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Open House: New Work by Miniaturist Jill Orlov

Join us for a special open house in the Gallery here at D. Thomas Fine Miniatures on Sunday May 21 from 3-5pm as we celebrate our latest exhibition of fine art miniatures: THOSE WERE THE DAYS.

In this new show, miniaturist Jill Orlov is inspired by iconic pop culture television studio sets and reimagines their environments, as one-twelfth scale shadowboxes, using steel and other reclaimed objects.

Jill is a classically trained and award-winning architect, sculptural furniture designer and innovative miniaturist. She uses mild steel she makes by hand along with cast metals and reclaimed objects including vintage wooden drawers, crates, plumbing parts, and other items often considered to be castaways.

This concept of creating “reimagined” spaces extends into her Contained Objects of Art series of 1/12th scale miniature vignettes, including an exciting new piece created for her solo exhibition in The Gallery.

"Archie and Edith’s Sitting Room in a Box” is based loosely on the now famous living room set from the 1970’s television sitcom All in the Family, and includes her “reimagined” view of Archie’s tattered wingback chair juxtaposed to Edith’s more lady-like “pin-cushion”chair. The vignette is set inside a wooden drawer from a 1950’s office cabinet (you can almost hear Archie bellow “stifle it, Edith!"

Archie & Edith's Sitting Room in a Box 15-1/4" wide x 6" deep x 15-1/2" tall

This signature piece will be displayed along with two other vignettes including the open plan first floor inspired by The Brady Bunch and Julia Child’s Kitchen also used as her TV set in Cambridge, Massachusetts. These whimsical and intricately styled settings form the new exhibition.

Brady Bunch Stair in a Box 17-1/4" wide x 7-1/2" deep x 15-3/4" tall

The exhibition is based on the concept developed by Darren T. Scala, curator of the The Gallery at D. Thomas Fine Miniatures. “Like so many who came of age in the 1970s’s, Jill and I have deep creative and artistic connections to the television shows we watched. We have created this exhibition to display the continuing influence of 1970’s pop icon television on art, design, the decorative arts and contemporary culture. I am thrilled to showcase Jill’s amazing work!” says Scala.

Julia's Kitchen in a Box 20-1/4" wide x 10-1/4" deep x 12-5/8" tall

THOSE WERE THE DAYS will be on view from May 21 through July 31 in the Gallery at D. Thomas Fine Miniatures. An Open House celebration is scheduled for Sunday May 21, 3-5pm and will be attended by Ms. Orlov. Contact us here for more information, visit us in the Gallery or click here to purchase.

Check out our 3-part Podcast posted on our You Tube channel for our interview with Ms. Orlov.



D. Thomas Fine Miniatures is a retail and gallery destination featuring top quality collectibles including 1/12th scale structure, furniture and accessories. The concept, designed to appeal to collectors, crafters and enthusiasts 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! The gallery space showcases work in miniature by well-known artists from all over the world.

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