History of Miniatures
with Darren T. Scala
Founder of D. Thomas Fine Miniatures
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Upcoming Virtual Programs:
Friday, April 23 6pm
Museum of Shenandoah Valley
Lunch & Learn June 17, 2021 12-1pm
Past Events: East Islip, Middle Country Library, Longwood, Emma Clark, Elwood Library, Hampton Bays Library
Meet miniaturist Darren T. Scala from D. Thomas Fine Miniatures. Darren has been passionate about miniatures for as long as he can remember. Darren will share his passion and talk about the about the history of miniatures from ancient times and up until the modern era. Participants will learn about miniatures and how they currently enjoy a renewed interest and have become a pop culture phenomenon. Expect to be encouraged by this great BIG world of TINY and be prepared to come away as a hobbyist, a collector, a miniatures enthusiast, or ALL of these things!
Meet miniaturist Darren T. Scala – Darren has been passionate about miniatures (think dollhouse) for as long as he can remember! Growing up in Brooklyn, NY he was inspired by the miniatures featured in Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make Believe and has been following this passion to this day. In 2014, he founded D. Thomas Fine Miniatures, the retail and gallery destination for all things tiny. Darren is dedicated to raising awareness of miniatures as a hobby and an art form and talks about miniatures at every chance. His excitement and delight about these tiny treasures is infectious.
Darren will present the history of miniatures from the earliest known beginnings during the days of the ancient pharaohs in Egypt, to the renaissance era, when women of a certain social class created cabinet houses (the modern-day equivalent of a dollhouse), all the way to today’s growing interest in small scale treats. Attendees will hear about the growing interest in miniatures and the and pop culture phenomenon they have become through online social media and other virtual spaces. Expect to be encouraged by this “great big world of tiny,” and be prepared to feel inspired to become a hobbyist, collector or a miniatures enthusiast!
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Darren is unapologetic about his passion for the tiny for as long as he could remember. He was inspired at an early age by watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood on television and fascinated by all of the tiny objects it featured. At 8 years old, he asked his father, a cabinet maker by trade, to build him a dollhouse. (This was not something a young boy in Brooklyn, New York asked for during the 1970’s!). With the love and acceptance of his supportive parents, he was gifted a hand-built dollhouse which became the springboard for a lifelong love of miniatures and the drive to follow his passion without hesitation.
Darren says, “…there is something seductive about a miniature – the way your palm can wrap itself around a tiny object. The small, smooth lines of a perfect twelve-inch scaled hand-spindled captain chair rising just three inches high. In my talks, I ask folks to re-think the dollhouse, because often times, the miniatures I talk about are nothing like anything you’ve ever seen or what you may have grown up with. They’re more intricate, more detailed and created with techniques which make them so very awesome!” He says…”my goal is to make everyone a maker, a hobbyist, or simply an enthusiast!” “And, I want folks to see how special and awe-inspiring miniatures can be and encourage my feelings of excitement and delight when they see them!”
Darren is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, receiving a degree in communications. After a longstanding career with Revlon, the international consumer product giant, Scala founded D. Thomas Fine Miniatures, the retail store and gallery in the historic lower Hudson Valley, close to New York City where he began selling quality scale works and showcasing miniatures in shows and ongoing exhibitions. Today, the D. Thomas online retail presence is the destination for fine scale works via estate sales and auctions and in his online shop on Invaluable.com. He spends most of his time working with collectors and families in the pursuit of finding happy homes for their miniatures.
In addition to sharing his Meet the Miniaturist presentation to libraries and organizations (live and virtually) Darren also hosts the online interview series “MEET THE MINIATURIST,” where viewers meet and hear from miniaturists from all over the world. For the past several years Darren has curated an exhibition of holiday miniatures to decorate Nybelwyck Hall, the fantastical dollhouse on permanent view at the Hudson River Museum, in Yonkers, New York. Darren is an active volunteer and former trustee of IGMA, the International Guild of Miniature Artisans. In his free time, Darren is a mentor and volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Hudson Valley New York Chapter.
About D. Thomas Fine Miniatures
D. Thomas Fine Miniatures is an online retail destination featuring scale structure and top quality collectibles including 1/12th inch furniture and accessories. You may find us on Invaluable.com and on eBay. We also scour the planet looking for high quality collections and conduct estate sales on your behalf. Call us and we'll be happy to talk more about our marketing, promotions and sales services!
The concept D. Thomas Fine Miniatures was designed to appeal to collectors, crafters and enthusiasts at all skill levels and abilities, and was created, in part, to raise awareness of miniatures as a decorative art form and to introduce the discipline not only to a new generation but to those who may just be discovering it!
LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT: D. Thomas Fine Miniatures is headquartered in Yonkers, New York but does not have a physical selling location. As of January, 2020, we are no longer in Cold Spring New York - continue to look for us online and follow us on social media!!