doll and teddy bear artist and collector convention

 

Optional Workshop Agenda

Thursday, May 4

6:00a.m.-7:00p.m.

Convention Registration

6:30-8:00a.m.

Buffet Full Breakfast: morning workshop students and instructors only

7:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

Artists Set Up for One-of-a-Kind Artist Signature Piece Doll & Teddy Bear Sale and Judging

8:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

Refreshments All Day: coffee, tea and lemonade

8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.   

Photograph Service for Artists and Collectors
Lloyd Wilson
Professional photographer Lloyd Wilson is available to take pictures of your dolls and bears each day of the convention. Sign-up for a half-hour photo session at the convention registration desk. Fee is $45 for a CD with multiple pictures of your piece and $40 for each additional piece (available on flash drive or prints). Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Drop off your piece(s) any time at the convention with Lloyd.

8:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

Soulful Smiles
(7 hours – 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.)
Michelle Lamb
Want your bear to seem about to speak? Learn how to make both a full open mouth as well as a simulated open mouth. The key to a well done open mouth is starting with a good pattern, needle-and-scissor sculpting and coloration. I will show how to create teeth using an assortment of ideas. I will provide a pattern/directions a month or two prior to the class so you can bring two pre-sewn stuffed heads on which to work. Neck can be temporarily closed up to hold stuffing in. (Flossing the nose, attaching ears and eyes optional but highly recommended). Instructor will provide Apoxie resin clay to form teeth, cording and elastic for finish work, and extra supplies.
Bring to class: Usual sewing supplies, doll needles, size 5 and 3 Perle floss in black and brown, tweezers, dog brush or flea comb, markers and/or Prismacolor Premier color pencils in shades of pale to medium pinks, peachy reds, grays and brown, 2x2 inch square of the same fabric you used for mouth lining of one head, Dritz fray check, Xacto knife, thin but strong black/dark gray or brown thread. Optional: The rest of the bear if you wish to attach later, extra stuffing in case instructor thinks you need more.
Fee: $100
Contact artist with questions:
michelle@oneandonlybears.com
www.oneandonlybears.com

Sculpting a Woman's Head
(7 hours – 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.)

Diane Keeler
I will teach a method of sculpting that will help the student visualize and develop his or her own style of sculpting. Learn anatomy and bone structure of an adult woman. I will supply a photo handout, foil skull and beads for eyes.
Bring to class:
• Clay rolled out on the largest setting on a pasta machine. This should be done before the class starts so we can    start sculpting right away.
• Favorite sculpting tools
• Double pointed knitting needles sizes 4mm to 6mm. Not necessary but very useful.
• #2 filbert taklon brush. This is optional but very useful for smoothing.
• 1/4 inch dowel about 4 to 6 inches long with one end pointed. A pencil sharpener works great for this.
• Piece of wood with a 1/4 inch hole drilled into it, e.g., scrap of 2x4. This will be the sculpting stand to hold the
   dowel.
Fee: $95
Contact artist with questions:
dianekeelerart@gmail.com
www.dianekeeler.com

Sculpting a BJD Pet Dragon
(7 hours – 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.)
Debbie Weimert
Learn how to sculpt a fun ball jointed dragon that is 8-10 inches tall. Instructor will provide a special blend of polymer clay, dragon eyes, printed instructions, doll eye mold, elastic and wire, and S hooks for stringing.
Bring to class: Students need to bring their own sculpting tools, 3 inch long sewing needle, small knitting needle, hemostats, Dremel drill, drill bits/grinding stone bits, and long nose pliers.
Fee: $90
Maximum students: 6
Contact artist with questions:
daydreamerdebbieweimert@gmail.com
www.daydreamerdebbie3d.com

Skinny Bear with Wire Armature
(7 hours – 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.)
Francisco Carreno
Students will learn the skills and tricks on how to turn, add a wire armature, stuff and sew closed by hand a small skinny bear. Ears, nose, eyes and face needle sculpting will also be covered. The instructor will provide a pre-sewn kit, all tools and materials necessary.
Bring to class: Eagerness to learn and have fun.
Fee: $100
Maximum Students: 15
Contact artist with questions:
nino@ninosbears.com
www.ninosbears.com

Easy Mold Making of a Bust
(6 hours – 8:00a.m.-3:00p.m.)
Noemi Smith
We will be learning how to create a mold and resin cast of your original piece on a low budget and with an easy technic. The instructor will provide the material and required tools. Each student will bring their own piece to be cast (polymer, paper clay, air dry clay). Note that plaster, baby powder, and petroleum jelly will be use in case you are allergic. More details about the class will be discussed directly with instructor via e-mail.
Bring to class: your own piece to be cast (polymer, paper clay, air dry clay)
Fee: $65
Maximum students: 8
Contact artist with questions:
info@angelsbynoemi.com
www.angelsbynoemi.com

Teddy Bear: Jacob
(7 hours – 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.)
Allen Hsu
Make your own mohair teddy bear. Jacob is a 12-inch summer bear. His head and front body are crafted from bright yellow mohair. His arms and legs and back body are crafted from ivory mohair with dark orange tips. Jacob has big shiny black eyes and a needle felting orange nose. He is filled with jelly pellets, glass sand, and polyester, and fully jointed. Jacob wears a handmade life jacket. He is a summer bear and ready to have fun with you. The pre-sewn mohair kit will be ready for stuffing and sculpting. The bear head will be pre-stuffed and ready for you to close the opening and place it into the body. You will be instructed how to put the eyes, ears and nose on his face, joint the body and stuff the life jacket. Bring a happy heart to the workshop, and the instructor will provide all of the tools.
Fee: $100
Maximum students: 10
Contact artist with questions:
hs6800@gmail.com
www.teddybear-barn.com

