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The 2016 Annual Harlem Holiday Doll Show and Sale with NYC’s Top African American Doll Artists


Harlem-Doll-Works 2New York City’s top Black doll artists will be showcasing and selling over 400 amazing, handcrafted dolls on Saturday, December 3 at the annual Morrisania Doll Society’s 2016 Harlem Holiday Doll Show and Sale at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue at 123rd Street. Show hours are 11 AM to 7 PM. Admission is free.

“This show is about community and creativity. This is the only doll show in New York City that features such a wide variety of top Black doll artists. The artists have created incredibly beautiful sculpture and cloth Black dolls. Many are one of a kind dolls and highly collectible,” 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 from $10 to $1,000.”

The Harlem Holiday Doll Show and Sale will features a range of fabulous Black dolls by acclaimed artists. 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 will feature her eclectic line of miniature to life-size cloth, sculpture and even origami dolls. Joyce Stroman brings her original dolls with clay sculptured faces and cloth bodies. There’s Rita’s Art Dolls from historic periods. Unique Christmas ornaments by Goldie Wilson, who is renowned for her cloth and porcelain dolls. Kellan Waverly will have one-of-a-kind Kels Mini Mansion Dollhouses. Tanya Montegut has soft sculpture Dolls by Montq. There are dolls by Judanna Cavallo, Regina Dorsey and Queen Healer. Sophy Davis and Caressa Sheppard have cloth soft dolls. Angela Huggins has Angel Hugs 4 All Dolls. Terry Jenoure features soft all fabric dolls.

For almost 25 years, Ferebee has been collecting Black dolls. She has over 150 rare Black dolls in her personal collection. “The Morrisania Doll Society is an information conduit that brings Black doll collectors and artists together,” she explained. “This show is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the doll creating and collecting community. The public is invited to the elegant Dwyer Cultural Center to look, learn and purchase.”

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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