December 2016 Site Update and More

Time for the semi-annual update to! We have a bounty of riches to share from what we’ve collected over the last few months, as well as exciting new work that was shown at the MMSI Chicago show in October and the MFCA show in Valley Forge last Spring. To start, we have the newest projects from this site’s editors and founders: two new boxes by Jim DeRogatis, with accompanying articles on the construction of each linked from the artist’s page; two new boxes by Barry Biediger, and the newest project by Darryl Audette, which also features a closer look linked from the artist’s page.

Next, we have a small but striking box from master modelers Dennis Levy and Anders Heintz, “The Dawn of Independence,” which they generously built as a donation for the World Expo Figure Auction. We’ve also added a new photo by Penny Meyer of Dennis’ classic box “Du Haut de ces Pyramides: Forty Centuries Look Down Upon Me.” And (drum roll, please!), another master of the form, Nick Infield, has not only shared photos of his latest box, “He Swims Among Us,” but contributed a fantastic step-by-step (or maybe stroke-by-stroke) article on its construction, linked from his artist’s page, or accessible via our Features Articles page.

Artists new to the site include José María Bolio; Dave Reynolds, and Ricardo Ruiz Gomez; be sure to check out their work!

Quite a few boxes have been added to the Various Artists’ New Work page, including pieces by Greek modeler Vasilis Triantafyllou, a fantasy box by Japanese modeler Mitsuo Kure done as an homage to Shep Paine and Frank Frazetta, and two pieces by junior modeler Mike McFadden. We’ve also added some shots of “Kingfisher Morning,” a charming box by dollhouse miniaturists Sans Robinson (a.k.a. Rosie Duck Designs) to the Various Artists/Older Work page.

Bob Sarnowski took a fantastic new photo of John Long’s box “Meanwhile Up the Street” at the Chicago show, and we’ve added that to John’s page about the making of that box. John Reid has a new box diorama, “Keepers of the Flame, 1918-1929,” and we’ve added some more links to sites on the Web sure to be of interest on our Links Page.

Finally, below you’ll find some links to stories of interest to followers of this site on the Web. And, if you haven’t heard, expert box diorama builders Dennis Levy and Nick Infield will be hosting a seminar on this art form as part of World Expo Chicago 2017 in July. We hope you’ll register for their talk here, and come and show your work at the fabulous Downton Chicago Hilton from July 7-9; be sure to explore the World Expo Web site for all the details. Meanwhile, happy holidays, and keep modeling!

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