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Sarah Russell's Bio

1510 S. Quebec Way, #42     Denver, CO  80231    303.369.7071
E-mail:  SRDOLLS

             Sarah Russell is a self-taught doll maker who has studied myth and legend for many years.  Before becoming a doll artist, she was a professor at the University of Colorado and the University of Memphis where she taught courses in communication and the impact of myth in modern culture.  She holds a Ph.D. in Communication Theory.  Sarah believes that through doll making, the myths she loves become tangible.

            Sarah's dolls combine a variety of artistic pursuits.  The heads, hands, and feet are sculpted of oil-based clay that is fired, hand painted and finished in wax.  Each body is constructed of canvas over a wire armature with careful attention to posture and movement.  Finally, original patterns for clothing, shoes, and accessories are developed, resulting in one-of-a-kind figures who seem to be caught in a moment that reveals their personality and life story.

            When Sarah competed in the Rocky Mountain Regional Doll Show after only four months of doll making, her figures took two first prizes, and she has continued that tradition, receiving top honors in national and international doll, fine crafts, and fine art shows.  Her work has been featured in Contemporary Doll Collector, Doll Crafter, Dolls Magazine, Doll Reader, Puppen Machen, and The Global Doll Society's Mitglieder Magazin.  She was also named one of America's best Santa artists by Early American Homes magazine.

            Sarah and her husband Dr. Roy Clariana live in Pennsylvania, during the winter where Roy is a professor at Penn State University.  They spend summers in Denver and at their mountain cabin in Colorado.  Although Sarah uses her maiden name as an artist, she signs her work "Sarah Ana" as a tribute to her husband and muse.

Selected Galleries and Shows: (Award winning dolls are hyperlinked to their pictures and descriptions)

Galleries:  The Gallery at Afton Pond, Yardley, PA;  White Lion Gallery, Lyons, CO; Silver Wolf Gallery, Denver, CO;  Paragon Gallery, Crested Butte, CO;  Solos Colorado, Aspen, CO
Professional Memberships:
Juried Member, Original Doll Artists Council of America (ODACA)
Juried Member, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
Member and Teacher, American Academy of Doll Artists

Colorado Indian Market, Denver, Colorado, 2003, 2005, 2006 Juried Exhibitor
Grant Humphries "Christmas in Colorado", 1994, 1996, 2006 Juried Exhibitor
Colorado Doll and Teddy Bear Show, 2004
Santa Fe Doll Art, 1997, 1998, 2003, Juried Exhibitor, Silver Medal - Original Doll Category, 1997Cover of 2003 program;
    Edith Lambert Gallery Invitational Show, 1998
The Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA, Contemporary Doll Art, 1999,  Invited Exhibitor
United Federation of Doll Clubs, Nat'l Conference, Washington D.C. 1999,  1st place - Artist-Created Original Dolls
Sirocco Invitational Doll Show, Williamsburg, VA, 1998, Juried Exhibitor
Haverford School Fine Arts Show, Haverford, PA, 1998, Juried Exhibitor
Chester County Historical Society Fine Arts Show, West Chester, PA, 1998, 1999, Juried Exhibitor
Global Doll Society, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1995, 1st place - Original Tableau, Popular Choice Award, Silver Cup for Best Overall Original Doll given by Puppen Machen Magazine
National Institute of American Doll Artists, 1994, 1996, Guest Artist
Rocky Mountain Regional Doll Fantasy, 1992 - 1999, 8 blue ribbons, Best of Show, October, 1993; Booth Awards, October 1996,
    July, 1998
Oxford Art Society's 99th Fall Exhibition, Oxford, England, 1995, Juried Exhibitor
Grant Humphries "Springtime in Colorado", 1995, Juried Exhibitor, Best of Show
Show of Hands "Toy Show", 1994 Juried Exhibitor

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