This is our 2nd time participating in the Susan Quinlan Artist Doll & Teddy Bear Convention. The event was held at the same location as last year, in the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center.
We were so happy to meet our fellow bear and doll artist friends again. We gave everyone a big "bear" hug as we met. This event somehow seemed to have a unique magical power, having the ability to bind artists and collectors together. No one seemed to be strangers as everyone had a great smile on their faces. This was possibly one of the reasons why Wayne had decided to come again. He felt a deep sense of belonging at the show, where he could not have felt the same at any other shows he had attended.
|He ain't Heavy, He's my Brother by Wayne Lim|
We arrived at the hotel on Thursday, 12 April and the first thing we did is to display our OOAK (One-of-a-Kind) Signature Gallery piece at the Ballroom. This year, Wayne gave his best to create and present his creation, "He ain't Heavy, He's my Brother" on the gallery. The piece consisted of a Centaur named Brave Heart and a baby cub, Micki. We were glad to hear that some artists and collectors voted for us, which meant a lot to us. Although we didn't win a prize, we were appreciative for the encouragement given, as it gave us motivation to strive to become a better bear artist. Some collectors and artists even thanked Wayne for creating the gallery piece. It gave them inspiration and a moment to appreciate something beautiful. Wayne was also very thankful to all the wonderful praises, as it made all his efforts totally worthwhile, which was priceless.
|Wanda J Carson|
This event was definitely a "must-go" to all who loves dolls and teddy bears. There was always something for everyone. On Thursday, there were several doll and bear workshops. On Friday, there was an Artist & Collector Market Place where one can shop for materials, supplies, do-dads and other accessories. There were many sharing sessions in different time slots. We attended the Toy Prop Making session by Michelle Pulaski and Five Key Steps to Building Successful Business by Jack Johnston. Wayne was very excited to purchase and receive a specially autographed book from Jack!
|With Marina Bondarenko and Katrina Bittar|
|With Tami Eveslage|
|With Karen Baker|
|Wayne is so happy to have a chance to hold one of Michelle's new raccoon design!|
|Thank you Andrea Shinn for visiting our table!|
On Saturday, the convention was opened to the public to visit and purchase creations from their favorite artists. The crowd this year seemed to be a lot less than the previous years, due to the change of date, hence it affected sales of most artists. However, we were glad to see some of the regular collectors coming to the show to support the event. We were glad that two of our creations, Mikhail and Brunost, have found new homes.
|Thank you for adopting Mikhail!|
|Wayne and his mentor, Joanne Livingston|
|Thank you for adopting Brunost!|
|Tyler and Zac Crain-Davis|
|Sean and Tami Eveslage|
In the evening, we had a wonderful time having dinner at the Presidential Ballroom where the winners of the Beverly Port and Helen Bullard Awards were announced. Congratulations to Tami Eveslage, Sue Vannattan, Katherine Hallam and Candi Taylor for emerging winners for the show!
|L-R: Tami Eveslage, Katherine Hallam and Sue VanNattan|
(Candi Tylor not in photo)