doll and teddy bear artist and collector convention

 

Optional Workshop Agenda

Thursday, April 12

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

Workshop and Convention Registration

6:30-8:00a.m.

Breakfast (on your own) at private workshop dining room or hotel restaurant

A special $12 (incl. tax/tip) buffet breakfast is available in the private workshop dining room and consists of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fried potatoes, assorted breakfast breads with butter and assorted jellies, coffee, decaf, tea.

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

Artists Set Up for Signed, Certified One-of-a-Kind Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Sale and Judging for the Helen Bullard Doll Awards and the Beverly Port Teddy Bear Awards

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

Refreshments All Day: coffee, tea and lemonade

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


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. This will be the sculpting stand to hold the dowel.
Fee: $95 & payable by check, Paypal, payment at class
Contact artist to register:
Postal address to send checks provided when register with instructor
(715) 327-8221
dianekeelerart@gmail.com
www.dianekeeler.com

Tips, Techniques & Tinting
(7 Hours – 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.)
Michelle Lamb
This all day workshop will start the morning off with demonstrations of innovative variations and experimentation of the standards of bear making. It will include pattern design/alterations and layout and suggestions for creating new patterns from 2d images. There will be sewing and jointing tips, various techniques demonstrated for noses, paw pads and custom eye backings and eyelids. How to correct flaws in proportion in already sewn bears, cutting two right arms or two right side bodies with no fur left to correct, having eyes with pupils that don’t match or are wrong color or wire has broken off, accidentally making an indelible mark on your paw pad or fur or other color disasters, fixing a bear with no chin or too much chin, or too low of a forehead, or has a bald spot, losing an ear into the stratosphere, the list goes on. In the afternoon we will focus on finishing the overall composition of your bear, utilizing pigmentation through various mediums to add more depth and dimension by the use of color coordination, color layering and shading. This use of color to enhance the bear is also key when choosing eyes/paw pad material/accessories or costuming. Using additional color other than that found inherent within the fabrics creates a subtle drama that leads the viewer’s eye throughout the piece as a whole, after their gaze and heart has already been drawn in by the eyes and face. Instructor will provide a variety of materials to supplement what students already have on hand for pigmentation, a pattern with a variety of alternatives that you can use as is or as an example for making your own pattern alterations, Apoxie clay for possible nose or eyelids, eyelid cording and backing choices and examples on hand for demonstration purposes.
Bring to class: Bring a stuffed bear(s) with a pair of colored translucent eyes that fit, their markers (Faber Castell Artist Pitt pens suggested but Copic great for blending pigment), colored pencils (Prismacolor Premier recommended), a few choices of costume and/or accessories/ribbons for the bear, the usual sewing supplies, tweezers, good scissors and the pattern they made the bear in. Please have nose on bear already so we can get to shaping/coloring even though we will be discussing alternative variations and it is best that the floss is somewhat near the same shade as either the fur or the paw pads, so we can tint and shade it for more dimension. Notepad or sketch pad to record tips. Any bears with flaws you think aren’t fixable and any questions.
Fee: $100 payable by cash (payable at class), check, credit card
Contact artist to register:
Postal address to send checks provided when register with instructor
(720) 329-0127 (9am-8pm MST)
michelle@oneandonlybears.com

BoPeep Costume for Bleuette or 16” Resin Huret
(7 hours – 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.)
Barbara DeVilbiss
A Mardi Gras Costume is created on specially printed fabric in the form of the darling Bo Peep Ensemble for either Bleuette or the 16” resin body Huret. The bodice is printed with the piping and shoulder seams sewn so the bodice is quickly assembled. Pleating and gathers are sewn in the skirt and peplum to make it easy to attach to the bodice. Costume is sewn by hand or machine in class. Instructor will provide the fabric, findings, thread and needles for the ensemble.
Bring to class: Bring a sewing machine and light along with an adequate sewing kit.
Fee: $125 (Bleuette kit) or $145 (Huret kit) payable by check, money order
Contact artist to register:
Postal address to send checks provided when register with instructor
(732) 500-6965
devilbissdesigns@aol.com

