I just took the plunge and applied to the dolls and puppets section of the ACC Atlanta show. I have my fingers and toes crossed that i am accepted!! If you aren't familiar with the American Craft Council, please go to their site and check it out. The ACC puts on shows in Baltimore, Atlanta, San Francisco, Charlotte, St. Paul and Sarasota. When we lived in Atlanta, I used to visit the show there every year and was totally mesmerized by the incredibly talented crafters. Such inspiration! I applied 5 times (from 2000 to 2005) and then FINALLY got accepted in 2005. It was a huge goal of mine, so I was thrilled to say the least! That show was the last one I did before i headed back to a "real" job while my husband went back to school. So, since I am back in the art game now, I figured why not apply again?? No risk, no reward.
Here are 2 photos of the work of one of my all time favorite doll artists, Lesley Keeble. She exhibits regularly at the ACC Atlanta show and is also a NIADA member. Isn't she amazing????!!!! Her work is so incredibly well crafted and original....defintely something to aspire to!