The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center is collecting dolls for two shows this fall, but not the Barbie and Ken variety. Curator Bill Rietveldt invited artists statewide to submit dolls of any medium, that tell a story or convey some sort of point.
What he’s recieved so far is fascinating: Fetish dolls, apple-head dolls, dolls made of clay and branches, “and we’re still nowhere near the deadline,” he said.
The artists’ doll show will open Sept. 7 for First Friday.
In October, the museum will debut a bigger show, “Dolls — Life Before TV,” featuring pre-1950s dolls, both handmade and commerical, from the museum’s collection and the Wenatchee Doll Club.
The doll shows will be held in conjuction with a massive convention being held in Wenatchee by the United Federation of Doll Clubs.
More than 200 collectors are expected to puruse the museum for the show, Rietveldt said.
“I knew that other artists make dolls and doll-like figurines not exactly thinking of playing or making commercial items, but as a work of art,” he said. “I thought it’d be interesting to see what peices we would see from them.”
To submit a doll for consideration, email up to three photos to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Not Your Ordinary Doll” in the subject line.
The deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday.