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‘Mini’ opening for museum of miniatures

Pictured are the co-founders of the Miniatures and Curious Collections Museum, Nancy Fleming, director of Anderson Museum; and Elaine Howe, president of the Miniatures and Curious Collections Board. A collection of Retrobots — vintage toy robots — is on display at the museum. The display is part of a larger collection owned by Howard Vasquez, who has been collecting since the 1990s. (Mikayla Fuller Photo)

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The “mini”-opening for the new Miniatures and Curious Collections Museum recently took place. The museum will be open through July 8 — its features previewed specifically for the UFO Festival — and then will close again to finish remodels.

The preview is an introduction to the museum at 320 N. Richardson Ave., which is estimated to be completed by late fall.

The museum showcases many different collections, such as Julie Hinkle’s “Poco Pots,” which were created locally.

In collaboration with the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, artists create tiny pieces of art based on their own styles. The canvases and sculptures are featured in an exhibit called the Mini Museum of Modern Art (MMoMA).

President of the Miniatures and Curious Collections Board, Elaine Howe, says, “I played with tons of dolls as a kid, so it wasn’t a far reach for me to be interested in miniatures.”

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Many of the miniatures were created locally by a group with more than 50 members called Los Pocos Locos. This group was popular during the 80s and 90s, spearheaded by LaVerne and Rex Smith.

Some sections of the museum highlight New Mexico culture and history.

Along with the miniatures, the Retrobots collection of Howard Vasquez will be on loan to the museum. It includes a large collection of rare, vintage robots, with pieces from Germany, Romania, Japan, Russia, Korea and the United States.

The collection began in the late 1990s and has grown to include toy rockets, saucers, robots, astronauts, moviebots, and spacemobiles.

The exhibits in this museum will constantly be changing to correspond to events around town, but in miniature form.

Co-Founders Elaine Howe and Nancy Fleming, director of the Anderson Museum, said the focus was on “creating this museum for the interest of the community as a component of fresh new things for them to enjoy.”

The museum will be open through July 8 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Price of admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children under 13.

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