By Jim Mihalik
The field of Miniature Art is unique. The definition of Miniature Art includes size definitions such as paintings being no larger than 25 square inches or more than 1/6 actual size of the originals. It also involves extreme realism and extreme detail. There are numerous Miniature Art shows each year around the country and the world, but the largest and most prestigious International Miniature Art show is held each year in January in St. Petersburg, Florida, under the sponsorship of the Miniature Art Society of Florida.
A former resident, Jane Mihalik, who lived at Riderwood with her husband Jim since 2012, passed away on April 17 of this year. Jane had been involved with Miniature Art since the 1970’s. Over the span of forty years, she attained recognition in the field, including numerous awards, both national and international. Jane was modest about her work and did not advertise her successes. Even her best friends were unaware of her accomplishments in the field. With good reason, her husband Jim refers to her as having been the best Miniature Artist in the world.
Jane had been a charter member of the Miniature Art Society of Florida. Over the years, she won four Best in Show awards at the annual show, which is more than any other Miniature Artist in the world. It is on that basis that her husband Jim refers to her as having been the Best Miniature Artist in the world.
Her husband feels that the residents of Riderwood should be aware of the talent that resides and has resided here at Riderwood.
Jane’s 450-plus paintings created over 40 years were all sold. The only paintings the family currently has are half a dozen paintings of their pets (which were birthday gifts to her husband). These were on display at her funeral on April 23. Even though they were not prize winners, they demonstrate what Miniature Art of the highest quality looks like.