Convention may be months away but our event artists and manufacturers are already hard at work. Each month UFDC is pleased to introduce you to the artists and companies whose work will be showcased at the meal events planned for Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States of America.
Washington, D.C., is a planned city. In 1791, President Washington commissioned Pierre (Peter) Charles L’Enfant, a French-born architect and city planner, to design the new capital. The L’Enfant Plan featured broad streets and avenues radiating out from rectangles, providing room for open space and landscaping. He based his design on plans of cities such as his home capital of Paris. In spite of several changes in design from 1791 until the MacMillan Plan instituted in 1901, L’Enfant is still credited to this day with the overall design of the city.
Darlene Lane will be the featured artist at the themed meal event “I Remember Paris”. The convention souvenir doll artist in 2011, Darlene’s doll “ im ee” and her companion “ ndr e” are cherished by those who were fortunate enough to receive them. Darlene is recognized internationally for her work and has been given many prestigious awards. She has both authored and been featured in many magazines. In 2002 she was invited to be the guest artist and lecturer at the Historic Hahndorf Extravaganza in South Australia. She taught for 12 years as a traveling seminar teacher and now teaches specialty workshops on a limited basis. A mother of five Darlene credits her husband as being her best friend and biggest supporter and fan of her work.
“Being the souvenir artist for UFDC’s National 2011 convention has been the most rewarding opportunity of all and one I shall always hold dear, but not nearly as dear as all the lovely friends I’ve made along the way.
If asked when dolls became an important part of my life, I would have to say from the very beginning and through the sacrifice of my mother. We had very little extras growing up but my mom would always leave the doll of my current heart’s content under the Christmas tree.
Do I collect dolls?….oh yes! All bisques, especially those by the Simon &Halbig firm, are my latest love and just as life keeps evolving, I imagine my doll collecting will too!”
(The convention meal event doll will be modeled after a Simon and Halbig all bisque.)
Darlene had the distinction of being the first artist to receive both the Professional Millie and the Rolf Erickson Awards in the same competition.
For more information about Darlene Lane please visit www.darlenelane.com.