Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Women of the West

Another Quilt Festival has come and gone.  This year was especially exciting for me as I was part of a special exhibit titled Women of the West.  The exhibit consists of three quilt artists:  Ginny Eckley, Susan Ennis, and Kim Ritter; a bead artist: Kay Hendricks; and me with my art dolls.  

This is the first doll I made for the exhibit.  She is inspired by my ancestors who lived in Texas when it was still part of Mexico.  This is a replica of an authentic flag used during the Texas Revolution.
Come and Take It!

This piece was sold and is going to live with a collector near the town of Gonzales, which holds a Come and Take It Festival every year.

Winona and Pearl
Two cowgirl pals.

Miss Maybelle
A saloon girl

Maria Elena, Cantina Girl
Inspired by the cowboy song "El Paso" by Marty Robbins:  "Out in the west Texas town of El Paso, I fell in love with a Mexican girl.  Night time would find me in Rose's cantina.  Music would play and Felina would whirl."  

Bronco Bustin' Betty

Little Sure Shot

Little Sure Shot was Annie Oakley's nickname.  She's wearing some of the many medals she won in sharp shooting contests.  

Shenoah and Tehya
Native American mother and daughter.  Shenoah means White Dove, Tehya means Precious One.  

The gorgeous quilts and bead work can be seen on our website:

The icing on the cake is the book which describes each piece and the history behind them.
Books can be purchased here:

Sunday, September 15, 2019

September Shows

Fall is always a busy time of year with lots of shows and events.  The Galveston Art League Fall Juried Show runs through September 29.  I have two pieces in this show: "Faith, Hope & Charity" and "White Angel", which won an honorable mention.

TAODA has a joint show with the Bee Wild Fiber Artists at the Brazosport Center for Arts and Sciences:  Wild @ Art 2, which runs through October 13.

This is such a beautiful (and large!) facility.  I have six pieces in this show.  The opening reception was September 14.  
Earth Song

Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Hannah (who is also on the postcard)




The opening was so well attended!  Thanks to everyone who came out!

Last, but most definitely not least, I'm so honored to have a new permanent home for my Storybook Dolls at St. Luke's Day School.  They will be on display once a year in the church and this is their debut in that venue.  I could not be more pleased!
As a thank you for the donation, the Day School administration team sent me these beautiful flowers!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Art Doll Conferences

This summer I went to two art doll conferences back to back.  The first one was NIADA (National Institute of American Doll Artists) in Kansas City.  The theme was the Prohibition Era - 1920 - 1933.   Hotel Phillips  was perfect for the theme, having lovely art deco decor.  Gallery night was wonderful, with all the artists present showing their stunning work.  

New Artist Christine Benjamin

New Artist Juliet Pelukh
I took a mini class with Dustin Poche, which was a lot of fun.  He taught his witch hand armature.  The banquet was lovely, and the souvenir this year was a pin designed by various artists.  I was lucky to receive one designed by Diane Keeler.

Immediately after the NIADA conference I flew to Nashville for the ODACA (Original Doll Artist Council of America) conference at the Gaylord Hotel

New Artist Carol Johansen
New Aritst Esther Manso

The luncheon was fun, with a great presentation by Betsy Baker.  There were loads of "helper" donations, for which you could buy tickets and hope to win.  I donated a doll "Dreaming of Heaven", which was won by my friend and fellow doll artist Joyce Patterson.

I made table favors for those sitting at my table.  Mini Matryoshkas.

The conference theme was Making Waves.  The luncheon centerpieces were made by Charlie Patricolo.  One lucky person from each table won one.

The souvenir dolls were made by Barbara Schoenoff.

The sales room was packed.