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For the record

October 07, 2007

Local artist Joy R. Cheney attended the Doll and Teddy Bear Show held Aug. 10-12 at the Wardman Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.

While there, she met such top doll makers as Marie Osmond, Dianne Keeler, Mark Dennis, Jack Johnston and Pat Moulton. She also met Virginia Turner of Turner Dolls, who was given a lifetime achievement award by Dolls magazine at the show.

Many top doll makers taught classes at the show, giving attendees a chance to improve their products and skills. Cheney took a wigging class taught by Keeler. Dennis taught a torso sculpture class.

Cheney, who is retired from the federal government, said she had never done anything artistic in her life except for sewing and decorating her house before taking up doll making as a hobby.

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While visiting family in southern Missouri several years ago, she purchased a Better Homes and Gardens Santa Claus magazine and saw an ad for Johnston Original Art Dolls. She called Jack Johnston, got a video on making Santa Clauses and took two classes taught by Johnston, then began making her own Santa Clauses. She loves making Santa Clauses and elves and is beginning to branch out into making angels and other dolls.

Cheney is a member of the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild, a nonprofit organization whose members help each other succeed in the industry. She invites you to take a look at her artist page on the guild's Web site, www.artdollguild.net. Click on "Our Artists," then click on "Joy Cheney." Visitors can look at announcements and sign her guest book.

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