Happy Trapunto Turtle
(7 hours – 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.)
Francisco Carreno
In this class you will learn how to make a smiley turtle that is 5” long, 4” wide and 1.75” tall. In the process you will be introduced to the basics of needle sculpting, jointing, wiring, shading and trapunto (a method of quilting that is also called “stuffed technique” and creates a raised surface on the quilt). Instructor will provide all materials and tools. Students need not bring anything.
Fee: $150 payable by check, Paypal
Contact artist to register:
Postal address to send checks provided when register with instructor
info@TheBearMaker.com (9am-5pm EST)
www.thebearmaker.com

Old World Style Creche Angel
(7 hours – 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.)
Michelle Pulaski
Students will paint and assemble one of two resin angels (a male or female) from kits provided by the instructor. Each kit will include the resin head, arms, legs, wings and material to create a cloth body. The instructor will supply paint, brushes and other supplies. During the full day class students will put together a body on a wire armature, paint the parts and attach them to finish and complete the body.
Fee: $95 & payable by check, Paypal
Contact artist to register:
Postal address to send checks provided when register with instructor
realms06@hotmail.com

Little Lamb Lissette
(7 hours – 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.)
Marla Niederer
Little Lamb Lissette is a delightful little lamb inspired by an antique lamb created for the French Market. She is a 5 1/2” tall and 4” long companion for your favorite doll or bear. In this workshop you will learn how to use a wire armature for the legs, add stuffing, needle felt on fur, create eyelids, use Prismacolor pencils to add details, create a hat, and embellish her with ribbons and a bell. By the end of this full day workshop you will walk away with a delightful Little Lamb Lissette of your very own! Students will be provided with a kit that includes a pre-sewn lamb head, a pre-sewn lamb body, Little Lamb Lissette template pattern, wire ribbon, wool roving, pre-sewn hat, tiny bell, and written instructions.
Level of skill required: Beginners with strong hand sewing skills through advanced students.
Bring to class: Embroidery scissors, fiberfill, #7 English style darning needle, beading needles, needle-felting needle, Prismacolor pencils in the following colors: pink, burnt ochre, and dark umber, a curved tip surgical clamp (hemostat)
Fee: $100 payable by check, Paypal
Maximum students: 12
Contact artist to register:
Postal address to send checks provided when register with instructor
orsinisangels@gmail.com
www.orsinisangels.blogspot.com

A Gold Fish Pond Plus Teddy
(7 hours – 8:00am-4:00pm)
Dolores Austin and Pam Kisner
In the first half of the day, the students will complete a small pond that will include learning how to make lily pads, tall pond grass, cat tails, gold fish, forming and painting the rocks around the pond plus adding touches of color to the greenery. Grass will be added to the base and around the pond to complete the vignette. In the second half of the class, you will learn to make a bear holding one of the fish in his mouth. The bear will come pre-sewn and head stuffed plus the body will be wired. You will learn how to complete the bear to add to the vignette. All supplies will be provided by the instructors.
Bring to class: small pair of sharp scissors, pliers with a cutting edge and tweezers.
Fee: $95 payable by check, Paypal
Contact artist to register:
Postal address to send checks provided when register with instructor
(570) 313-2327 (9am-9pm EST)
doloresja@aol.com

Decorating a Small Christmas Tree
(5 hours – 8:00a.m.-2:00p.m.)
Maggie Anderson
You will choose a tree in the size and color you wish to work with. Trees will range in size from 1 to 6 inches tall. You will learn how to antique your tree to make it look as old as you like, similar to the example in the picture. You will be given a packet of materials to make your decorations, you will be shown how to create several different ornaments, and you will be taught a shortcut method for creating beautiful bows. If you have photos of old ornaments you'd like to recreate, feel free to bring the photos to the workshop and we'll see what we can come up with. I will have some miniature cotton batting so you can tackle some of the old German style ornaments, and I will have many examples of finished ornaments for you to be inspired by. All tools and materials will be provided.
Bring to class: You may bring any paper cutting scissors, needle-nosed pliers and magnifying lenses if you have them. It will keep you from having to wait to use the ones I will bring with me.
Fee: $50 payable by check, Paypal
Contact artist to register:
Postal address to send checks provided when register with instructor
littlebea3@aol.com

