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Dolls on Parade!

“Dolls on Parade” is modeled after several similar art exhibits throughout the world, like Alaska’s own Wild Salmon on Parade in Anchorage, or the Veggies in Motion in Palmer!

The Valley Community for Recycling Solutions (VCRS) and the Valley Arts Alliance (VAA) invite all artists to join in by submitting a design idea for decorating a doll. There is no fee to submit an entry, and artists may submit up to two entries. Design entries are due by Thursday, April 22, 2010, which is Earth Day!

Our jury will select approximately 30 entries, based on artistic creativity and originality of design. Artists whose designs have been selected will be provided with a doll approximately 16 inches tall, with porcelain head, arms and legs and a cloth body. This will be the blank canvas for artistic creation.

Completed dolls will go on display July 10 at Madd Matters in Palmer, and later at the Valley Arts Alliance Art Pavilion at the Alaska State Fair and at other sites around the Valley. Artists should take into consideration that the dolls will be on public display at a variety of sites, and plan their use of materials accordingly.

At the conclusion of this year’s Dolls on Parade, each doll will be auctioned to the public during a grand opening of the new VCRS Recycling Center in mid-November, and the proceeds will be divided between the Valley Arts Alliance and the Valley Community for Recycling Solutions. Artists will be recognized for their designs, and will receive loads of free publicity, but will receive no compensation.

Un-modified dolls will be available for viewing between now and Thursday, April 22, 2010 (Earth Day) at Madd Matters, Just Sew, Turkey Red, and Fireside Books in Palmer; at Aurora Bead and Craft, Roxanne’s Dolls, Dorothy Page Museum, and Pandemonium Books in Wasilla; and along the Palmer-Wasilla Hwy at the Valley Community for Recycling Solutions and at Sophia’s Kafe Neo. Applications will be available at these locations as well.

So get your application in by Thursday, April 22, 2010!  For more information, and to download an application, visit www.ValleyArtsAlliance.com or www.valleyrecycling.org.

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