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5/31/2018 Member News

"Dolls and Where They Live" exhibition at Florida CraftArt

For Immediate Release May 23, 2018
Florida CraftArt presents: Dolls and Where They Live

June 8 through July 28, 2018
See amazing artist-created dolls in environments from forest to fantasy to surreal.

Florida CraftArt invited artists to create dolls to be featured in environments suggestive of where the dolls might live. Dolls were fashioned and submitted by over 30 artists including members of the National Institute of Doll Artists, artists from around America and from as far away as New Zealand. The Exhibition Gallery at Florida CraftArt will be transformed into areas for dolls that fall into different themes, including Gothic and Surreal, Fantasy, Whimsical and Forest Woodland. The exhibition will be judged by Loretta Nardone, President of the United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC). The opening reception/awards presentation is Friday, June 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Florida CraftArt located at 501 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Saturday, June 9 is “World Doll Day” which celebrates dolls and caring, nurturing love and the people offering it. At 1:30 p.m. Ms. Nardone, President of UFDC, will present a lecture on “Doll Art for the Collector”, which will be followed by a tea-party reception. That evening from 5 to 9 p.m., Florida CraftArt gallery and the “Doll and Where they Live” exhibit will be open for the Second Saturday ArtWalk.

On Sunday, July 8, at 2 p.m., there will be a lecture “Secrets of Doll Collecting.” On Sunday, July 15, at 1 p.m. there will be a doll-making workshop, tickets can be purchased at On Saturday, July 28, 5:30 to 7 p.m., the People’s Choice Award will be presented at the closing reception. The People’s Choice Award is selected by the visitors to the gallery who vote for their favorite doll.

Presenting sponsors are Jeannine Hascall and RE/MAX METRO.

Florida CraftArt is located at 501 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. For more information, visit or call (727) 821-7391. Admission is free. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Florida CraftArt is a nonprofit organization founded in 1951 and headquartered in St. Petersburg. Its mission is to grow the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work. Fine craft art is presented in its 2,500-square-foot retail gallery and curated exhibitions are featured in its adjacent exhibition gallery. Florida CraftArt is the only statewide organization offering artists a platform to show and sell their work.

Katie Deits, CFRE
Executive Director
Florida CraftArt
501 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 821-7391

Our mission is to grow the statewide creative economy by engaging the community and advancing Florida’s fine craft artists and their work.