Sculpting a Bobblehead
(4 hours – 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m.)
Debbie Weimert
This is a fun and simple class to learn how to sculpt and put together a bobblehead doll. The picture shown is an example of the Cheshire Cat, but you will be designing and making your own bobblehead of whatever subject you choose. The bobblehead will be approximately 4-6 inches tall. You will be sculpting it out of polymer clay. The instructor will provide all materials needed for making the bobblehead.
Bring to class: Your own tools to sculpt with.
Fee: $95 payable by cash (at class), check, credit card, Paypal
Contact artist to register:
Postal address to send checks provided when register with instructor
(410) 610-2658
daydreamerdebbieweimert@gmail.com

High Relief Portrait Sculpture
(4 hours – 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m.)
Maria Saracino
Relief, also called relievo, (Italian relievare, “to raise”), in sculpture, is any work in which the figures project from a supporting background, usually a plane surface. Reliefs are classified according to the height of the figures’ projection or detachment from the background. In a high relief, or alto-relievo, the forms project at least half or more of their natural circumference from the background and may in parts be completely disengaged from the ground, thus approximating sculpture in the round. In this workshop you will learn about facial anatomy and creating realistic details and skin tone. You will learn about working with polymer clay, how to paint eyes and finishing details. The instructor will sculpt right alongside you, taking you through the steps to create a whimsical high relief portrait sculpture. This is a 3-4 hour workshop. All supplies and tools are included. Students will receive a printed tutorial or PDF on a USB drive to take home.
Fee: $50 payable by check, Paypal
Contact artist to register:
Postal address to send checks provided when register with instructor
(613) 425-1729
maria@saracino.ca
www.saracinocollection.com

Fun Medallions
(4 hours – 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m.)
Lillian Alberti
Create these fun, wearable 2” diameter medallions! This class has been designed for the intermediate crafter with some sculpting skills. Previous experience with paper clay is helpful though not necessary. The instructor will provide an instruction booklet, metal medallions, paper clay, blow-dryer, trinkets, and bonding glue.
Bring to class: Needle nose pliers, paint brushes, sculpting tools, sand paper/emery board, x-acto knife needle, assorted paints, and additional trinkets.
Fee: $110 payable by check, Paypal
Maximum students: 6
Contact artist to register:
Postal address to send checks provided when register with instructor
(845) 988-5482
albersich@yahoo.com
www.a-lil-whimsy.com

Quick Sketch and Sketches in Clay
(4 hours – 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m.)
Valerie Gladstone
This class is designed to free up the artist and to help improve eye-hand coordination. You will start by learning how to sketch a face. We will then translate that process to sketching in clay and creating a head. The instructor will provide aluminum foil, convection oven, dowels, fiber fill, hot glue, pearl eyes, pennies, powder pigments, and varnish. Hand outs will be given out at class Bring to class: Polymer clay, sculpting tools, small sketch book, sketching pencils
Bring to class:
Polymer clay, sculpting tools, small sketch book, sketching pencils
Fee:$85 payable by cash (at the class), check, credit card and Paypal
Maximum students: 10
Contact artist to register:
Postal address to send checks provided when register with instructor
info@brooklyndollworks.com

12:00-1:00p.m.

Lunch (on your own) at private workshop dining room or hotel restaurant

A special lunch selection (prices include tax/tip) is available in the private workshop dining room and consists of cheeseburger & fries ($7), chicken fingers & fries ($7), assorted wraps ($7), garden salad with assorted dressings ($5), yogurt parfait ($4.50), soft pretzel ($2), bottled water ($2), soft drinks ($2)

1:00-4:00p.m.

