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TMTM Founding Executive Director Nina Daldrup Retires, Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb Promoted to Executive Director

 

Tucson, Arizona–June 23, 2016– Nina Daldrup, the Founding Executive Director at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures will retire on June 30, 2016. The museum’s Director of Education and Associate Director, Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb will promote to Executive Director.

Nina Daldrup

TMTM Founding Executive Director, Nina Daldrup

Daldrup began work at the museum on April 17, 2009, five months before the building was completed and the museum opened to the public. In the seven years since, Daldrup has been instrumental in attracting and welcoming more than a quarter of a million visitors to the 15,000 square-foot museum, along with more than 5,000 members. She set and maintained standards for excellence in the operation of what has become one of a handful of nationally acclaimed world-class museums in Tucson, Arizona. Believing The Mini Time Machine’s most important role to be that of a strong community partner, Daldrup examined the art form of miniature-making from many perspectives and guided the development of educationally enriching programs that are accessible to all ages and grounded in the beneficial psycho-social aspects unique to miniatures. The Museum has balanced its budget and set aside funds in a board-designated endowment every year since opening. It maintains a healthy ratio of earned revenue to contributions while offering subsidies to schools and social service organizations for the costs of admission and transportation to the museum. More than 90,000 children in Pima County have attended the museum or participated in an outreach program as a result of these efforts. Daldrup’s highest priority has been to work alongside founders Patricia and Walter Arnell to ensure their dream of sharing the fun, and the magic, of miniatures.

“The Mini Time Machine Museum is so fortunate to have come of age at this time, and in this community, where stuffy thinking about art has all but vanished and people seek delightfully diverse experiences for their creative expression. We have made a very good start, and there is so much more to discover,” says Daldrup.

Nina Daldrup’s career in non-profit management spans more than two decades. She has held administrative positions at Arizona Opera, Flandrau Science Center, Tucson Museum of Art and The University of Arizona College of Education. Daldrup holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from The University of Arizona and has served on the advisory boards of Arizonans for Cultural Development, La Paloma Family Services, the Rotary Club of Tucson, Rotary Club of Tucson Foundation and Salvation Army. She currently holds executive and advisory board positions with Tucson Science Works and The Lester and Roberta Smith Foundation.

Daldrup, a recent breast cancer survivor, has begun a personal quest to learn everything she can about the human genome. She looks forward to spending her retirement understanding yet another magical, microscopic world.

Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb

TMTM Incoming Executive Director, Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb

Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb will assume the position of Executive Director on July 1, 2016. Hastreiter-Lamb has been the Director of Education and Associate Director of the museum since May 18, 2009. In that time, she has recruited and trained 105 volunteers and interns, curated over 20 exhibits and developed and implemented such long running programs as Kids Create, Tiny Tales and Summer Camp.

“It has been a privilege to be part of the team led by Nina Daldrup that opened The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures for founders Patricia and Walter Arnell in 2009. Pat Arnell’s vision, combined with Nina Daldrup’s leadership, has resulted in a museum that captivates the imagination and surpasses visitor’s expectations. Continuing to surprise and delight visitors of all ages is my goal as I move into the role of Executive Director. We will focus on bringing in exhibits of a unique nature and enhancing the permanent collection displays with new gallery interactives and cross-disciplinary programs. We will select and design our programs with diverse audiences in mind, so that the museum experience is something everyone can enjoy. My hope is that The Mini Time Machine Museum will be widely considered a must-see destination in Tucson,” says Hastreiter-Lamb.

Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb has been a museum educator for more than 20 years and has taught studio art, crafts and art history to youth and adults. Prior to joining The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, she spent thirteen years at the University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA), where she held the position of Associate Curator of Education from 1996-2003 and Curator of Education from 2003-2009. She is an active member of Tucson’s museum community and served as President of the Tucson Association of Museums in 2006. Hastreiter-Lamb earned a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA from the University of Arizona, concentrating in painting. She is a practicing artist and lives in Sahuarita, AZ where she maintains her painting studio.

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New York Exhibit of International Contemporary Artists Working in Miniature Opens at The Mini Time Machine January 2016

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Beauty Shop, Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber, 2010

Tucson, Ariz—January 20, 2016– Feel Big Live Small, a multi-media exhibit originally organized by Elan Smithee of apexart in NYC, will open at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures on Saturday, January 23, 2016 and run through April 17, 2016.

The exhibit includes over 20 mixed media works of art created by 12 artists from across the globe who have chosen miniatures as their medium to explore conceptual and theoretical views of modern life.

