"Dolls on Parade"

The Valley Arts Alliance has teamed-up with the Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS) to invite all artists in the Valley to join us for Dolls on Parade, part two!

The Valley Arts Alliance has worked with the VCRS for the past 4 years, most recently when we arranged for models and artists of the 2011 VAA Wearable Art and Runway Fashion Show to participate at the VCRS “OCEANS” luncheon last February.

Dolls on Parade is modeled after several similar art exhibits throughout the world, including Alaska’s Wild Salmon on Parade in Anchorage and Veggies in Motion in Palmer. Artists were invited to submit a design proposal for decorating a doll—a “blank canvas” for artistic expression—that will be displayed throughout the Valley this summer!

Fifteen entries were selected based on artistic creativity and originality of design, and those artists were provided with a doll approximately 16 inches tall that they decorated and modified.

The dolls will be on display at the 2011 Alaska State Fair, and at other sites around the Valley. The dolls will be auctioned to the public on Friday, October 21, during our "Hello Dolly" event at the Palmer Moose Lodge located at 1100 Cobb Street in Palmer, and the proceeds will be used to help support art and recycling in our community!

The Valley Arts Alliance and the VCRS wish to give a special Thank You to the artists for making these beautiful dolls! The dolls, and their creative artists, are listed below, based on the above pictures, left-right, top-bottom:

Line 1: Make Do & Mend by Sandra Cook; American Eye-Doll by Suzanne Bach and Taylor Buxton; and Re-cyclops, Defender of the Ocean by Jennifer Forrest;

Line 2: Wendy Chimes by Terry Koch; Catching Time by Tamora Harding-Childs; and Illegal Alien by Norma Thigpen;

Line 3: Divine Mannequin by Tamora Harding-Childs; Sharia Law by Becky Hiatt; and Trash to Treasure by Dee Hurn;

Line 4: Civil War Uniform by Bonna Downs; Lazy Mountain Yeta by Victoria Bush; and Metal Melitia by Melissa Lord;

Line 5: Madame Azul by Roxamme Limback; The Unaccounted for of the Prison Population by Kellie Davis; and Statue of Liberty to Recycle by Jennifer Forrest.