Friday, August 22, 2014

Artists Tables at TBAI

During set up for the show at TBAI, I had a few minutes to walk around and take a few photos. I knew that once the show opened it would be much more difficult to get photos. Not all of the artists are included here because I only took photos of those tables that were completely, or near so, arranged and ready to go. I did try to get a few pictures of individual bears if they were available. Let’s start the tour!

Dagmar Seibel – DS Baren, Germany

Darlene Allen – Raspbeary Bears, Florida

Pam Kisner – The Bear Maker, West Virginia

Art Rogers – Chatham Village Bears, Missouri

Amy Thornton – Mutz Tootsz, Wisconsin

Stevi T – Stevi T’s Alpaca Encounters, Pennsylvania

Martha Bumala – Waverly Crossing Bears, Virginia

Susan McKay – Bears of the Abbey, Ontario, Canada

Barbara Ayers – Bug Bee Bears, Florida

Dian Pete – Bears for Pete Sake, Florida

Martha Burch – Martha’s Bears, Wisconsin

Armella Dana- Bears ‘n Buds by Armella, Iowa

Sharon Edwards – Bear Hugs, Ontario, Canada

Donna Griffin – Donna and the Bears, Virginia

Candy Cannavino – Candy’s Bears, West Virginia

Penny French – Penny’s Backmountain Bears, Pennsylvania

There was quite a bit of temptation in the showroom and so much more to see than I have included here.  The bonus to attending TBAI, as with all the shows, is that you get to pick up and hold these furry friends.  Some are weighted and some are soft and squishy.  That’s one thing this little bit of technology can’t quite convey.  I hope you enjoyed this stroll around the showroom before it was officially a showroom! 

Until next time,

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TBAI 2014 – More Gallery Pieces

Continuing my post from yesterday, I present the rest of the gallery pieces. It was during the opening of the gallery that the People’s Choice Awards were voted on. There were two categories Over 8 Inches and Under 8 Inches. We were able to vote for our top three choices. Take a look and imagine if you had been there, which pieces would you have voted for?


Barbara Ayars – “Suzanne” Memories from the 1950’s


Susan Smith – First Love Floating on Cloud Nine!


Candi Taylor - Endangered Species


Margaret Jackson - Hagar the Horrible–The Mottley Crew


Dagmar Seibel – Rainforest in Asia


Shane Elliott – Doodle


Ginger Brame – Stairway to Imagination (looks vaguely familiar, right?)


Amy Thornton – NOLA (New Orleans, LA)


Donna Manthey – Almost One…..Hickory, Dickory, Dock


Johni Jacobsen – Three Men In A Tub


Cindy Malchoff – Rockford Peaches-Millie


Dian Pete – Pierre


Lin Chamberlain – Hello Dolly!  Dollibear!


Judith Eppolito – Wildlife Preserves


Darlene Allen – Alice Through the Looking Glass


Sharon Edwards – Poseidon, King of the Sea


Pam Pontious – Inchworm Express Mail


Susan McKay - Beagle & Batwing


Mary Kolar – Titanic Polar Bear


Larry Ransom – Lion King


Martha Burch – I Made Miniatures-A Fairy Forest


Donna Nielsen – In the Rainforest


Vicki Stephan – Tom’s Fence Paintin’ Revelation

It is difficult to choose just three in each category, isn’t it? It was definitely a challenge. After a lovely dinner with all kinds of delicious dishes, they announced the winners. In the Over 8 Inches category the winners were:

1st place: Stevie T – Searching for a Friend
2nd place: JoAnne O’Hanlon – America, the Beautiful – Fourth of July Parade
3rd place: Candi Taylor – Endangered Species

In the Under 8 Inches category, the winners were:

1st place: Ginger Brame – Stairway to Imagination (This was wonderfully exciting!)
2nd place: Katherine Hallam – Alice Falls Down
3rd place: Martha Burch – I Made Miniatures Fairy Forest

Here’s a photo of the winners.

Here’s the crystal they gave the first place winners. Pretty cool huh?

My next post will feature a selection of artist tables that I managed to photograph during set up for the show. See you then!

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TBAI 2014 –Part 2

Today I have some more photos from TBAI. There were several fun activities on Friday but one of the big events was the opening of the one-of-a-kind artist gallery and voting for the People’s Choice Award. I took photos of each gallery piece (at least I hope I didn’t miss any of them!) and wanted to show you the amazing work on display and for sale. While I tried to capture these in the best light available, photos don’t do justice to them. There’s quite a lot of work to show so, I am going to post half of the photos today and the other half in my next post. Enjoy!


Magic Carpet Ride – Jan Alford


Friends of the Rainforest – Wanda Carson


There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe – Jane Woodard


“Glenda, the Good Witch” The Battle of Good vs Evil – Penny French


Halloween – Jackie Melerski


Blowing Bear Bubbles – Candy Cannavino


Hogan Collecting Bird Nests – Diana Lee Palomba


Searching for a Friend – Stevi T


Mrs. Sherlock (Mary Russell) Holmes – Armella Dana


Humpty Dumpty – Pam Kisner


Arabian Nights – Cindy McGuire


Three Billy Goats Gruff – Art Rogers


Puppet Master – Diana Ussery


Saturday Afternoon – Sandra Czaja


America, the Beautiful – Fourth of July Parade – JoAnne O’ Hanlon


Elphaba and Glinda – Martha Bumala


Diary of Anne Frank – Marjan Balke


1920’s Paper Boy – Sharon Barron


Puss & Boots – Diana Watts


Little Bo Peep – Dolores Austin


Alice Falls Down – Katherine Hallam


Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Donna Griffin


Princess and the Pea – Lulu Tatum


Maggie’s Memories/Rear View Mirror 2014 – Maggie Newman

That’s quite a selection of work, isn’t it?  But wait, there’s more!
To be continued . . .

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