THE PORTRAITS AND THE PAPER DOLLS - FEBRUARY 18, 2006
The work of Karen La Du and Michelle Gallagher will be presented together, individual, interconnected and collaborative-when "Portraits and Paper Dolls: an Exhibit of Photographs and Mixed Media" is shown at OM Baby Yoga, 726A Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant, NJ from February 18 through March 18, 2006. The collection will open at a reception on Saturday, February 18th from 6:00-9:00PM.
The show will highlight Michelle Gallagher's photography which specializes in black and white portraiture of children and adolescents, in tandem with Karen La Du's same-subject interpretations, hand colored and presented on fabrics and within frames that create a dialogue with one another. The children who are the subjects of both mediums are also, in certain presentations, collaborators themselves as painters of the frames in which the work appears. Certain selections will also appear in the exhibit as elaborately trimmed banners.
Karen La Du's paper doll creations-designed to inspire and interact with the imagination of children of all ages-will also be displayed. This collection of Mitzy's Ditzy Dollies and Figgy's Freaky Fiends will be shown on a variety of platforms including wall hanging and free standing self-contained miniature closets in various sizes and media, a life-sized three dimensional Ditzy Dolly, and a ten foot high paper doll painting. The entire mass market line of Mitzy's Ditzy Dollies and Figgy's Freaky Fiends will be available for sale. Tiny dollies and fiends will be handed out at the "Portraits and Paper Dolls" opening.
Commissions and portrait sessions with Michelle Gallagher and Karen La Du, both individually and in combination, can be taken by the artists at the reception on February 18th. For more information please call OM Baby Yoga at 732-899-9642 or connect with the following websites:
MITZY'S DITZY DOLLIES
The genesis of an engaging fascination with the creative process began with a love of dolls and fashion
From the basics through the bizarre and fine couture
A return to the reliable world of endless possibilities and the doll made of paper.
KAREN LA DU, FINE ARTS EDUCATOR FROM OCEAN COUNTY, NJ
UNVEILS "MITZY’S DITZY DOLLIES"
THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF DOLLS KNOWN AS "ART TOYS"
BAY HEAD, NJ, OCTOBER 1, 2005
With its sights set on reinvesting children to empower their own place and part in the creative process, a new line of laminated, articulated dolls known as Mitzy’s Ditzy Dollies was announced today by New Jersey native fine arts instructor and local artist, Mrs. Karen La Du. The dolls are make of acrylic paint on illustration boards, and are each unique in their characteristics.
The dollies come with a basic wardrobe as well as instructions on how to create and assemble an endless array of clothing limited only by the imagination of the child at play and without additional supply purchases. Owners of the dollies are urged to set themselves free by using whatever materials suit their fancy, i.e. aluminum foil, cotton puffs, bits of wrapping paper and wallpaper…anything that suits the outfits being created!
Mitzy’s Ditzy Dollies are an integral part of an effort by Mrs. La Du to "direct the children away from those handheld blinking and blipping games that serve for the most part as electronic sedatives, and into a world of personal expression and creative play." Having been inspired by the potential of self expression herself as a child, Mrs. La Du currently addresses the potential of children and adults through private lessons at her home studio and as the director of a K-8th Grade art program at a small, private school in her home state.
The first line in a series she calls "ART TOYS", Ditzy Dollies are meant to awaken the imagination of boys and girls alike. Planned for the future are other lines of articulated characters based on monsters, mythical creatures and vehicles.
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