Funky Fashion Face Pins
(7 hours – 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.)
Michelle Pulaski
You will learn how to sculpt a stylized face in paper clay. You will dry it in a toaster oven and paint it. By the end of the class, you will have a funky face fashion pin you can wear during the convention. All supplies will be provided by the instructor.
Bring to class: A big smile and expectations to have a good time.
Fee: $50
Contact artist with questions:
realms06@hotmail.com

Mardi-Gras Tassel Doll Ornament
(7 hours – 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.)
Marla Niederer
In this class students will learn how to needle-sculpt a pre-sewn cloth doll head and attach it to a pre-sewn tassel doll body that once complete can be displayed on its stand or hung on a tree as an ornament. This class will also provide instruction on the use of tube watercolors and watercolor pencils to create skin tone and facial coloration on a cloth doll. Demonstration of needle felting the hair and costuming the Mardi-Gras Tassel Doll Ornament will be provided as time permits.
Level of skill required: beginners with strong hand sewing skills through advanced students.
Bring to class:
• A sewing gauge
• Embroidery scissors
• Fiberfill
• A #7 English Style Darning Needle
• Beading needles
• Eyelash yarn in color of choice for hair
• Seed beads size 11 in colors of choice
• Needle-felting needle
Maximum Students: 8
Fee: $75
Contact artist with questions:
orsinisangels@gmail.com
www.orsinisangels.blogspot.com

Sculpting, Molding and Casting Your Own Designs for Resale
(4 hours – 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m.)
Linda Ehrenfried
This is a class on how to sculpt a flat backed face either Elf, Santa or bear. In this class you will learn how to sculpt a mold ready head, to make a press mold of it, and how to turn that into several different craft show sellable items and gifts. With this mold you will be able to reproduce alterable copies of your own sculpted face. The polymer clay products you can produce will be suitable for attaching to brooch style pins, pendants, and ornaments, or they can be attached to a purse or put onto a doll or bear body as its face. You will get to sculpt a face, make your own mold and be able to reproduce at least on piece from that mold to take home during the class. You will be taking home the mold you made and all the information needed to do it again at home with other pieces you sculpt. The instructor will provide the clay, mold forms, mold materials and accessories. You will also receive a $35.00 Smooth on Mold making kit along with the other materials. This is something doll and bear collectors and makers can do, as children have taken this class with success.
Bring to class: your favorite sculpting tools.
Fee: $85
Contact artist with questions:
scvgallery@aol.com
www.charmcityoriginals.com

Vintage Findings Bracelet
(3 hours – 8:00-11:00a.m.)
Sue VanNattan
Create your own one-of-a-kind bracelet in this enjoyable class. You will receive an 8" heavy link bracelet (can be shortened if needed) with a toggle closure, 14 unique jewelry elements, found over my many years as an antique dealer, a jewelry board for ease of placement and construction, jump rings and one pair of small, needle-nose pliers. Each kit will include an assortment of pieces. Also, you'll be able to choose one specially made charm featuring either a teddy bear or a doll. Extra vintage pieces will be available for purchase, if you really want to load up your bracelet! This is a fun, stress-free class and your friends will admire your wearable work of art!
Bring to class: If possible, bring along your own pair of small needle-nose pliers, as it's best to work using two pairs. If you don't have them, we'll share in class.
Fee: $55
Maximum students: 12
Contact artist with questions:
bearlooms@frontiernet.net

Doll With Wardrobe
(4 hours – 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m.)
Maryanne Oldenburg
You will receive: (1) a 4" jointed, polymer clay child doll, painted and wigged, (2) all materials and trims to create 4 little costumes, including underthings and shoes, (3) needle/thread and special glue to complete all the outfits, (4) instructions, sketches and ideas to create a framed shadow box or a "presentation" box.
Bring to class: Bring a small sharp scissors and any mini/tiny accessories of your choice to complete the "picture".
Fee: $75
Maximum students: 15
Contact artist with questions:
maryanneoldenburg@gmail.com

Ukrainian Easter Eggs (Pysanky)
(4 hours – 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m.)
Tina Parsons
Pysanky are Ukrainian Easter eggs decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist (batik) method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, "to write", as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. Through generations, Ukrainians and their neighboring countries have shared this ancient art form with the world. Introduced to this process by her parents at very early age, Tina Parsons has been making pysanky for over 50 years. It is a wonderfully addicting skill that ANYONE can learn and is only limited by the imagination. Even if you think you can't draw, you can make pysanky, and eggs are a cheap canvas. These eggs are NOT painted. This is a batik method of drawing with melted wax and dipping into various dye baths – a simple process, but there are many tips and tricks that help you achieve various results. All materials will be provided. You will get a basic kit that you will use in class and take home with you so you can make more. You will also get a print out of suppliers and essential instructions so that you don't have to worry about taking notes and just have fun enjoying the workshop.
Bring to class: a sense of adventure and a desire to learn and experiment.
Fee: $65
Contact artist with questions:
contact@thewickedwoods.com
http://thewickedwoods.com