Basics of Smocking
(3 hours – 1:00-4:00p.m.)
Amparo Sanchez-Sarmiento
In this class you will learn how to prepare the fabric, the use of a pleater and basic stitches that will be incorporated into a small bonnet. Also you will take home a small bishop dress to practice the stitches and learn the technique to distribute the pleats on this style dress. Supplies will be included.
Fee: $60 payable by check
Contact artist to register:
Postal address to send checks provided when register with instructor
(320) 342-4450
ampaross2007@gmail.com

Creative Paperclay
(3 hours – 1:00-4:00p.m.)
Tina Parsons
Want to try paperclay instead of polymer? This class is for you! Paperclay is much more economical and easier on the hands than polymer. We will be working with the name brand Creative Paperclay and it’s products. This clay is air dry, no baking required and sticks to most surfaces. You will try two types of clay. You can get great detail and durability with it and it dries lightweight and hard. Without the need for baking, the possibilities of creativity are endless. We will go through application, sculpting, and refining. Just for fun we will create a mushroom character using a gourd and paperclay. The gourd base will be provided with some clay and we will do the sculpting in class, however, it needs time to dry so you will take it home to paint and embellish as you wish. The photo is an example of what you can do. Let’s play with some clay!
Bring to class: Favorite sculpting tools, soft small paintbrush for smoothing (#2 filbert is nice)
Fee: $85 payable by credit card, Paypal
Contact artist to register:
Postal address to send checks provided when register with instructor
410-713-5570 (8-10 p.m.)
contact@thewickedwoods.com

Pattern Making from a Basic Bodice and Sleeve
(3 hours – 1:00-4:00p.m.)
Cindy McGuire
This is a continuation from my basic draping and pattern making class. If you did not attend that class, fear not. I will go over draping a basic bodice, but more time will be spent on using that basic bodice to create other items of clothing. If you are an artist or creator, or even just a sewer, these skills are so valuable to dressing your dolls, bears or animals. No longer would you be dependent on a purchased pattern. While many of you know me as a Teddy Bear artist, my background and degree is in Fashion design, which concentrated on these skills.
Bring to class: Soft bodied bear or doll bigger then 8 inches, fine line sharpie, 2 yards of 1/4" dark ribbon, straight edge ruler, scissors, 1/2 yard of felt or cotton fabric to create a garment for your doll or bear.
Fee: $50 payable by check, Paypal, or credit card one month before the class
Contact artist to register:
Postal address to send checks provided when register with instructor
(740) 387-7742 of (740) 360-9396 (before 9:30p.m. EST)
chinacupboardbears@hotmail.com

Convention Agenda

Thursday, April 12

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

Artists Set Up for Signed, Certified One-of-a-Kind Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Sale and Judging for the Helen Bullard Doll Awards and the Beverly Port Teddy Bear Awards

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 events 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. 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 the Quinlans to understand what makes this event unique and to be briefed on all of the activities you will encounter, such as, 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 Friday, insider tips about the open bar and buffet meals, ins and outs of the Discount Coupon Drawing, experiencing the Early Access to the Sales Room, and surviving the Sales Rooms.

5:30-6:30p.m.

Cocktail Hour: free drinks

5:30-6:30p.m.

Signed and Certified 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 is signed by the artist and reflects their style and image that is most recognized by the world of collectors. Most importantly, it is certified by the artist to be 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 exhibits.

6:30-8:30p.m.

Dinner (on your own) at private convention dining room or hotel restaurant

A special $20 (incl. tax/tip) buffet dinner is available in the private convention dining room and consists of BBQ ribs, fried chicken, corn on the cobb, potato salad, garden salad with assorted dressings, apple pie, assorted cookies, brownies, coffee, decaf, hot tea, iced tea.

Friday, April 13

6:00-8:00a.m.

Convention Registration

6:00-8:00a.m.

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

6:30-8:00a.m.

Buffet Full Breakfast

6:30-11:00a.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 2:00-4:30p.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 Show & Sale 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.-3:00p.m.

One-on-One Mentoring for New Doll and Teddy Bear Artists - by appointment

These one-on-one mentoring sessions offer suggestions from highly experienced artists 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.

7:15-8:45a.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. There are no regular size dolls and bears sold here – that is reserved for this evening’s Show & Sale.

9:15-10:00a.m.

Creative Displays for Your Dolls or Bears at Shows

Debbie Weimert
In this presentation I will show you different ways to display your dolls and bears at shows. We will start with the simplest displays and go from there. I will show you different options you have whether you are flying to the show or traveling by car. We will discuss and share ideas of how we each display and what works or doesn’t work for us as individuals.

