Well, first and foremost, our website is an online art doll registry, the only one of it’s kind. This means that members can upload photos of their work, along with the name of the piece, and they are entered into the Registry, assigning a unique number for each one; as part of a permanent record. They are also shown on the website and that part of the site is open to the public, so it is an online gallery of sorts that is picked up by the internet search engines. The Registry provides a permanent record for each piece that is registered. This gives a professional touch to your work, along with the fact that it identifies it as yours and the year it was created, should there ever be any question about that.
But our group has evolved into so much more than that, we also have lots of information on the site, how-to’s, tutorials that are free for members, Artist Reference section, links for sources for materials, etc. Our President Emeritus, Deb Wood, conducts online classes here also, most have a cost, but she does discount those over what she charges for the classes elsewhere; this helps defray some of the membership fees for members. We have 3 online shows a year, with areas for novice, intermediate, advanced & professional levels for our members to participate in. This makes it possible for all skill levels to enter. It’s a great experience and helps us work to improve our skills. There is a $25.00 cash award for the winners from each category in each show. Those show winners go on to compete in the year end awards.
Regarding the Year End Awards: Members can nominate whomever they wish (from our active membership) for Artist of the Year, Doll of the Year, Best in Shows (The winners from the shows mentioned above) Rising Star (a newcomer to the art form) as well as other awards. These awards go to members who are selected BY our members so it truly is a peer group recognition. Also, a Newsletter is sent out to keep members informed on what’s happening within the group. We have a wonderful, world wide network of artists, from the beginner to the most professional, who are helpful and very giving. We are very proud of our group!