Cherish – Keepsake Dolls
(3 hours – 8:00-11:00a.m.)
Joy Calhoon
Many of us have a special keepsake hankie from our grandmothers or one we carried for our wedding. Most times they end up in a drawer somewhere and forgotten. The Cherish Keepsake doll will allow you to display them in a beautiful way so you can share the memories and enjoy them for years to come. Cherish Keepsake dolls are made with a molded torso/head from Joy’s original sculpt. Their arms are wired for posing with sculpted hands. Their bodies are vintage textile spools on a wood base. Beautiful vintage keepsake hankies are used for their skirt. The instructor will supply:
• Torso/arms pre-painted
• Wigs
• One basic vintage hankie
• Needles/thread/glue
• Vintage spool for body with stand
• Pre selected vintage fabric/lace kits
Bring to class: small scissors, tweezers, 2 keepsake hankies from your collection
Fee: $100
Contact artist with questions:
joycalhoon@hotmail.com
www.joycalhoon.com

Print Making
(2 hours – 8:00-10:00a.m.)
Andrea Marcucci
This print making (lino cut) workshop requires no previous experience. The subject matter of your prints can be doll or bear related. At the end of the workshop you will have the cut lino design(s) you have created and whatever prints you printed on paper to take home with you. The instructor will supply everything that is needed (cutting tools, linoleum, ink, paper, pencils, tracing paper, spoons for burnishing).
Bring to class: bring simple ideas or pictures of things you would like to create as a print.
Fee: $50
Contact artist with questions:
dreasbears@live.com

Mixed-Up Flea Market Doll
(2 hours – 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m.)
Tucker Stouch
Pump up your creativity with some play time! Assorted bits and pieces will be provided for you to create a one of a kind mixed media doll. Tubs of unique containers for bodies, vintage doll heads, arms and legs, moss, wire and fibers for hair, tools, paints, wings, vintage ephemera, trims, lace and charms will be provided. Finished samples will be available and everyone is encouraged to have fun and share ideas.
Bring to class: You can bring vintage bottles or containers but it is not required.
Fee: $25
Maximum students: 15
Contact artist with questions:
stouchstudios@gmail.com
www.stouchstudios.com

Fantasy Snails & How to Use a Glue Gun
(4 hours – 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m.)
Jaine Lamb
In this fun and easy workshop, learn how to sculpt using a glue gun to create magical, fantasy snails. Plus other fun things if time allows. The instructor will provide shells, wire, eyes, beads, bells, paints & brushes. After this class you will have a companion piece to the “Elf or Fairy with Lantern” from Lee Feickert’s afternoon class. Your elf/fairy can sit beside or ride your snail to complete your own small vignette.
Bring to class: bring your own glue gun (small or regular size), at least 25 glue sticks to fit your gun, a small glue gun mat, scissors and 4’-6’ extension cord. Optional: decorative objects.
Fee: $45
Maximum students: 10
Contact artist with questions:
jainelamb@sympatico.ca

12:00-1:00p.m.

Buffet Lunch: afternoon workshop students and instructors only

1:00-4:00p.m.

Elf or Fairy with Lantern
(3 hours – 1:00-4:00p.m.)
Lee Feickert
Two techniques of dressing will be presented to attendees. The old fashion Dresden that uses cotton batting and a more modern approach that uses silk flowers to dress a 4” porcelain doll that can be posed. You have the choice of making an elf or fairy and the method to dress the doll. The lantern will be fashioned out of beads and an acorn. Instructor will provide doll and all materials to dress the elf or fairy and lantern. The doll is the correct size to be a companion to the Fantasy Snail created in the morning workshop by Jaine Lamb.
Bring to class: bring scissors, sewing needle, thread, pins and your favorite tacky glue.
Fee: $45
Maximum students: 10
Contact artist with questions:
lfeickert@comcast.net

Needle Felting a Bear’s Face Pin
(3 hours – 1:00-4:00p.m.)
Michele Freeman
Come learn the process to needle felt the face of your bear from building the muzzle to creating puffy cheeks, felting noses, and wool eyelids. Alternatives to felted noses will be discussed and demonstrated. We will work with both core wool and merino cross batt in the class. The instructor will discuss the different needles used for felting and will bring a variety of felting needles for students to try out. The different types of wool available for felting will be discussed. We also will cover the techniques of finishing off the wool to get a smooth finish, how to add fur/wool back to the face to create the look of a furred face and how to add color to bear’s faces. The instructor will provide for you (to take home) a foam pad to work on, 2 sets of felting needles (coarse and fine), core wool and merino wool (in teddy colors), Band-Aids and a small bears head already made up, to be finished by the student into a pin. This will be a demonstration piece for the student to finish if they wish. A set of notes on all that is covered in the class will also be provided.
Bring to class: Students are most welcome to bring to class a bear or just its head to felt. The head does need to be firmly stuffed to be able to felt on it and if the eyes are already in, that would be great but not necessary. A sense of humor would be very much appreciated.
Fee: $45
Maximum students: 10
Contact artist with questions:
shellyfreeman71@gmail.com
www.edenandfriends.etsy.com

Making Fairy Wings for Dolls and Bears
(3 hours – 1:00-4:00p.m.)
Lynne Burnett
This class will teach different methods of making beautiful wings for both dolls and bears. All supplies will be provided.
Bring to class: A personal hot glue gun is optional but very useful.
Fee: $50
Contact artist with questions:
lynnebrinton@aol.com
www.frightnightstudios.com

