Thursday, June 3, 2010

in the Rome Daily Sentinel

This is the photo of one of Kathy Jensen's,
 beautiful fairies. It appeared yesterday in The Rome Daily Sentinel along with an article about the Exhibit which opens tomorrow at the Rome Art and Community Center  Here is the text from the article:

From Rag Dolls to Porcelain; Polymer Clay to Papier Mache';
Needle -felting to Needle Sculpting: no matter what style of dolls you love,
you'll find a creator of them in the midst of the members of the
Central New York DOLL IS ART Guild!

The members, residing in all the regions of New York state, are united
by the love of creating one-of-a-kind figurative sculptures, known as Art Dolls.
Individually, their work has been viewed in national and international publications;
as well as many galleries throughout the United States. From the New Yorks State Fair,
to national and international competitions, their creations have won awards and accolades.

As a guild their work was published in a feature article
of the Summer 2006 issue of Art Doll Quarterly.
Since the creation of their guild in 2004 they have exhibited their works in gallery shows
showcasing the diversity, artistry and wonder of the figurative sculpture known as "doll".

here is a link to the article:

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

It was a long, muggy, exhausting, day. But -- as I left the Rome Art and Community Center today, I knew that Suji and I had just set-up what is a wonderfully enchanting exhibit.
Each doll, so full of individual magic, sparkles with personality, a testament of the talent of members of our guild. From whimsical to fantasy, primitive to modern, tongue-in-cheek to inspirational the sculptures in the exhibit cover numerous themes, media, and style.
 I am now filled with expectation of a great opening reception. I cannot wait to be there Friday night to hear the comments.
 If you are in the Rome, NY area on Friday June 4th 6:00 to 8:00 PM  please stop by the Rome Art and Community Center and take in our exhibit. If you can't make the reception, the show runs through June 29.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

May 2010

Our guild seemed to hibernate during the long New York winter months, but when spring came our members burst forward with their answers to a challenge given to them. Each made a doll representing "their fairy name" which they received when visiting the website:
Just as their names varied so did their dolls as wonderful interpretations of the fairy descriptions transformed from text to three dimensional figures. These fairies will be on display along with other works of eleven members of the guild at The Rome Art and Community Center,  The opening reception of the exhibit is Friday June 4, 2010 from 6 PM to 8 PM. We hope you can join us there.
Exhibiting members are: Lexi Langley, Denise Giardullo, Maggie Newman, Suji, Kathy Jensen, Denise Carney, Kelly Bell, Barbara Barker, Annie Zygarowicz, Barbara Gilcher and Alice Dennis.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Spotlight on Maggie Newman

Central New York Doll Is Art Guild  member Maggie Newman not only makes dolls, but delightful character bears and stylish handbags as well.
When asked about her first doll-making experience Maggie replied:
"I took a class here in Fabius, NY given by Nancy Dennis who taught
polymer clay sculpting. The doll was successful for my first attempt
at sculpting! I was amazed. What prompted me to do this?? I don't
remember now, except that I was wanting to LEARN NEW THINGS!
The name of the doll was "Maggie's Alter Ego". She had red hair and played the violin; she wore a Victorian whites (antique/vintage) dress and sat in a chair. I sold it (amazing!) for $375.
Since that time, I haven't done much sculpting lately, since I
subscribed to Art Doll Quarterly and found SO MANY OTHER WAYS to
create Art dolls! Nancy Dennis is a wonderful sculptor; she has
sculpted pieces all over her studio, but the dolls are not completed
since Nancy does not like to SEW for costuming. So I did one doll
just by gluing all the costumes to see if it could be done. I've
decided I'll have to revert to HANDSEWING for my costumes but
 I HATE hand sewing!! LOL....
But I was hooked because of diversity in materials and the creativity.
The doll world has provided that for me."
 Maggie Newman
you may find some of Maggie's art for sale at:

Friday, November 20, 2009

Helen Grossman's latest doll

Helen Grossman recently finished a wonderful doll. Here is what she has to say about it:

  " I recently finished doll from Sherry Goshon pattern "Charmed". Actually, it was a wonderful class that I took some time ago. The doll is made from muslin, I painted her body and drew flowers on the body also.

I am also attaching link to my blog for this entry

Friday, October 16, 2009

This year at the New York State Fair three of our members won awards for their work.

Catherine Lau's "In the Sky - The Eight Immortals" took the
Best of Show in the Professional Fine Arts division.

Jean Burlingame took third place in the senior division for her D'Artagnan.

Also in the senior division Barbara Gilcher's Gypsy won the first place ribbon. ( She also created a lockerhooked rug which won a second place ribbon.)

Congratulations Ladies!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

back to blogging

Sometimes great ideas take a pause in their creation as this one has. BUT!!! We are back and ready to blog. This blog will keep you updated on Central New York Doll is Art Guild activities as well as the individuals accomplishments, publications, awards and endeavors.
You will also find posts here by various members, giving you a glimpse into their individual creative journeys.
We hope that this blog will become an often viewed inspiration to figurative sculptors, doll makers and doll lovers. Please come back often , post comments and join us as we explore the wonderful world of art that is known as Doll.