Good things can come in small packages in Sidney art show

Small Expressions art show will see various art work on display in Sidney for most of March.

Some of last year's Small Expressions pieces.

Some of last year's Small Expressions pieces.

They say good things come in small packages and this year’s Small Expressions Art Show will prove just that.

Small Expressions was started seven years ago by fabric artist Dale MacEwan.

“It’s just always a variety of paintings and sculpture and ceramics…” she told the PNR.

Her idea was to hold the show in March, as it was a time to get the Tulista Gallery up and running again as they typically close every January for maintenance.

Having seen other galleries with small works or shows, MacEwan said it seems to be one that’s popular as it’s art that is do-able, but at the same is a challenge for artists who are used to creating larger pieces.

Since the show’s start in 2011 with 32 artists entering, it has grown and has continued to grow. Last year, the show saw 59 artists entering 170 items.

“We’ll see the same people entering every year, but also every year there’s new entries (and) new people coming in,” said MacEwan.

Artists can enter up to three items at the cost of $15, and pieces must be 12 inches by 12 inches or smaller.

The art on display will range from paintings to sculpture to pottery — all of which will be for sale.

MacEwan herself will also be entering a few of her fabric pieces.

“With fabric we spend quite a bit of time on our pieces with the quilting and the stitching, so doing it 12 by 12, it makes it more do-able,” she said.

Small Expressions will run March 4 to 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except for Mondays.

Artists wishing to enter the show have until Feb. 24 and can enter online at