Provo Woman Highlighting Art Through Tiny Exhibits

Mar 29, 2020, 10:42 PM | Updated: Mar 30, 2020, 8:42 am

PROVO, Utah — A Provo woman entered the art scene in a very small way, running tiny art shows that look like they belong in a dollhouse.

“I’ve always liked tiny things,” said McKay Lenker Bayer, a high school art teacher and the arts and events manager for Downtown Provo.

She said her love grew out of a childhood filled with fairies, where she and her mom would make fairy houses and read books about the mythical creatures.

One time, her mother left her a tiny note, supposedly from a fairy.

“And so tiny things have always been really magical,” she said.

So, when Bayer had a college class assignment to show her artwork in public, she went small. Tiny.

She installed a show of tiny canvases in public at fairy eye-level.

“People start to notice it,” she said. “But people were, like, laying down on the ground to look and they would, like, sprawl out and really get down and look. And I just was watching from a little bit away, and I thought that was so fun.”

That assignment eventually became a popular event on the local art scene and a social media destination, @tinyartshow on Instagram.

About once a month Bayer produces another show of tiny art by Utah artists, often in unique venues – a bus, a closet of the Springville Museum of Art, a dollhouse.

She offers tiny programs – so small that many would need magnifying glasses to read them – tiny treats like miniature donuts, ice cream cones and cookies, and tiny crafts.

Last February, just before Valentine’s Day, she staged “Breathings of the Heart” at The Wick Lab, a Provo candle store. People waited in line for a half-hour for the opportunity to get down on the ground and look at tiny pieces of ceramic art.

Listen to her patrons’ commentary and one word is spoken again and again – “cute.”

“I know that it’s cute and I like to lean into it being cute,” Bayer said, because it attracts an audience that won’t necessarily go to art galleries and art museums.

“It brings different types of people to actually look at art, which I think is really great,” she said. “It’s like a more intimate way of engaging with original art.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

A Davis County teen is home safe, and a man in jail after police believe the man traveled from Cali...

Lauren Steinbrecher

Teen’s secret signal for help leads to hotel rescue and alleged predator arrest in Davis County

A Davis County teen is home safe, and a man in jail after police believe the man traveled from California upon meeting the boy online, causing the 14-year-old to send a secret signal for help to his family.

5 hours ago

This weekend's Academy Awards show has boosted demand for many of its nominated films. (KSL TV)...

Matt Gephardt and Sloan Schrage

The added cybersecurity risks of watching free streams of Oscar-nominated movies

This weekend's Academy Awards show has boosted demand for many of its nominated films. The continually increasing prices of streaming services – Apple, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Netflix and others raised their costs last October – is pushing many folks to look for ways to watch these films for free. But cybersecurity experts warn searching for free streams can get way more costly.

5 hours ago

Dusk on the last day of the 2024 legislative session at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City on Frida...

Daniel Woodruff

‘This is a disgrace’: Bitter fight over district attorney’s job performance marks end of Utah legislative session

The Utah legislative session ended on a fiery note as lawmakers approved a bill that critics say unfairly targets an elected official.

6 hours ago

Members of the Stansbury Park community came together Saturday night to help a pair of stranded far...

Shelby Lofton

Stansbury Park store employees, locals rally together to help stranded farmers

The Tooele County community came to the rescue of a couple of strangers Saturday night.

9 hours ago

Utah State GOP Chair Robert Axson expects turnout to be north of 100,000 people statewide for Super...

Lindsay Aerts

Utah Republicans ‘confident’ for caucus night Super Tuesday

Utahns are heading out Tuesday to cast their votes for who they want for President during Super Tuesday. 

9 hours ago

Eagle Mountain homes still cleaning up tumbleweeds, days after the windstorm covered homes....

Garna Mejia

Eagle Mountain residents are still digging themselves out of tumbleweeds

Eagle Mountain residents are still cleaning up thousands of tumbleweeds that blew on their doorsteps during the weekend storm.

9 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Provo Woman Highlighting Art Through Tiny Exhibits