Bears, Dolls and Bling
(3 hours – 1:00-4:00p.m.)
Dolores Austin and Pamela Kisner
You will leave this class with two pieces of wearable jewelry for the convention. First, you have the choice of making an antiqued silver or antique bronze necklace with a choice of a bear or doll theme with hanging charms that you will learn to assemble with Dolores Austin. Second, Pam Kisner will teach you the assembly of her bracelet – a choice of multi-colored fashion beaded, stretchy band bracelet with a choice of a doll, bear or another charm that can be hung from the bracelet. The instructors will provide everything you will need.
Bring to class: A big smile and intent to have a good time.
Fee: $50
Contact artist with questions:
doloresja@aol.com or wvbearmaker@aol.com

Pattern Making 101
(3 hours – 1:00-4:00p.m.)
Cindy McGuire
With the use of a draped basic bodice, demonstrated in the class, pattern making options for other designs and styles of clothing will be worked out on paper enabling both doll and bear artists to create clothing to fit their creations regardless of the shape they take.
Bring to class:
• Pens and pencil
• Straight ruler
• Sheets of computer paper
Fee: $50
Contact artist with questions:
chinacupboardbears@hotmail.com
www.chinacupboardbears.com

Fairy Baby
(3 hours – 1:00-4:00p.m.)
Lillian Alberti
Create a tiny (approx 3" tall) "Fairy" baby complete with a real acorn cap hat! This class has been designed for the intermediate crafter with some sculpting skills. Previous experience with paper clays (Cellu-clay and creative paper clay) is helpful though not necessary. The instructor will supply acorn caps, blow-dryer, cheesecloth, "fairy" armature, feathers, paper clay, tags, twine, wire and instruction booklet.
Bring to class: sculpting tools, Alene’s craft glue, assorted paints, imitation hair, needle nose pliers, paint brushes, paint cup, poly-fil stuffing, sand paper or emery board, scissors, sewing needles, straight pins and white thread.
Fee: $95
Maximum students: 6
Contact artist with questions:
albersich@yahoo.com
www.a-lil-whimsy.com

Felt Teddy Bear
(3 hours – 1:00-4:00p.m.)
Wanda Carson
Come create a special felt teddy bear while enjoying a relaxing atmosphere stitching and visiting with fellow conventioneers; similar to old time Quilting Bees. The 5 ½ inch teddy can be used as an ornament or companion to a doll or bear. The simple blanket stitch and a satin stitch, both of which can be taught easily, will be used in completing the teddy. The kit includes the cutout wool felt pieces, embroidery floss, needle, ribbon, poly-fil and a heart button for embellishment.
Bring to class: a small pair of scissors and tweezers for stuffing (a few of these items will be available for sharing if unable to bring to the class).
Fee: $35
Maximum students: 10
Contact artist with questions:
wjcarson@mtcnow.net
www.carsoncreations.net

Convention Agenda

Thursday, May 4

7:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

Artists Set Up for One-of-a-Kind Artist Signature Piece Doll & Teddy Bear Sale and Judging

4:00-4:30p.m.

Set Up for Gallery of Today’s Workshop Creations by Collectors and Artists
Students from today’s workshops, who wish to participate, can display their creations to share with everyone.
(Students must pick up their creations at 5:30-5:45p.m.)

4:30-5:30p.m.

Gallery of Today’s Workshop Creations by Collectors and Artists
Students from today’s workshops, who wish to participate, can display their creations so you can appreciate the imagination, creativity and workmanship of collectors and artists ranging from beginners to professionals. There is no competition involved – just a chance for students to take pride in what they learned and accomplished today and to share a fun experience with everyone at the convention.

4:30-5:00p.m.

Boot Camp Indoctrination for First-Time Attendees
Susan and Terry Quinlan
This convention has been referred to as a “boot camp” by many of the past attendees, and they are absolutely correct. Unlike so many other event where you travel a great distance, pay a lot to attend, and wind up sitting in your hotel room with nothing to do, this boot camp aims to give you more than your moneys worth and an opportunity to have fun the entire time. Whether or not you have the energy and stamina to participate in everything is up to you. This boot camp gets you up early every day, opens up a whole new world for you, keeps you moving all day with our go-go-go schedule, educates you about artists and collecting, feeds you very well to keep up your energy, and gives you a better experience than any other branch of collecting.

At the indoctrination, “newbies” will sit down with Susan and Terry Quinlan to understand what makes this event unique and to be briefed on all of the activities you will encounter, such as, the Blue Crew, collectable features of the souvenir artist pins, understanding the content of the handout booklet, voting for the Beverly Port and Helen Bullard Award candidates, maneuvering and purchasing at the 7 artist galleries and the Market Place, 3 tracks of sessions on Saturday, insider tips about the open bar and buffet meals, strategic use of the Doll and Teddy Bear Artist Shopping Guides, ins and outs of the Discount Coupon Drawing, experiencing the Early Access to the Sales Room, and surviving the Sales Rooms.

6:00-7:00p.m.

Cocktail Hour: free drinks

6:00-6:05p.m.

Welcome and Opening Ceremony

6:05-7:00p.m.

