W.J. “Windy” Mor­ris (photo Kitty Leaken): Band­wagon from The Mor­ris Minia­ture Cir­cus

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Mu­seum of In­ter­na­tional Folk Art, 706 Camino Lejo, 505-476-1200 It has been 30 years since the mu­seum first ac­quired and ex­hib­ited the 3/8-inch scale minia­ture cir­cus built by W.J. Mor­ris (1904-1978) and do­nated to the mu­seum in 1984. Mor­ris spent more than four decades con­struct­ing the cir­cus. He modeled it on the rail­road cir­cuses of the 1930s and used var­i­ous tech­niques to cre­ate his minia­tures in­clud­ing clay mod­el­ing, mold-mak­ing, and wood­carv­ing. An es­ti­mated 100,000 ob­jects in­clud­ing cir­cus an­i­mals, horse-drawn wag­ons, clowns, and other per­form­ers make up his newly re­stored cre­ation. The Mor­ris Minia­ture Cir­cus: Re­turn of the Lit­tle Big Top is on view through Jan. 1, 2017.

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