Last week was a flurry of around the clock doll making. Neither rain nor sleet nor stomach flu could hold me back. The Bush Barn Art Center had asked me for 22 more dolls to adorn the tables of the Salem Art Fair and Festival kickoff dinner. The dinner would be attended by donors and patrons of the art center, so although it seemed an impossible task, it was too good an opportunity to pass up. Thanks to my sweetie pie Rob, who offered to help stuff the little arms and legs, mission accomplished!
The dinner was delightful. Gallery staff were dressed as Renaissance ladies and gents and faeries, in keeping with the theme A Midsummer Night's Dream. I was introduced as the featured artist, and even got my photo taken for Salem's newspaper, the Statesman Journal. Woo hoo - two minutes of fame!
Photos from the dinner event:
A windswept doll as a table centerpiece.
The fearsome Viking Queen.
Wonderful band Tricky Pixie provided funky renaissance music.
Gallery coordinator Tatyana, the art professional who picked me out at the I Heart Art mixer match and gave me the opportunity to show my work in the gallery!
A flaming-haired doll graces another table.
The next day was the opening of the Salem Art Fair & Festival - one of the best art fairs in the country! Rob and I attended on Saturday. It gave me a chance to see how the dolls all looked on display in the gallery. I have to say, I feel honored to have my dolls here. It's just a beautiful art center with three exhibit galleries and the gift gallery. I plan to submit proposals for the exhibit space in the not very distant future. The staff is incredibly encouraging. Following are photos of some of the dolls on display.
I count my lucky stars for this opportunity to show my work in public, and look forward to the next challenge!