Signed One-of-a-Kind Artist Signature Piece Doll & Teddy Bear Sale
and Judging for Beverly Port and Helen Bullard Awards for Excellence
A signed “signature piece” means the doll/teddy bear reflects the style and image that is most recognized by the world of collectors. It also means that the piece will come with the artist’s signature. Most importantly, it is a one-of-a-kind so you will have the only doll/teddy bear that looks exactly like the one you buy. These pieces will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. 100% of the sales price will go to the artist. During the sale, you will have the opportunity to judge the pieces for Awards for Excellence – the Beverly Port Award for Excellence among the artist teddy bear entries and the Helen Bullard Award for Excellence among the artist doll entries. Award winners will be announced at dinner on Saturday. Bring your camera. This gallery of exceptional artist pieces makes for the first of our seven (7) great photo shoot galleries.

7:00-9:00p.m.

Buffet Dinner and Professional Doll Makers Art Guild Award Ceremony (reservations required – no exceptions)

All convention meals are unassigned seating, so sit wherever and with whomever you wish. To wind up the evening, the recipients of the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild (PDMAG) Awards will be announced. The ceremony will be awarding PDMAG member doll artists who entered their annual online Gold Contest in five different categories in three different skill levels. PDMAG will also be awarding a President Choice, Artist Choice and Master Doll Artist Awards among their members. PDMAG will also be awarding a President Choice, Artist Choice and Master Doll Artist Awards among their members. The highlight of the award ceremony will be honoring Jack Johnston with their first official “Master Artist Award” for his creative and educational contributions to the art doll world since 1970. Jack is the founder of PDMAG, Johnston Original Artdolls, and the ProSculpt Company. He has taught over 37,000 students, published 6 books, produced 15 films on doll making, and received many of the nation’s highest awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from DOLLS Magazine in 2014. 

Friday, May 5

6:00-9:00a.m.

Convention Registration
       and
Purchase Tickets for the Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Sale Discount Coupon Drawing

6:00-8:00a.m.

Artists Set Up for the Artist Market Place and Six Special One-of-a-Kind Galleries

6:30-8:00a.m.

Buffet Full Breakfast

7:00a.m.-12:00p.m.

Purchase Tickets for the Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Sale Discount Coupon Drawing
You have the opportunity to buy tickets to win discount coupons for any item from your favorite artists’ sales tables at the Friday evening and Saturday Show & Sale. The discounts usually range from 10% to 25%, sometimes more. Winners of the drawings will be posted today from 3:00-4:30p.m at our Registration Table where winners can pick up their winning coupons to use at this evening’s early access to the Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Sale & Show rooms at 5:30p.m. Raffle tickets are $1.00 (or 13 for $10 and 30 for $20).

8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Refreshments All Day: coffee, tea and lemonade

8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.   

Photograph Service for Artists and Collectors
Lloyd Wilson
Professional photographer Lloyd Wilson is available to take pictures of your dolls and bears each day of the convention. Sign-up for a half-hour photo session at the convention registration desk. Fee is $45 for a CD with multiple pictures of your piece and $40 for each additional piece (available on flash drive or prints). Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Drop off your piece(s) any time at the convention with Lloyd.

8:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

One-on-One Mentoring for New Doll and Teddy Bear Artists - by appointment
These one-on-one mentoring sessions offer suggestions to new artists on how to fine-tune their craftsmanship. The mentor will let you know what is working and suggest improvements for your consideration. The purpose is to encourage new artists and to focus on the positives of their skills.

8:00-9:30a.m.

Artist and Collector Market Place

The Artist and Collector Market Place is where artists and collectors can buy trims, material, furs, supplies, trinkets, do-dads or silly things for designing, creating or accessorizing your own dolls and teddy bears.

 

8:00-11:00a.m.

Six Special One-of-a-Kind Doll & Bear Galleries
After voting and shopping at the Friday evening gallery for judging One-of-a-Kind Signed Artist Dolls and Teddy Bears for the Helen Bullard and Beverly Port Awards for Excellence, today there are six (6) more galleries where you can continue seeing unique displays of artist pieces that have never been on view or available for sale. All artist dolls and bears on display at these six galleries are one-of-a-kind pieces and signed by the artist. They are all for sale.

• Bling Figures Gallery (bobbles, bangles, beads & jewels)
• Figures with Interchangeable Parts Gallery (heads, arms, legs, outfits, accessories)
• Metal or Wood Figures Gallery (partially or entirely)
• Make Me Smile Gallery (brings a smile to your face)
• Figures from the Dark Side Gallery (Day of the Dead, vampires, witches, zombies)
• All from the SAME Pattern Teddy Bear Challenge (click HERE for the pattern and HERE for the    guidelines)

10:00-11:45a.m.

GBW General Membership Meeting
Terrie Stong
Good Bears of the World members will hold their Annual Meeting.

10:15-11:00a.m.

The Purpose of Dolls
Alexandra Wilde Langley
While collectors understand the artist doll as a unique form of fine art, the doll’s purpose has ranged from a religious icon and protective talisman to a mischievous creature and playful spirit. Dolls and figurative art summon the gamut of emotional responses. Generally considered toys and playthings, dolls have historically been used in healing ceremonies and rituals, as vengeful effigies and therapeutic objects. This presentation will explore a smattering of the functions we humans have used for dolls throughout history.

Teddy Bear & Doll Collectors: Our Ultimate Collector Convention
Mark Allen
Join us for this full audience participation event! In this session collectors will get a chance to plan the ultimate convention experience. We will share our past adventures, detailing our likes, dislikes and suggestions for future events. Voice your opinion! We will discuss the what, where, who, when and why of these type of events. Together we will coordinate a plan for the “perfect” collector convention. A slide presentation and handout will facilitate the discussion.

