By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Other | Issue: September 2009
Don’t miss Brynn Middleton at My Doll Castle in Claremore on Saturday, October 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
When you want to meet your favorite doll artists, you probably already know where to look – My Doll Castle in Claremore. On Saturday, October 3, Brynn Middleton will be at My Doll Castle from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a spectacular and fun doll-signing event. She is the daughter of Lee Middleton, a world-renowned artist, author and dollmaker. Brynn has truly become a gifted sculptor in her own right and strives to carry on her mother’s legacy.
During Brynn’s childhood, her mother provided a creative environment that encouraged developing her skills as a sculptor and wax artist. Brynn considers working with her mother a rare privilege and feels blessed to have been given the opportunity to learn and grow under Lee’s guiding influence. “Brynn makes some dolls from her mother’s molds – Lee Middleton was one of the first great American doll artists – and also makes her own, which have a totally different look,” says Gloria Pierce, owner of My Doll Castle. “She has two Asian-style dolls this year, and one of them has won her an award.”
Brynn currently resides in southeastern Ohio on her family’s farm with her husband Robert and their daughters Beth and Erin. A collaboration between Brynn and Linda Rick, The Doll Maker, created the company Lee Middleton Moments. The dolls premiered at IDEX doll show in January, 2006 to rave reviews. Doll lovers were once again able to get both Lee’s and Brynn’s dolls.
The doll signing with Brynn Middleton will offer fun and laughter, refreshments, and drawings for doll giveaways. According to Gloria, customers who make a minimum purchase on any Doll Maker doll during the signing will receive a free doll from The Doll Maker line.
“My Doll Castle has become an outing for mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters, and aunts and nieces,” says Gloria. “They make it a special day – out to lunch and a visit to My Doll Castle. It’s the perfect opportunity for the girls to pick out the doll of their choice. The doll can be a special present to remember the day, or a future Christmas, birthday or good-grades gift.”
Shoppers will find a huge selection of high-quality, affordable dolls for all ages – infants, toddlers, children, teens and adults. Whether you want a doll that is soft and cuddly, lifelike, for play or for education, chances are My Doll Castle has the perfect one. In stock are paper dolls, rag dolls, brides, fairy godmothers, ethnic dolls, retro dolls, baby dolls and more. The many talented doll artists available include Heidi Plusczok, Berdine Creedy, Adora, Ashton-Drake, Beverly Stoehr, Marie Osmond, Madame Alexander, Robert Tonner, Ginny, Hildegard Gunzel, Barry Cathers, Lee Middleton and Brynn Middleton.
New dolls by Linda Rick, who visited My Doll Castle in June, are expected to arrive soon, and Gloria is very excited about these dolls. “I have the prototype of ‘Little Violet’ and she is adorable. I already have three of her sold. We also have several collectors eagerly waiting to see ‘Willow,’ ‘Petals of Love’ and ‘April Sunshine.’ After seeing the pictures in the brochures or on our website, anxious collectors call asking when they will be here. This pertains to other artists as well, such as ‘Celeste’ by Angela Sutter. They wouldn’t ship her from Germany when we expected due to an imperfection, but she should be here any day.”
Avid doll collectors are not the only ones who enjoy perusing My Doll Castle. “Many people buy a doll to decorate with, like you would a statue or painting,” says Gloria. “Dolls are a form of art and can really bring out a room’s décor.”
Don’t miss out on the wonder of My Doll Castle, where Gloria offers an easy, flexible layaway plan. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for Saturday, October 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to meet Brynn Middleton, have her sign your doll, and enjoy refreshments, fun and giveaways.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.