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This "Witch Cottage" artwork miniature by Don Silva is one of many pieces at the month-long February World of Miniatures Exhibit at the Antioch Historical Society Museum. The exhibit is hosted by the historical society and the Delta Doolittles Miniature Club

ANTIOCH -- They say the devil is in the details. But, in this instance -- the details are devilishly creative.

"The World of Miniatures" exhibit will call the Antioch Historical Museum home from Feb. 1-26.

The museum, at 1500 W. Fourth St., will be open from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays for this special exhibit of especially teeny works of art.

Carole Ann Davis, co-chair for the event, said some 70 small pieces of art will be on display.

The pieces range from a quarter-inch to a half-inch to one-inch scale. One inch equals a foot for these scaled models. The show will include miniature vignettes, room boxes, doll houses and more.

And, while this may all sound quite "cute," Davis is quick to point out that these pieces are not children's toys.

"The details are exquisite."

She said miniatures give people "the opportunity to portray and preserve memories and history."

"They also allow us to use our imaginations to make our dreams a reality," Davis said.

This is the third time the miniatures have made their way to the historical museum. The first time was in 2008, and then again three years ago. Part of the reason for the gap is because the museum likes to offer a variety of events, and because of the length of time it takes to make a miniature piece.

The pairing of miniatures and the historical museum is a great match, Davis said.

"It's a perfect setting since miniatures reflect our history."

That first exhibit also doubled as a debut of the local Delta DooLittles Miniature Club, which features about nine members from Antioch, including Davis. She will show two pieces, including a two-story cottage.

The Antioch resident said her interest in this art stems from the dollhouse she had -- and still has -- as a child. "I loved it. I spent hours with it."

But the real pull, she said, for her and others, is the workmanship. "The idea, the craftsmanship, the nostalgia ... draws them all in."

DooLittles members can spend as much time as a year -- on and off -- to complete a piece. The miniatures are made from a variety of materials, including foliage and wood.

Joining the Antioch club for the exhibit will be other miniature groups hailing from Modesto, West County, San Ramon and elsewhere.

There is no admission charge, but donations are naturally welcome. Group tours may be arranged. For more information, call 510-501-3957 or email cammini@aol.com.

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