Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Harlem Holiday Doll Show and Sale

Brooklyn Dollworks by Valerie A. Gladstone

Message from
Fern Gillespie

RE:  The Harlem Holiday Doll Show and Sale
Unique Black Dolls and Holiday Ornaments at The Harlem Holiday Doll Show and Sale
Saturday, December 5 at Dwyer Cultural Center

New York, NY--(November 13, 2015) – Rare handcrafted black dolls and unique holiday ornaments will be showcased at the Morrisania Doll Society’s Harlem Holiday Doll Show and Sale on Saturday, December 5 at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue at 123rd Street.  Show hours are 11 AM to 7 PM. Admission is free.

“We invite everyone to visit our ‘Community of Creativity.’ There is no admission and the exquisite dolls and doll accessories are worth the trip,” said Ellen Ferebee, president and founder of the Morrisania Doll Society, based in Harlem.  “Visitors are always awed by the outstanding level of craftsmanship evidenced by the doll artists. There will be handcrafted dolls to fit every budget.”

Hundreds of amazing black dolls by acclaimed artists will be available at the Harlem Holiday Doll Show and Sale. On site will be Brooklyn Doll Works by Valerie A. Gladstone, named one of America’s top doll artists. Shaquora Bey will have her sophisticated soft sculpted dolls. Shirley Nigro-Hill will feature her eclectic line of line of miniature to life-size cloth, sculpture and even origami dolls. Joyce Stroman brings her one-of-a-kind dolls with clay sculptured faces and cloth bodies. There’s Rita’s Art Dolls from historic periods and the Angel Doll Company with whimsical silicon sculpted Angel Doll Babies and Angel Doll Kids by artist Vanessa Lee. Hamilo will feature Daddy’s Babies line of clowns, angels and fairies. Custom made Doll Houses by Kellan will be available. Sona Dolls has Venus body fashion dolls. Holiday ornaments by Baskets From Fern with handcrafted Kente Folk wreaths and brooms. Plus, one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments by Goldie Wilson, who is renowned for her cloth and porcelain dolls.
Art doll by Shirley Nigro

“We invite you to come, to look, to learn and to purchase,” said Ferebee. “This is our first show at the elegant Dwyer Cultural Center and we are excited to return to the heart of Harlem.”

The Morrisania Doll Society was formed to bring together doll collectors and doll artists and to help preserve the history and culture of African-American doll making.  It has produced doll events since 2000.

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  1. I have to put this show on my bucket list of doll shows. Nice pics . Thanks for sharing Debbie G.
    Debbie V

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    1. One day!
      Happy belated Thanksgiving from your friend across the sea! :D

    2. Thank you for the happy belated Thanksgiving wish. I hope you are well.


  3. Hi Debbie! Lucky are you guys to have such an event to attend. I am sure it will be very informative and that there will be some interesting dolls available to purchase.
    Have a lovely Sunday!

    1. Hi Arlette,

      This show is held annually each December. One of the hosts usually lets met know about it and will ask that I help spread the word. I have never attended but I am familiar with many of the artists who exhibit there annually. I know it is always a fabulous event with many beautiful hand crafted dolls to see.



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