Toy Prop Making
Michelle Pulaski
This session will explain how to make scale toys to go with dolls and bears like a Santa or Peddler Doll. The discussion and demonstration will include tips on how to make scale size toys such as a jack-in-the-box, simple rocking horse, pull toy and the like.

Hats Off to History – Hats from La Poupee Modele 1865-1917
Barbara DeVilbiss
La Poupee Modele
is one of the most popular French girl's magazines beginning in the era of the French Fashion Poupee (1865) through the age of BEBE & Mignonette (1917). Hats were very much a part of the fashion of the 1800-1900s. In addition to the usual articles and clothing patterns, hats were often presented in miniature in this magazine. Most have been made to fit 12”-16” French Fashion dolls as well as those for Mignonette. The publisher also printed magazines for adults and those illustrations were often used to illustrate the doll patterns. Join me for a tour through these designs by viewing the many miniature hats on the screen and in presentation cabinets (see picture).

10:15a.m.-11:00a.m.

Six Special One-of-a-Kind Doll & Bear Theme Exhibits

These six (6) theme exhibits are intended to challenge the creativity and skills of the leading U.S. and international artists in attendance. The purpose of these galleries is to motivate the artists to think outside the box – to try entirely new designs, materials and techniques – in order to enter new and broader markets for their creations. The result is a gallery of exhibits of never before seen dolls and teddy bears by the collector community. All artist dolls and bears on display in these six exhibits are one-of-a-kind pieces and signed by the artist. They are all for sale.

• Part-Doll, Part-Bear Characters
• Creations Good Enough to Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Fashions from Your Favorite Period of Time
• Greatest Moments in History
• Science Fiction Characters
• Famous American Women or Men

11:00-11:15a.m.

Dancing with the Bears
Audrey Howell and Agnes Intelicato
Bring your own teddy (or not) and join us…where we'll teach simple line dancing steps you can put to use on the dance floor. In the afternoon session we'll show you simple dance steps we love to use on the dance floor. A trophy will be awarded to one dancer at each session. Come join us and dance with the Bears!!!

11:15-12:00p.m.

Professional Doll Making: Five Key Steps to Building a Successful Business
Jack Johnston
This session will provide an introduction to the history of Johnston Original Art dolls and the following five nuances of developing a professional doll making business:
• Discuss the concept of starting your own business
• Feasibility and analysis
• Write a business and marketing plan
• Produce an eCommerce website
• Advertise in magazines and maximize social media platforms
The speaker will be selling and signing copies of his new book “Professional Doll Making: 25 Key Steps to Building a Successful Business” at the end of this session.

Mixed Media: Using Mohair and Sculpting Clay to Create Unique Designs
Tyler Crain
Learn to look at your craft through a new lens of mixed media. Create unique and intriguing art pieces by combining sewing techniques to produce teddy bears and sculpture of polymer clay to create not just accessories, but whole components of your pieces.

Us and Them
Alexandra Wilde Langley
This is an exploration about our human relationship with dolls – looking at a history that dates from prehistoric times to the present and considering dolls in ritual, literature, film, common culture, and more. We will examine our philosophies and notions of our relationships to these similar, anthropomorphic “beings” and why we are drawn to and sometimes frightened by them.

11:15-12:00p.m.

GBW General Membership Meeting
Terrie Stong
The Good Bears of the World will hold their Annual Membership Meeting. Nonmembers are welcome too.

12:00-1:00p.m.

Buffet Lunch

1:00-1:45p.m.

Building a Business as an Artist
Maria Saracino
In the first 18 years of her career, Maria worked as a graphic designer in her own advertising agency. From 1995 to the present time, she has been working as a figurative artist. Using what she learned during her ad agency days and through trial, error and persistence, she has built a full-time business around her work as a polymer clay artist. She is currently represented by six galleries; she teaches workshops in her studio, online and in schools and galleries; she also accepts several portrait commissions each year. Her work has won numerous awards, including a DOTY and been included in several museum exhibits and permanent installations in her hometown. In this session, she will discuss the basics of turning your hobby into a business:
• Finding your niche – what makes you special?
• Creating a body of work
• Your professional image – photos, printed material, bio, social media, blog, mailing list
• Creating goals and sticking to the plan
• Taking advantage of local opportunities and where to find them
• Do’s and don’t’s of approaching galleries and publications
• Shows and exhibits

Storytelling in Cloth
Christine Shively-Benjamin
This session explores Christine Shively-Benjamin's journey in creating original Art Dolls. She shares her studio, inspirations and progression of her work. A bonus twist at the end will wrap up the program.