Exhibiting artist Thomas Doyle states; “In my experience, working at a small scale invites viewers into a personal, intimate relationship with the piece. At the same time, the very nature of small scales keeps us at a distance, unable to fully “enter” the work. I am interested in mystery, and absurdity, and wonder, and I often juxtapose opposing elements and scenarios to warp and upend reality. Working in a small scale gives me the opportunity to create something that is both “real” and “unreal” at the same time. Conversely, the creation of small worlds gives us the illusion of control. In a world that grows ever more faster and chaotic, in a world in which we are bombarded with imagery, artworks in small scales allow us a place of retreat, where time has stopped.”

The exhibit Feel Big Live Small is included with museum admission and includes a gallery guide and interactive activity. More information about this exhibit can be found here. Exhibit photos available upon request.

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The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures Celebrates its 6th Anniversary with Free Admission, Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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Tucson, Ariz—August 24, 2015- The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures will celebrate its 6th anniversary by offering free admission on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 9am-4pm.

Visitors will be able to explore the museum on their own, use one of several printed themed gallery guides or access audio tours via their own smartphone or tablet. The museum’s hands-on Art Carts will be available for exploration between 10:30am and 2:30pm.

General admission to the museum is regularly $9. Visitors can check out tips for visiting and other resources here.
About The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

Located in Tucson, Arizona, The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve and advance the art of miniatures. Since opening on September 1, 2009, the museum has seen over 245,000 visitors and hosted 20 temporary exhibits in addition to its permanent collection. The museum was recently awarded an Arizona Commission on the Arts Community Investment Grant of $15,000 for the fiscal year 2016. The museum plans to allocate funds to develop Spanish language resources and to bring new exhibits to the museum. For more information about the museum, please visit www.theminitimemachine.org or call 520-881-0606. Photos available upon request.

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Mending the Soul with Miniature Stitches: The Needlework of Ray Materson Opens at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures September 22nd

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Detail from Ogre All Stars- Sunday Afternoon, Ray Materson, photo courtesy of the Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection

Tucson, Ariz—June 17, 2015– A new temporary exhibit, Mending the Soul with Miniature Stitches: The Needlework of Ray Materson, will open at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures on September 22, 2015. The exhibit will feature twenty-three narrative small-scale needleworks on loan from the Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection in New York, which were created by artist Ray Materson from threads of socks on scraps of bed sheets while imprisoned. The exhibit will be open through January 10, 2016.

While serving a fifteen-year prison sentence for drug-related crimes, an angry and sorrowful Ray Materson sought redemption and found solace in stitching his life story using scraps of bed sheets as a canvas and threads from socks he unraveled. Materson’s small-scale needlework provided a vehicle for him to contemplate the experiences that shaped his life and led to his downfall, while simultaneously fueling his redemption. This selection of twenty-three miniatures, which Materson created while imprisoned, presents the story of an all-American boy who lost his way and literally mended his soul, sewing small narratives with 1,200 stitches per square-inch.

Artist Biography

Ray Materson is a nationally renowned, self-taught artist who found inspiration in a pair of socks while in prison. During the first year of his 15-year sentence for drug-related offenses, Ray traded some cigarettes for a pair of socks, secured a sewing needle from a prison guard and started stitching his way to redemption.

Most of his narrative miniature masterpieces measure less than 2.5″ x 3″ and include approximately 1,200 stitches per square inch. His unique works have been featured in numerous exhibitions including the American Museum of Folk Art in New York City, The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD, The Center for Contemporary Art in Seattle, WA and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. Many of his pieces currently reside in private collections, including those of William Louis-Dreyfus & John Malkovich.

Since his release from prison in 1995, Ray has worked as a teacher, counselor, caseworker, program director, design consultant and speaker. With the help of his former wife Melanie, he published his autobiography, Sins and Needles: A Story of Spiritual Mending (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2002). In 2003, he became the first artist to ever receive the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Innovators Combating Substance Abuse Award.

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The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures to Participate in Blue Star Museums 2015

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Tucson, AZ – May 22, 2105 – Today The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move.

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures will offer free admission to active-duty military and up to five family members for general admission during museum hours between May 23, 2015 and September 6, 2015.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members. For questions on particular exhibits, please contact the museum directly.

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The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures Co-Founder Walter J. Arnell Passed Away at Ninety-One

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It is with great sadness that The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures announces thepassing of co-founder Walter J. Arnell on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife and museum founder, Patricia C. Arnell, as well as two daughters and four grandchildren.

