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‘Miniature Wizardry’ exhibit to mesmerize during First Friday Artwalk

Young Bloods Collective artist Sarah Valentino will showcase her “Miniature Wizardry” exhibition for the first time at the First Friday Artwalk.
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If you go: What: “Miniature Wizardry” When: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 Where: Steamboat Smokehouse, 912 Lincoln Ave.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Viewers prepare your eyes for an adventure through a magical world.

Sarah Valentino, a Young Bloods Collective artist, will showcase her “Miniature Wizardry” exhibition for the first time at the First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Steamboat Smokehouse.

“I love maps, architecture, design and the creating of a feeling of place,” Valentino said. “I’ve attempted to draw a marauder’s map several times because I think having a solid sense of place allows immersion in a story. I started making these miniatures to satisfy my own curiosity and ended up just making it worse.”

Inspiration for the six pieces Valentino created comes from the tales of Harry Potter with scenes like “Hogwarts,” “Diagon Alley,” “The Burrow” and “Dumbledore’s Office.”

To show viewers how she created the pieces, Valentino made a chart that shows the 50 different types of materials she used ranging from paper, wood, paint, beads and more. The smallest materials she used were the seed beads, about 1-millimeter in size, and the biggest materials were the wood boards that were cut into 2- to 6-inch sections.

“I’ve generally done colorful acrylic painting and black-and-white drawings in the past, but this is my comfort zone now,” Valentino said. “Creating has never been this much fun. I can’t wait to start exploring new story themes, like Game of Thrones.”

Her favorite things found in the exhibition include: the stairs in the castle (can you count them?), the floor patterns, the “Diagon Alley” window scenes, the objects in “Dumbledore’s Office” and a box from a scene mentioned in the first “Harry Potter” book.

“It’s about the love of a story that now spans generations,” Valentino said.

The exhibition will remain on display at the Smokehouse throughout the month of December.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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