A New Exhibit Opens at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Time for Centennial Celebrations

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Shaping Arizona Statehood: The George Stuart Historical Figures of the Movement West Opens at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, Arizona in Time for Centennial Celebrations

“It is one of very few Centennial exhibitions statewide to encompass the complete arc of the historic record of the Arizona territory.” says Mini Time Machine Museum Executive Director, Nina Daldrup.

The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson, Arizona will open a new temporary exhibit; Shaping Arizona Statehood: The George Stuart Historical Figures of the Movement West on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 to coincide with the celebration of Arizona’s Centennial. The exhibit will be open through Saturday, April 14, 2012.

George S. Stuart creates one-quarter-life-size historic figures of individuals who were the driving force that shaped history throughout the world. This exhibit brings together fourteen figures from his Movement West group that represent more than 400 years of New World discovery and exploration, carving the path to Arizona Statehood in 1912.

Among the figures on display are 15th century Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella–reminding viewers that the path to Arizona statehood was rooted in Spain’s desire to expand their power and religious beliefs beyond Europe. Christopher Columbus, Pope Alexander VI, Hérnan Cortés, Malinche, Montezuma, an Aztec Leopard Warrior, as well as Father Eusebio Kino define the European conquest of the New World from Mexico into present day Arizona. Jedediah Smith, Kit Carson, Territorial Governor John Fremont, his wife Jesse Fremont and Abraham Lincoln take us through the 18th century and the development of Arizona as a Territory, which it was for nearly 49 years before becoming the 48th and last of the contiguous states to enter the Union in 1912.

The exhibit is significant for many reasons. “It is one of very few Centennial exhibitions statewide to encompass the complete arc of the historic record of the Arizona territory.” says Mini Time Machine Museum Executive Director, Nina Daldrup. It will also be the first time these Historical Figures have been exhibited in Arizona.

Mr. Stuart’s life work grew from a desire to meet the artistic challenge of creating life-like sculptures of individual personalities. Since the 1950s he has rendered more than 400 historical portraits in mixed media and continues to create figures to this day. Between the mid-1950s until 1979 Mr. Stuart traveled throughout the Midwest and West coast as a raconteur; writing and presenting monologues about the characters he portrayed in mixed media. Currently he presents his monologues only at The Ventura County Museum, which owns and exhibits a number of his pieces. Mr. Stuart resides in Ojai, California.

In honor of Arizona’s Centennial, Mr. Stuart has designed a monologue especially for the selection of figures on view at The Mini Time Machine Museum. This monologue will be a limited seating engagement as part of The Mini Time Machine Museum’s first annual gala, Vegrandis, to be held on Friday, January 27, 2012.

About The Mini-Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
Located in Tucson, Arizona, the mission of the museum is to share the artistic, historic, architectural and creative aspects of miniatures in an entertaining and interactive way. Since opening in September of 2009, more than 86,000 people have visited this Tucson museum. For more information about the museum and this exhibit, please visit http://www.theminitimemachine.org or call 520-881-0606.Photos available upon request.

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