Every Story is an Heirloom
Maggie Anderson
Created around audience participation, this session is designed to delve into the reasons we do what we do. It coaxes each participant to see their own creative process as an individual and yet part of a larger world in which each of us finds ways to stretch our creativity. It helps us examine what keeps us at our work tables far into the middle of the night putting the finishing flourishes on a doll or a bear we've been sweating over for weeks, sometimes months. Whether it be tears shed by a collector when they've come to pick up a commissioned piece or the emotions their father's beat up teddy bear evokes when they find it stuffed in a trunk 20 years after his passing, they are the reflections that make our life and the life of the whole doll and bear making community as rich and evocative as it is. The session is based on a series of questions and topics, randomly selected by each participant and answered in turn by each person in the room. Notebooks are given to each so that they can mark the moments or jot down a note about something they hadn't thought of in years. The notebooks are a great way to capture ideas at the moment that pop up and before they disappear again in the midst of the chorus of laughter and the chaos of the weekend that creates it.

11:00-11:15a.m.

Teddy Bear Tai Chi Class
Agnes Intelicato and Audrey Howell
Take a short break and learn some Tai Chi, which is an exercise for improving energy and balance, building muscle strength, and alleviating stress and anxiety – a form of “meditation in motion” that promotes serenity and inner peace. Class is open to all. You will learn new moves at each of the three sessions. Dress comfortably. Complete the class ....receive a different award at each session.

11:15a.m.-12:00p.m.

Rag Dolls for Charity
Mary DeMattina
This session is to show you how easy and rewarding it is to make simple, friendly rag dolls for charitable purposes. For the past year I have been making rag dolls that will be used in an international program that distributes presents to children who have never received a Christmas or birthday present. The purpose is to encourage members of other sewing groups to give back to the community with rag dolls. Our dolls are used by the Lexington, Kentucky police department. When an officer finds a child in a painful situation, he will give the child a rag doll. The doll can bring great comfort at that moment. The rag dolls stand 18” tall and their construction method is quite simple. A pattern for making the doll and clothing will be provided to each attendee. The cost is very little to make these dolls because doll makers would have most of the necessary supplies in their leftovers drawer at home. When we use our talents in making such simple, friendly dolls for hurting children, we can all stand a bit taller in this wonderful world of doll making.

The Chocolate Road Trip
Donna Manthey
This session will include:
• history of chocolate and chocolate making
• tasting of varied chocolates for those who are interested
• list of world famous chocolate companies
• shops visited during my travels
• sharing of experiences of participants
• combining bears and chocolate when entertaining including some fun bear themed chocolate snacks
• simple craft for participants to complete (or have instructions to make) that is chocolate themed
• sharing how my love of chocolate and bears came together when creating the “In Search of the World's Greatest Chocolate” TBAI gallery piece.

The Business of Being an Artist
Panelists: Vanessa Lee (chair), Darlene Allen, Valerie Gladstone, Cindy McGuire, Donna Nielsen
This audience participation panel discussion will cover topics of interest to you and other attendees to find out what has been effective and not effective. Some possible topics are: product (creation) line selection, sources of material and accessories, sales outlets, marketing (product, price, place, promotion), financial aspects (cost control, product profitability, financial records, etc.), partnering, services used, use of assistants, use of negotiation, recordkeeping, customer relations & communication, etc.

12:00-1:00p.m.

Buffet Lunch

1:15-2:00p.m.

Teddy Bear and Doll Show and Tell
Terrie Stong
Collecting bears and dolls is so much fun and sharing one of your prize collectibles makes it even more exciting! Bring one of your favorite dolls or teddies to introduce to other collectors. Do you have a favorite artist? A story about how or where you found your treasure or maybe some special provenance to share? This show and tell session will give you that special opportunity and the chance to hear from other collectors. (The picture is an orphaned kangaroo that was nursed back to health by an Australian who gave it a teddy bear to play with. “They seem to respond to the toys much in the same way as a toddler. They treat it as a companion.”)

Creative Aspects of Being an Artist
Panelists: Valerie Gladstone (chair), Darlene Allen, Maggie Anderson, Roxanna Maria, Agnes Intelicato
This audience participation panel discussion will cover topics of interest to you and other attendees to find out what has and has not worked. Some possible topics are: sources of ideas, design, creation, unique features of pieces, challenges of product lines, one-of-a-kind vs. limited edition vs. commercial product design challenges, best practices, reaction to trends, types of material/accessories, workplace layout, etc.

Italy Top to Bottom
Cindy McGuire
For the past 10 years my husband and I have explored Italy from the Dolomites to Calabria via planes, trains, auto and ferries. Come to this session to discover why Italy is our favorite place to wander. No bad food, excellent wines, easy access to surrounding countries and continuing panoramas of cities and scenery. Seeing art in Situ amidst glorious architecture adds to the eye candy. Bring a sense of adventure!

Charm Bracelet Make and Take
Joanne Livingston
Come and join us for this easy, social, fun and free make and take. We will have thousands of beads and hundreds upon hundreds of charms in lots of different themes to create with. There will be everything you need to bring home your own one of a kind keepsake from the show. Make one for yourself, for a friend, or for a child. There is nothing for you to bring, just yourself, and your creativeness.

 

2:00-2:15p.m.

Teddy Bear Tai Chi Class
Agnes Intelicato and Audrey Howell
Take a short break and learn some Tai Chi, which is an exercise for improving energy and balance, building muscle strength, and alleviating stress and anxiety – a form of “meditation in motion” that promotes serenity and inner peace. Class is open to all. You will learn new moves at each of the three sessions. Dress comfortably. Complete the class ....receive a different award at each session.

