Monday, August 13, 2007

The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside Dollhouse and Characters at The Nassau County Museum of Art

Cynthia von Buhler's The Cat Who Wouldn't Come Inside dollhouse and book characters have been accepted into the The Nassau County Museum of Art's Tee Ridder Minatures Museum Collection. The set and characters will be on display beginning in October of 2007. The museum is also allowing Cynthia von Buhler access to their collection for her next children's book which will be released by Houghton Mifflin in Fall of 2009. Von Buhler is currently working on the characters for this book.
The Museum has become a cultural resource bringing to Nassau County a range of visual experiences and quality art education programs previously unavailable in this suburban area. Accordingly, we present the works of internationally acclaimed artists in the main Museum building, a permanent collection of miniature rooms in the Tee Ridder Miniatures Museum, educational programs for all ages and special exhibitions for local talented artists.

Joan and Arnold Saltzman Fine Art Building
The Museum's magnificent natural site on 145 acres, its formal gardens and fascinating history offer a setting unique for monumental outdoor sculpture, historic architecture, a collection of flora rare on Long Island, performances and first-rate fine art exhibitions.

The Museum is located 20 miles east of New York City in Roslyn Harbor, Long Island. Since its privatization in 1989, it has become the largest suburban fine arts museum in the United States in terms of attendance, volunteer participation and budget.


Tee's style was eclectic. She invested in exquisitely crafted items such as a reproduction of an 18th century harpsichord with an oil painting inside the lid and a lady's writing desk that contains a secret compartment. On travels to Italy and England, she indulged her eye for detail, returning home to create shops for Venetian glass and English porcelain. From African safaris came mineral specimens which were crafted into room decorations.

Ranging from cozy kitchens to elegant gilded drawing rooms, the "Tee touch" is always evident. Tee's taste was impeccable, and it was seldom that her miniatures were without her signature touch of refreshing whimsy.

Visitors to the Tee Ridder Miniatures Museum of the Nassau County Museum of Art are charmed by an 18th century kitchen, a music room and a gaming room containing animal trophies. A French grand salon is illuminated by an electrified glass chandelier three inches tall with replaceable light bulbs the size of a grain of rice.

In this miniature world, Tee Ridder found endless hours of pleasure, fantasy, and creative satisfaction. She would be thrilled by the pleasure her art is giving both young and old.

The Tee Ridder Miniatures Museum has a gift shop which sells miniature furniture, miniatures kits and many non-miniature related gift items. The Cat Who Wouldn't Come Inside will also be available in the bookstore.
Nassau County Museum of Art
One Museum Drive
Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576

General Admission: $10.00
Seniors (62 & over): $8.00
Children and full-time students: $4.00
Children under 5: Free
Museum members: Free

Parking Fee: $2.00 per car on Saturdays and Sundays only

The Nassau County Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Sunday, between the hours of 11:00 AM and 4:45 PM.

The Tee Ridder Miniatures Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday 12:00 PM through 4:30 PM.

Visit the museum website HERE.