I belong to NIADA a doll artist group. Once a year we get together to show our work, meet collectors, give and listen to lectures and teach classes. Its a time to trade ideas with other artists and get energized.
This year our annual convention is at Arrowmont. It promises to be teaching and learning oriented. You dont have to be an artist to attend. Check out http://www.niada.org/info.html
Artist. I create dolls that are sculptural. I paint the face and sometimes the clothes to create a portrait painting-like quality. They are doll-like but not in the traditional play sense. I consider my unpainted sculptures to be three dimensional canvases and I paint them that way.