From Simple to Fabulous Headdresses for Your Art Dolls
Marla Niederer
A slide show of a variety of art doll headdresses utilizing a variety of materials will be presented along with a detailed discussion of how four of the headdresses were specifically created. A breakout session will be included in this session where small groups of attendees will be given the opportunity to co-operatively create an art doll headdress utilizing the presenter’s materials. There will be a show and tell of the headdresses created at the end of the session. By the end of this presentation you will be inspired enough to create Fabulous Art Doll Headdresses of your own!

1:45-2:00p.m.

Dancing with the Bears
Agnes Intelicato and Audrey Howell
Bring your own teddy (or not) and join us…where we'll teach you simple dance steps we love to use on the dance floor. A trophy will be awarded to one dancer at this session. Come join us and dance with the Bears!!!

2:00-2:45p.m.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum…It’s All Part of the Adventure!
Cindy McGuire
This is a continuation of my travel lectures that deals with all the things that have gone wrong in our 10 years of adventures, and how we can laugh at them now!

How to Create a Wooden Steampunk Hat
Bob Niederer
Inspired by the steampunk creations witnessed at the 2017 Philadelphia Artist Doll and Teddy Bear Conference, I had to create a steampunk hat of my own. Of course, since I am a woodworker, the hat has been created out of wood! A slide presentation of the various steps involved in creating this steampunk wooden hat will be shown along with a discussion on the various techniques utilized in this creation. By the end of this session, I hope to leave you inspired enough to create a steampunk hat of your own.

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 make discounted purchases at this evening’s early access to the Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale.

3:00-3:45p.m.

Doll and Teddy Bear Collectors: Why, What and How You Collect
Susan Quinlan (moderator)
Whether you collect antique, artist and/or contemporary dolls or teddy bears, please join in this group discussion so we can better appreciate doll and bear collecting through the eyes of collectors with different interests and perspectives. Tell us who, how, what, where and why you collect. Why do you prefer antique dolls/bears over artist dolls/bears or vice versa? What do you think about the current and future state of the collectable world? Bring questions about anything that is on your mind.

3:30-5:30p.m.

Artists Set Up for the Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale

5:30-7:30p.m.

Cocktail Hour: free drinks

5:30-7:30p.m.

Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale 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.

 

7:30-9:30p.m.

Buffet Dinner (reservation required)

Saturday, April 14

6:30-8:00a.m.

Buffet Full Breakfast

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

Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale
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!

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

All Day Refreshments: coffee, tea and lemonade
There are free refreshments all day so you can rest occasionally in the Break Room while you leisurely go through the Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale and enjoy the thousands of artist dolls and teddy bears on display and get to know the artists who are delighted to discuss the background and creation of their pieces and to answer all of your questions. Make a day of it with your family or friends.

9:00-11:00a.m.

Good Bears of the World Charity Silent Auction – 1st of two auctions
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
• 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.

GBW Gifting of Teddy Bears
Terrie Stong
This is the third year in a row at this convention that Terrie Stong from Good Bears of the World will be gifting 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.

6:00-6:30p.m.

Professional Doll Makers Art Guild Award Ceremony
The recipients of the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild (PDMAG) Awards will be announced at this ceremony for awarding PDMAG's members who entered their annual online Gold Awards Contest. PDMAG will also be awarding a President Choice, Artist Choice and Best in Show among their members. The highlight of the award ceremony will be honoring the new recipients of the PDMAG Pinnacle Award that is given to worthy artists who are at the top of their field, who teach and who actively promote the industry as a whole.

6:00-7:00p.m.

Cocktail Hour: free drinks

6:30-8:30p.m.

Buffet Dinner, Announcement of the Winners of the Beverly Port and Helen Bullard Awards for Excellence and Closing Ceremony (reservation required)
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 Thursday 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.

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