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Thursday, April 02, 2015
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FAB Fiber in Gulfport presents Kindred Spirits: Mixed Media Playmates and Puppets, a doll and puppet exhibit running through April 31, 2015. The show will feature some of Tampa Bay's most creative artists, including Patsi Aguero, Susan Andrews, Betsy Cook, Eric Folsom, Janet Folsom, Margaret Fuselier, Beryl Heeren, Cindy Heidel, Lynn Carol Henderson, Jill Oldenski, Elizabeth Neily, Kathy Pollak, Kathy Rex and Kay “Falling Leaves” Welch.
"We've never seen a hand-made doll that didn't engage us," writes Elizabeth Neily, co-owner of FAB Fiber. "
Dolls have been both trivialized and commodified by commercial production and marketing. Dolls have always been a very powerful class of artifacts, created to image what it means to be human. Dolls are about contemporary fashion, about controlling destiny, fertility, about fantasy play and storytelling. Dolls are comfort, companions, protectors and allies. Before there were knives and forks and spoons, there were dolls."
The Kindred Spirits exhibit will feature artistic dolls in all media and all sizes, with doll defined as “anything which looks back at you.” The exhibit challenges artists to explore new media, and encourages collaborative works.
In conjunction with the exhibit, doll-makers and puppet-makers will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm at FAB Fiberm 5401 Gulfport Blvd S. Admission is free.
For more information or to registers, contact Elizabeth at 727-744-7051
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