Somebody bought Mr. Darcy!: My night at the ARC Gallery’s doll show.

My first contribution to an art exhibit! An exciting moment for any artist — for a lunatic crafter like me, I was excited just to be *called* an artist.

Chicago’s ARC Gallery is one of the oldest woman-run co-operative galleries in the country. The Doll In Flux show was held Nov. 19 to raise money for a new gallery space.

A favorite of the gallery, drag artist Lulu, sang for the attendees.

I was very impressed by the variety and creativity of each of the submissions each artist made for the show. Everyone seemed to take the prompt of “make a doll” down their own crooked path.

Probably my favorite pieces were the bits of “found art” that told a story — the stand-outs in this show were the Barbies and the Mrs. Beasley doll (strangled and nearly mummified by her own pull string). I was very happy to see Mrs. Beasley re-interpreted for this show (and, considering this particular doll can go for as much as $400 on the collector’s market, I admire the artist’s commitment). It brought up a lot of funny memories for me — watching my mother watch the re-runs of what had been one of her favorite shows as a kid.

As I said before, someone *did* buy Mr. Darcy — the initial bid was $20, the first bidder won him for $25. I’m very pleased and I hope he’s happy in his new home.

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~ by blackmoodcraft on December 4, 2011.

2 Responses to “Somebody bought Mr. Darcy!: My night at the ARC Gallery’s doll show.”

  1. That is so awesome! I’m hoping for something like that eventually with my photography. That’s why after the first of the year, I want Kass and I to join that photography club here in the area. 🙂

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