2:15-3:00p.m.

Keeping the Doll Industry Going One Apprentice at a Time
Panelists: Linda Ehrenfried, Cherie Fretto, Jack Johnston, Roxanna Maria, Debbie Weimert
This is a panel discussion of the benefits of artist mentor apprentice programs. Hear from artists who have engaged in these programs both as mentors and apprentices with the insight of an organization that has mentored thousands of artists over the last several decades. Some of the topics include: why new blood is so important to the industry, benefits of being a mentor, how to use different types of media to aid in mentoring and teaching, how social media outlets have changed the face of the industry, ways to manage time to keep your apprentices engaged, how this type of program can work in all mediums and for both doll and bear artists.

Tale of a Mermaid
Barbara Felts
I will share how I create my mermaid tails and the bases for display. I will provide handouts for the process and where to find the needed supplies.

A Woodworkers Survival Guide to Life with a Doll Artist
Bob Niederer
Join the fun by making wooden props to enhance the presentation of art dolls and bears. After living with a doll artist for over 26 years, it is almost impossible not to join the fun and participate in the creation of miniature fantasy worlds. A slide presentation of a variety of props created to enhance the display of art dolls and bears will be exhibited along with a discussion on various techniques on their creation, e.g., pictured Fire Goddess Throne.

Charm Bracelet Make and Take
Joanne Livingston
For those who missed the 1:00p.m. session, come and join us for this easy, social, fun and free make and take. We will have thousands of beads and hundreds upon hundreds of charms in lots of different themes to create with. There will be everything you need to bring home your own one of a kind keepsake from the show. Make one for yourself, for a friend, or for a child. There is nothing for you to bring, just yourself, and your creativeness.

3:15-4:00p.m.

A Few of My Favorite Things
Mark Allen
Collectors will show 5-10 of their favorite artist dolls and bears on the screen and describe why they are among their “favorites” and any related stories to each piece. There will be time for those in the audience to describe unique and favorite pieces in their collections and any related stories of interest.

 

2:00-5:00p.m.

Raffle Winners Pickup Artist Table Discount Coupons
Posting of the winners of the Artist Sale Discount Coupon Drawing that was held earlier today. Winners can pickup their coupons at the convention registration desk to use at this evening’s early access to the Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Sale.

3:30-5:30p.m.

Artists Set Up for the Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Sale
Setting up your sales table was never more enjoyable! Listen to some music from the ‘50s and ‘60s while you do your magic once again by turning crammed boxes of stuff into gorgeous artistic displays.

4:30-5:30p.m.

Artist Social
This artist-only gathering allows artists to socialize with their colleagues in the Sales Rooms. It is the only time they have to see what their peers have created this year and to discuss shop. There will be an open bar (free drinks).

5:30-7:30p.m.

Cocktail Hour: free drinks
The bar will be open for artists to relax after meticulously setting up their sales tables and for collectors to unwind after a long day of attending sessions, demonstrations and getting a second wind while spending these two hours of shopping at the largest selection of dolls and teddy bears made by so many leading artists.

5:30-7:30p.m.

Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Sales Rooms Early Access
Convention registrants have early access to all six (6) sales rooms and areas where 130 artists will have their latest creations on display and for sale.

 

5:30-7:30p.m.

Professional Doll Makers Art Guild Word Scramble Scavenger Hunt
PDMAG will hold a Doll Raffle that offers you a free entry via a word scramble scavenger hunt contest in the Friday and Saturday Show & Sale rooms. PDMAG members will be wearing white aprons and have a sign on their table. As you locate each doll artist, you will find the sign has a number and letter that matches your entry form. Once you have collected all the letters and put them into the corresponding number slots and unscramble the puzzle, you will enter it free into the raffle to win the Traveling Santa Doll made by PDMAG members specially for this Show that will be displayed in the lobby. The flyer with the word scramble form and a clue to help solve the puzzle also will be in the lobby. Only correct entries qualify to win. The winner will be notified by e-mail after the raffle and the doll will be mailed to the winner. You can also buy additional chances to win the doll for $1.00 per ticket with no limit. Tickets will be available from all PDMAG members at their tables. All proceeds go toward future Guild events.

7:30-9:30p.m.

Buffet Dinner and Introduction to the Major Artist Doll and Teddy Bear Organizations and Events
By now you have spent one or two hectic days of learning, laughing and lollygagging with old and new friends. Now is the time to sit back, have a beverage or two and a great meal from the bottomless serving dishes to the scrumptious desserts. Whether you are a new or veteran collector or artist, you should be aware of the major doll artist organizations and shows in the U.S. with the largest concentration of leading doll and teddy bear artists. This is a rare opportunity to learn more about many of these organizations and events at a single gathering in order to better appreciate the background of the artists who are members of these organizations and the events where collectors can find a large selection of leading artist creations on display and for sale. A representative will briefly tell you about these organizations and their annual event:
• Good Bears of the World (GBW)
• Original Doll Artist Council of America (ODACA)
• Hunt Valley Teddy Bear Show (HVTBS)
• Professional Doll Makers Art Guild (PDMAG)
• National Institute of American Doll Artists (NIADA)
• Teddy Bear Artist Invitational (TBAI)

Saturday, May 6

6:30-8:00a.m.

