By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: September 2010
Linda Rick, “The Doll Maker,” will return to My Doll Castle for a doll signing event on Saturday, September 18.
Two incredible doll artists are soon returning to My Doll Castle in Claremore: Linda Rick on September 18 and Virginia Turner on October 16. Each doll signing event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include meet-and-greets with these world-renowned artists, giveaways, refreshments and enchanting fun. After all, enchantment is what My Doll Castle is all about!
Linda Rick began making dolls as a hobby about 20 years ago. She soon became “The Doll Maker,” creating original, American-made porcelain beauties. Blessed with two sons, Linda always felt that her gift for dolls was God’s way of allowing her to express her love for princesses, brides and angels. If you love gorgeous, feminine dolls, Linda’s originals are the way to go. “They have beautiful faces, frilly dresses, long silky hair – they are truly dolls for girly girls,” says Gloria Pierce, owner of My Doll Castle. “Women purchase Linda Rick's beautiful porcelain dolls to use as decorations in their house.”
Linda also has two lines of vinyl dolls called Key to My Heart and Hayley Girls, and she produces the Precious Moments Dolls. Under Doll Maker, Linda works with several exceptional doll artists, including Diane Bucki, Brynn Middleton Riordan, Bonnie Chyle and Sharon Robinson. At the special event at My Doll Castle on September 18, Linda will bring a Precious Moments Doll available only at her signings. “She’ll also be making a limited edition Key to My Heart doll again exclusively for My Doll Castle,” says Gloria. “Last year’s doll was loved by all! Being a limited edition, she was missed by some who came late.”
Gloria explains that if you didn’t make it out to meet Linda Rick last year, you must do it this year. “This is a wonderful opportunity to meet an amazing doll artist. Linda is such a sweet person, and she has a lot of fun designing dolls.”
Virginia Turner makes another visit to My Doll Castle on Saturday, October 16.
On October 16, Virginia Turner will make her return to My Doll Castle. Virginia has been making dolls for nearly 30 years, and in 2007, she received the Jones Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award. All of the dolls made by her company, Virginia’s Very Own, are crafted in the United States. Virginia sculpts each of the dolls and designs most of their breathtaking clothing.
Traveling around the country and interacting with her fans is something Virginia genuinely enjoys. Many people she meets say they are drawn to her dolls because of the emotions the dolls inspire within them. Even people who aren't doll collectors will purchase a Virginia Turner doll because it captures their heart. “Virginia Turner dolls are truly exquisite,” says Gloria. “She is a favorite among all doll collectors. She is especially known for her dolls’ stunning eyes.”
My Doll Castle is a store that doll collectors and non-collectors alike will love to visit. Gloria’s inventory includes dolls for all ages – paper dolls, rag dolls, brides, fairy godmothers, Native American dolls, retro dolls, baby dolls and more. Many talented doll artists are available, including Berdine Creedy, Adora, Ashton-Drake, Beringuer, Marie Osmond, Madame Alexander, Ginny, and, of course, Linda Rick and Virginia Turner. Doll clothing and accessories are also available.
Be sure to attend the upcoming doll artist signings – Linda Rick on September 18 and Virginia Turner on October 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. My Doll Castle is located at 407 W. Will Rogers Blvd. in downtown Claremore. For more information, visit www.mydollcastle.com.
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.