Dr. Arnell had a rich and interesting life as a pilot, engineer, academic and filmmaker. Born British, he experienced World War II as an apprentice at the Royal Aircraft Establishment in England and later flew diving test flights of the renowned Spitfire to perfect instrumentation by predicting the point of no return. A taste of California while in service with the Merchant Marines led him to later return to southern California where he met his wife. He went on to get a doctorate in Engineering Psychology from University College London and returned again to the United States to take the position of Professor of Engineering at USC. When Cal State Long Beach started, he was invited to join the Engineering Faculty and was appointed its Dean.

The couple and their children later moved to Hawaii, where Arnell helped to define a groundbreaking research program in the engineering field, sustainability. There, the couple’s beachfront house attracted the attention of the producers of Hawaii Five-O, and a number of episodes were filmed at their home. It was then that Arnell became interested in filmmaking. Over the years, he took up filmmaking and editing as a serious avocation. He went on to make, and sell commercially, films on a wide variety of topics, which led to many adventures from the Arctic to the Antarctic and several awards.

When the Arnells moved to Tucson in the late 1970s, he became affiliated with the University of Arizona’s Systems & Industrial Engineering Department, where he was instrumental in developing the department’s experimental, but very successful, masters degree program for students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-technical field.

It was during this time that Mrs. Arnell became heavily involved with creating and collecting miniatures. Her interest led to travels around the world and participation in national organizations such as NAME (the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts). Dr. Arnell accompanied her on these trips and became involved himself, serving in several positions on the Board of Trustees for NAME.

By 2005 Mrs. Arnell’s collection had become so extensive that she dreamed of a way to share it with others. Dr. Arnell was very involved in turning this dream into a reality. The couple selected an architect and exhibit designers to bring their vision to life. The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures was established as a nonprofit 501(c)3 and opened its doors to the public on September 1, 2009.

A private service was held and the museum will mount an exhibit of aircraft and other conveyances in his memory, slated to open in the fall of 2016.

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The Mini Museum Announces Free Event for People with Autism and Their Families

Tucson, Ariz—March 31, 2015- The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures will host an exclusive event for people with autism and their families called My Time at The Mini on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 2pm-4pm.

This private event will provide a museum experience that is comfortable, protected and accepting, while allowing guests to connect with other families. Admission is free to pre-registered guests.

My Time at The Mini will include access to the museum’s galleries with modification to the light and sound effects. Hands-on encounters with miniatures and a miniature craft activity will also be available for those who would like a tactile experience.

In 2014, the Center for Disease Control estimated 1 in 68 children nationally are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, making it the most prevalent childhood developmental disorder in the U.S. (CDC 2014). My Time at The Mini was inspired by similar programs at other museums around the country.

“Families affected by autism have indicated they wished there was a time and place just for them, and this is what we hope to provide.” says Mini Time Machine Director of Education, Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb.

For more information about this event or to register, please visit www.theminitimemachine.org/my-time

For information about the museum’s other accessibility programs and resources, please visit www.theminitimemachine.org/accessibility

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New Historical Figure Debuts with Exhibit at The Mini Museum

Tucson, Ariz—January 26, 2015- A new Historical Figure created by artist George Stuart will debut with the exhibit Diamonds Are Forever: The Incredible Journeys of World-Famous Diamonds & the People Who Owned Them at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, Arizona on January 27, 2015.

The new figure to join the exhibit is Evalyn Walsh McLean, American mining heiress and socialite in the early 20th century and the last private owner of the Hope Diamond. The addition of McLean brings the number of Historical Figures in the exhibit to 19 and completes the stories of 10 world-famous diamonds, tracing their circuitous journeys from the mines of present-day India to the hands of the rich and famous across the United States and Europe.

Mrs. McLean purchased the 45.52 carat Hope Diamond from Cartier in Paris in 1911. Her purchase may have been influenced by intrigue over the alleged curse the stone carried. McLean’s flamboyant ownership of the stone (it is rumored she let her pet poodle wear it at parties), continued until her death in 1947. Harry Winston Inc. acquired the stone when they purchased McLean’s entire jewelry collection, and eventually donated it to the Smithsonian Institution. The stone’s previous history, dating back to the 1600s, is told through other Historical Figures in the exhibit– including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

The exhibition is the result of a unique collaboration between artists George S. Stuart of Ojai, California, and Scott Sucher of Tijeras, New Mexico.

