Art Dolls: Figurative Sculptures That Tell a Story
On exhibit January 9 – March 1, 2020
This exhibit features the work of students enrolled in dollmaking classes at Montgomery College taught by Wendelin Daniels. The students explore mixed media art and the human form through the design and creation of original art dolls. The technique taught in the class generally involves making the head, hands, and feet out of air dried clay. The body of the doll is soft-sculpted over a wire armature. The dolls span a wide range of persona, from portrait dolls of historical figures to fantasy dolls, and everything in between. Adorned with their distinctive costumes, accessories, and props, art dolls convey their own individual personality and story. Unlike dolls that are manufactured as children’s toys, art dolls are unique, one-of-a-kind figurative sculptures.
The exhibit also aims to illustrate some of the procedures used in making art dolls as a way to help take the mystery out of this particular art form.
Dollmaking is a painstaking process that requires many skills, including sculpting, painting, designing, wig making, costuming, and sewing. But, it all begins with an idea – a vision of who the artist wants to create. Students refine their original concepts through brainstorming and research. They develop drawings of the character they have in mind, which include sketches of the face and proportional drawings of the body. Then they delve into sculpting, painting, and assembling the doll. Costumes are created after the doll’s body is completed. Careful editing takes place throughout the process to ensure the clear communication of ideas. Students often utilize “found objects” in implementing their design as they undergo creative problem solving and repurposing of existing materials. At the end, students are rewarded and delighted with seeing their vision brought to life.
Action and Reaction by Mark Goldman
On exhibit January 9 – March 1, 2020
Action and Reaction by Mark Goldman is an exhibit centered on the two most important parts of sports photojournalism: action and reaction. It captures the instantaneous intensity, athleticism, and success created through highlighting game action of area professional and collegiate level sports teams, while also revealing the competitiveness, heart and emotion behind each player’s reaction. An accomplished photographer Mark utilizes his skills in photography, to reveal the in depth knowledge of sports it takes to photograph picture-perfect moments in such a fast-paced, competitive environment. He demonstrates his knowledge of a variety of sports by being one step ahead of the game action by carefully selecting proper placement, studying each sport, and watching the important interactions between players and coaches. The exhibit draws parallels and displays the equal level of importance between action and reaction to convey the complete story of the game.
Mark will share more about his experience in sports journalism at History Happy Hour: Wire Guys and Shooters on January 17th.
Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show
November 29 – December 31, 2019
The annual Fine Arts & Crafts Holiday Gift Show features one-of-a-kind pieces including, jewelry, quilts, pottery, and other fine arts and crafts – handmade by local artists. The Museum’s eleven resident artists will offer their newest creations; ranging from glossy enamel work and mixed media collage to a variety of metal jewelry and unique had built ceramics. You’re sure to find that perfect title something for everyone this holiday season!
In addition to the Museum’s many talented artists, local artists from the community will also have hand-crafted items made in a variety of media for sale. Every item on display for sale is unique and individually crafted by an artist who puts their heart and soul into making something special for everyone on your gift list.
Join us for a special Black Friday event to kick-off the show! Enjoy live glass blowing demonstrations, readings from local authors, visits to the resident artist studios and so much more!