, attractions and top performing businesses in a variety of categories.

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures was chosen for this year’s recognition because of high customer satisfaction rates and reviews across the board, including 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor and 4 star review on Yelp.

The show will air on the Discovery Channel nationwide on Christmas morning, 2013, at 7:00am MST (some carriers 6am). It will also air on KPHO (CBS) in Phoenix at 10am on Saturday, December 28, 2013 and in Tucson on KOLD (CBS) at 4pm.

 

A New Exhibit, Netsuke and Diminutive Carvings from Japan, Opens at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures on September 24, 2013

Click here to read the 09.20.13 press release.

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures Celebrates its 4th Anniversary with Free Admission on September 1st

Click here to read the 08.15.13 press release.

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