George Stuart creates quarter-life-size figures capturing the essence of history’s most famous and infamous personalities. To date, he has created more than 400 Historical Figures, which have been exhibited at museums across the country– including the Smithsonian. Like the other Historical Figures in the exhibit, Mr. Stuart created the figure of Evalyn Walsh McLean from mixed media. Once a subject is selected, Stuart carefully studies the personality using paintings, drawings, photos, contemporary texts, anatomy references and even autopsy reports. Figures begin with an articulated skeleton of iron sized to the best anatomical data, followed by clay tape and cotton to form bones and muscles, which are then covered by a felt skin. Heads, hands and feet are sculpted and painted. A scalp of Icelandic sheepskin and hair dyed appropriately are meticulously applied and styled. Garments and undergarments, in accordance with the times, are fully functional. Stuart has presented McLean in 1920s high fashion, wearing the Hope Diamond in its most famous setting– as a pendant surrounded by sixteen white diamonds. Scott Sucher created this replica, to scale, specifically for this figure.

Evalyn Walsh McLean by George Stuart, photo courtesy of the collection of George Stuart Historical Figures.

Evalyn Walsh McLean by George Stuart, photo courtesy of the collection of George Stuart Historical Figures.

Scott Sucher has dedicated his life to the documentation and replication of famous historical diamonds. His full-scale replicas, made from cubic zirconia, have been exhibited worldwide and earned him high praise from experts within the gem and jewelry industry. His extensive work and research on the Hope Diamond was featured in the 2005 Discovery Channel documentary, Unsolved History: The Hope Diamond.

Diamonds Are Forever: The Incredible Journeys of World-Famous Diamonds & the People Who Owned Them will be on exhibit at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures from January 27, 2015 through April 19, 2015 and is included with museum admission. The exhibit was developed and produced by Museum of Ventura County. This is the only Arizona engagement scheduled to date.

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Diamonds are Forever Travels from The Museum of Ventura County to The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in January 2015

Tucson, Ariz—December 15, 2014- A new temporary exhibit, Diamonds are Forever: The Incredible Journeys of World-Famous Diamonds & the People Who Owned Them, will be traveling from the Museum of Ventura County to be exhibited at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, Arizona from January 27 through April 19, 2015.

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Catherine the Great with the Orlov diamond. Image courtesy of the Museum of Ventura County. Other images available via the media contact below.

Diamonds are Forever: The Incredible Journeys of World-Famous Diamonds & the People Who Owned Them, provides the unique opportunity to experience the dazzling beauty of world-famous diamonds while tracing their circuitous journeys from the mines of present-day India to the hands of the rich and famous across Europe and the United States. These stories are told through 18 quarter-life-size Historical Figures, including Catherine the Great, Napoleon, Louis XIV and the Shah Jahan, and 10 replica diamonds including the Hope, the French Blue and the Orlov.

The exhibition is the result of a unique collaboration between artists George S. Stuart of Ojai, California, and Scott Sucher of Tijeras, New Mexico. Stuart creates quarter-life-size figures capturing the essence of history’s most famous and infamous personalities. To date, he has created more than 400 Historical Figures, which have been exhibited at museums across the country– including the Smithsonian. Sucher has dedicated his life to the documentation and replication of famous historical diamonds. His full-scale replicas, made from cubic zirconia, have been exhibited world-wide and earned him high praise from experts within the gem and jewelry industry.

This exhibit was developed and produced by the Museum of Ventura County. This is the only Arizona engagement scheduled to date. Click here for more information about this exhibit >>

 

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The Mini Museum Announces Free Admission in Celebration of its 5th Anniversary during September 2014

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures will be celebrating its fifth anniversary by offering free admission and twenty-percent off new memberships during the month of September 2014. General admission to the Museum is regularly nine dollars.

The Mini Museum opened its doors to the public on September 1, 2009. Since opening, more than 190,000 people have visited the museum.

The Museum has received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and is currently ranked in the top 10 attractions in Tucson on TripAdvisor.com. The Official Best of Arizona TV Series awarded the Museum Best Unique Museum Experience in 2013 and The Chicago Tribune has claimed; “The magic of this place cannot be overstated.”

“We are overwhelmed with the positive feedback from visitors since opening. We wanted to celebrate by providing an opportunity for everyone to experience the delight of miniatures.” says The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures founder Patricia Arnell.

“By opening our doors free of charge for an entire month we hope that everyone will have the opportunity to discover and enjoy the truly unique arts experience we have to offer. Ticket revenue is only one aspect of what a museum needs to thrive in a dynamic community. We hope that by eliminating this barrier, we will engage many of our visitors and well-wishers to invest in a deeper commitment to the Museum and its mission by becoming members, by shopping in our Museum Store and by becoming donors who wish to support the valuable work we do in education and outstanding exhibits.” says Nina Daldrup, Executive Director at the Museum.

For more information about visiting the museum in September, please click here.

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