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November Issue 2003

Parkway Craft Center in Blowing Rock, NC, Offers Exhibition on Doll Making

The Parkway Craft Center at Moses Cone Manor in Blowing Rock, NC, is offering an exhibition focusing on handmade dolls during the month of Nov., 2003. Eleven doll makers, all members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, will gather the finest collection of dolls presenting one of the largest shows of its kind in this area.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is one of the oldest and largest non-profit guilds in the country. Founded in 1930, dolls were prominent among the heritage crafts produced. Today's doll makers encompass many styles and sizes including whimsical, puppets, traditional and "folksy". If you or someone you know are doll lovers, don't miss this event!

Artists showing are Beth Catania, Chandra Peltier-Cerchione, Lorrayne Connor, Gabriel Cyr, Lindy Evans, Rosemaree Huff, Lesley Keeble, Nancy Kubale-Wicker, Charlie Patricolo, Bonnie Spradlin, and Dee Dee Triplett representing nearly 80 cumulative years of Southern Highland Craft Guild membership and many more years of making dolls. They have perfected their craft. Workmanship is superb, and variety is endless.

As a special treat, Beth Kelly-Zorbanos, corn shuck doll artist, will be demonstrating Nov. 6-9. She will have on display a doll made by the late doll artist, Ellen Turner. Turner dolls are rare and it will be a great opportunity to see an original.

With the gift-giving season upon us, this is the perfect time to think about those on your list who will appreciate a finely crafted doll or other gifts from Parkway Craft Center. Even if it is too cool to rock in the chairs on the porch, the views are still spectacular. Come in, warm your toes, and tickle your fancy by wandering through the craft gallery and selecting the perfect gift for special people.

For more information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the center at 828/295-7938 or e-mail to (parkwaycraft@skybest.com).

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