Buffet Full Breakfast

8:00-8:45a.m.

Entertainment by Musical Duo “Our Times”
John Trinckes and Linda Trinckes
Doll and teddy bear artists John and Linda Trinckes are also singer/songwriters who blend vocal harmony with very original songs that are “different”. Some of the songs cross genre and are a blend of easy listening, blues, folk, light pop, and inspirational. Their vocals are accompanied with John on the guitar. Hear some of the 30+ songs they have written including teddy bear songs “A Collectors Bear,” “Teddy’s Memory Lane,” “A Collector Extraordinaire,” and “Long Ago and Till Today.” They also plan to write some new doll and bear songs for this show.

8:15-8:30a.m.

Teddy Bear Tai Chi Class
Agnes Intelicato and Audrey Howell
Last chance at the convention to learn some Tai Chi, which is an exercise for improving energy and balance, building muscle strength, and alleviating stress and anxiety – a form of “meditation in motion” that promotes serenity and inner peace. Class is open to all. You will learn new moves at each of the three sessions. Dress comfortably. Complete the class…receive a different award at each session.

9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

Free Refreshments for All Show Attendees: coffee, tea and lemonade

Photograph Service for Artists and Collectors
Lloyd Wilson
Professional photographer Lloyd Wilson is available to take pictures of your dolls and bears each day of the convention. Sign-up for a half-hour photo session at the convention registration desk. Fee is $45 for a CD with multiple pictures of your piece and $40 for each additional piece (available on flash drive or prints). Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Drop off your piece(s) any time at the convention with Lloyd.

9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Sales Rooms
Creations by 130 doll and teddy bear artists can be enjoyed and bought at this landmark show. Meet leading doll and teddy bear artists and here is a chance to see artist creations up close¬ – the only sure way of purchasing such unique collectables to your satisfaction. Consider these artist dolls and teddy bears not only for your own collection, but they make great gifts for your friends, doll and teddy bear club raffles, and fund raiser events. In England, artist dolls and teddy bears are often given to children and grandchildren as special keepsakes and heirlooms to remember you by. The name of the artist’s piece may have sentimental value, bring back memories of a loved one, or serve as a motivational reminder for today’s younger generation. Some of the artists will have a sample creation or piece of the material used to create their dolls and bears for child touching appreciation so your child will have something to touch and feel in order to appreciate what makes these handmade creations so special. You are encouraged to join the artists and other collectors and wear your favorite doll or teddy bear top and accessories (e.g., blouse, shirt, jacket, jewelry, pins) in order to create a fun atmosphere for all!

The Professional Doll Makers Art Guild Word Scramble Scavenger Hunt continues from the Friday 5:30p.m. early access to the Sales Rooms. See details described above.

9:00-11:00a.m.

GBW Charity Silent Auction
Marlene Thomas
This is the first of two Good Bears of the World Charity Silent Auctions that will give you a wonderful opportunity to add a beautiful doll or bear to your collection and support GBW, a 501c3 charity, at the same time. Your winning bid will go toward bringing comfort to children going through traumatic experiences. There will be complete bidding instructions when you register at the Silent Auction Table. You won't want to miss the fun and excitement! There will be a morning and afternoon silent auction. Just follow these simple steps:
• Register and receive your bidder number at the auction table off the hotel lobby
• Use your bidder number to bid on your favorite items
• On the bidder form in front of the item, record your Bidder #, Last Name, and $ Bid
• At the close of the auction, winning bidders will pay for their item(s) at the auction table
• If two or more people are bidding on the same item at the close of the auction, a quick “live auction” will    determine the winner
Thank you for supporting GBW and helping to keep teddies in the arms of those who need a comforting hug!

12:00-1:00p.m.

Sandwiches and beverages may be purchased at the lunch bar operated by the hotel.

12:00-2:00p.m.

GBW Charity Silent Auction
Marlene Thomas
This is the second of two Good Bears of the World Charity Silent Auction where you can add a beautiful doll or bear to your collection and support GBW. The dolls and bears up for auction are different than those auctioned off at the morning auction. There will be complete bidding instructions when you register at the Silent Auction Table. You won't want to miss the fun and excitement! Just follow the five steps mentioned above for the 9:00-11:00a.m. silent auction.

1:00-2:00p.m. (specific time to be announced)

GBW Gifting of Teddy Bears
Terrie Stong
This is the second year in a row at this convention that Terrie Stong from Good Bears of the World will be gifting a couple of cases of teddy bears to the local Police Department. You are invited to attend this special event for the men and women of law enforcement who so often are called upon to comfort children who need a little love and hugs. Policemen, firemen, emergency workers and grief counselors agree that the teddy bear’s magical healing power is invaluable when given to children and their families in traumatic situations.

5:30-6:30p.m.

Cocktail Hour: free drinks

6:00-8:00p.m.

Buffet Dinner, Announcement of the Winners of the Beverly Port and Helen Bullard Awards for Excellence, Reliving the Convention, and Closing Ceremony (reservations required – no exceptions)
To wind up the convention, the recipients of the Beverly Port Award for Excellence among the artist teddy bear entries and the Helen Bullard Award for Excellence among the artist doll entries based on your judging on Friday evening will be announced. Bring your cameras for taking pictures of those at your dinner table, the award winners, and your favorite artists and new friends so you can share your experiences with those back home. For those who do not nod off, you will be able to relive the convention by watching slides of all of the events and activities since early Friday, which will seem like so long ago.

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