TIPP CITY — This month, take a look at the streets of Tipp City from a new perspective — through the works of miniature building artist Gail Stickelman.
A recently opened exhibit at Studio 14 Gallery features the works of Stickelman and painter Logan Rogers, whose art is inspired by street scenes of Tipp City and Miami County. The exhibit runs until Feb. 25.
Stickelman, a retired engineer, has created more than 100 miniature building replicas, including a two-block section of historic downtown Tipp City, which is on display in the exhibit.
“It includes streetlights and street markings, trees and everything. It’s a total scene,” Stickelman said. The replica is about 1/16-inch to the foot, he said.
The Tipp City resident started with miniature shipbuilding, but grew bored with it. He donated his collection of ships to the local library.
“I was experimenting one day and thought, ‘Why don’t I try doing a building?’ And I did it and I liked it,” he said. He thought he wouldn’t do more than 50 or so, but he’s still having fun with the hobby more than 100 buildings later.
He builds replicas of any building he finds interesting, including the Hayner Center and Miami County Courthouse in Troy and the Wright Brothers home, Hawthorn Hill.
Stickelman doesn’t limit his focus to historical buildings and has accepted commissions for homes, businesses and hospitals.
He starts each project by extensively photographing his subject — when building his downtown replica, he utilized Google Maps to get the tops of the buildings right — and then establishing a scale for the project.
A street front replica of a building might take him about a week to complete, but a more complex project takes longer. It took Stickelman more than three months to complete a replica of the Miami County Courthouse.
The exhibit also features local artist Logan Rogers, who specializes in acrylic paintings of the familiar landscapes of southwest Ohio.
A graduate of Tippecanoe High School, Rogers’ landscapes and street scenes are inspired by the sense of history found in places where generations of people have lived.
Rogers earned a bachelor’s in fine art from Ohio University.
In addition to fine arts displays, Studio 14 is also host to a variety of arts classes and workshops. For more information, visitwww.studio14gallery.com or call (937) 506-8153. Studio 14 is located at 115 W. Main St., Tipp City.
The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Monday and additonal hours by appointment.
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