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Punch and Judy at Art Of Toys

Punch and Judy at Art Of Toys Punch and Judy at Art Of Toys for the month of September’s Puppet show has brought some interesting comments from artists and gallery customers. The Punch and Judy show is one of the longest running puppet shows thou rarely performed in the USA… huge still in England. Some of the characters from this show have been included from artists Daunine Vining and Terri Rehg. VIOLENCE is the name of the game in this show from whacking to the next! When artist Kristina McClanahan did the wall lettering she had quite a time choosing non offensive statements to highlight the art from an old script. The characters make great art statements on their own due to the extreme features …most noteworthy large chins and beak noses on the main characters. Punch and Judy is a traditional, popular, and usually very violent puppet show featuring Mr. Punch and his wife, Judy. The performance consists of a sequence of short scenes, each depicting an interaction between two characters, most typically Mr Punch and one other character (who usually falls victim to Mr. Punch’s club). It is often associated with traditional British seaside culture. The various episodes of Punch and Judy are performed in the spirit of outrageous comedy — often provoking shocked laughter — and are dominated by the anarchic clowning of Mr. Punch. Wikipedia More can be found on good ol Wikipedia at:...

Dan Crowley featured at Art Of Toys Puppet Show

Dan Crowley featured at Art Of Toys Puppet Show This month Dan Crowley featured at Art Of Toys Puppet Show! Art Of Toys loves this artist and is so happy to be able to do a feature wall this month with his wonderful whimsical finger puppets. Each little sculpture is a character sure to make you smile. Artist Statement: Although I have been artistically motivated for my entire lifetime, I found my chosen medium, Fimo-clay, in 1992, when a friend gave me some as a present. First marketed in craft stores as a play-time clay for children, Fimo is available in colors that can be blended and then subsequently baked in a convection oven to harden. From the beginning, I saw it as more than just a craft toy, seeing the opportunity to sculpt in vivid color. I began developing my sculpting technique through trial and error. First, I began with sculpting heads only, creating finger puppet sculptures on wooden stands, which are still a mainstay of my creative output. However, through building techniques based on trial and error, and through the development of an armature that allows my sculptures to grow in complexity and size, I have expanded my work into larger scale works of greater scope and scale. Each sculpture is created from scratch, and I do not use any molds or forms in the creative process. I blend my own colors from primary basics. Because I like bright colors and a suppleness of shape, and have sought that as I’ve grown as an artist, I discovered that adding mineral oil to the clay helps to make...

Puppet Art Month of September at Art Of Toys

Puppet Art Month of September at Art Of Toys Exhibit Dates: September 2nd thru the 26th Featured Art: Puppets! The art of Puppets is one of the oldest forms of theater dating back to the 5th Century BC. As an art form, theater and then toy is has a strong heritage. Puppet Art Month of September at Art Of Toys will be in honor of this art with several key puppet artists from across the nation. We have puppet related gifts, crafts and Folkmanis puppets as well. Artie Annette will have a fun project out front on 2nd Saturday 5:30 til dark  for all ages so kids make room for the adults there is fun for all at Art Of Toys Dan Crowley of Chicago delights Art Of Toys visitors with his whimsical finger puppets! Dan is know for doing one of a kind custom commissions which we will promote for him this month. Dan’s medium is polymer clay where each face alone has a minimum of 18 separate pieces of clay that must be sculpted into place. T. Oliver Kopian of Creatures Delight will have some of his fun dragon puppets sculpted from his own patented rubber solution! Daunine Vining- The ancient art of puppets can be discovered in the beautiful one of a kind creations by Colfax, California artist Daunine Vining. Daunine has examples of hand puppets, marionettes and rod puppets. Terri Rehg- Soft sculpture artist has created original characters from one of the best known continious puppet shows “Punch and Judy”. On 2nd Saturday Artie Annette will be returning with a fun FREE art project for...

Comics and Sci-Fi August Gallery Show

Comics and Sci-Fi August Gallery Show The wonderful world of Comics and Sci-Fi will be the fun theme for the month of August at Art Of Toys. The walls were curated my guest curator Krisitina McCallahan along with fun toys to delight all ages!   This show is all artists from the Sacramento region. – Lorrain Garcia – Rain Embellishments will be showing her jewelry including a Star Wars  collection of characters. -Laurelin Gilmore has created a wonderful hero and villian series from her perspective which just shouts FUN these are originals on canvas.   -Dwight Head- Art Of Toys is proud to feature the creative look at Sci-Fi comics thru the incredible art of Dwight Head. Dwight has used colored pencils to create these wonders you must see in person the detail is amazing. -Jared Konopitski seems to be everywhere with a show at Empire Comics as well as Art Of Toys so we are very happy to be able to share a few of his super fun original pieces on canvas. -Gabe Sanford has a selection of his extremly detailed Mouse Series done in pen and ink on paper. -The ever popular Chris Cinder has once again come thru with a large selection of paintings from his take on Star Wars characters. A selection of Art Of Toys resident artists will also be included well as a  selection of toys, Marvel characters and Sun Stasher masks! This is a fun family art adventure and kid friendly so bring the family to discover new and old comic and Sci-Fi heros. Start your 2nd Saturday adventure at Art Of Toys...

Spokes- Bike Bell Art

Spokes- Bike Bell Art Spokes- Bike Bell Art is this months theme show at the gallery in Sacramento Handle District in celebration of Bike Month! We invited 48 artists to create an original piece of art on a working bike bell for a very diverse interpretation of art vs utility. The challenge for Art Of Toys has been to get the bells back … needless to say we will not have all 48 for various reasons but it is still a really fun show with very affordable one of a kind art! Chris Cinder who has carved a semi permanent spot at Art Of Toys and a nice collectors base has created 4 individual pieces including Somebody to Love by Chris Cinder that sold when the doors opened… still three different images available that will be loaded to site. Artists with bells on the wall so far are as follows: Camilla Carper, Laura Caron (waiting for Michael Caron’s) Chris Cinder, Dante Declarador, Anna DuBois, Karen Dukes, Laurelin Gilmore, Kristi Hughes, Tj. Lev, Amber Massey, Mark Manning, Kristina McClanahan, Jill O’Grady, Julie Okahara, Kelly Elizabeth O’Neil, LaLa Ortiz, Winnie Rose Reyes, Duch Wilder, Elizabeth Wocasek More to follow! And again this month Artie Annette will have a craft project out front on 2nd Saturday evening! This month will be a bike theme of...

April Fairy Show Winnie Rose Reyes

April Fairy Show Winnie Rose Reyes This year as part of the April Fairy Show Winnie Rose Reyes has two of her unique one of a kind fantasy creatures. Winnie takes exceptional care in the creation to details and costumes on her artwork. It is a joy to see where her imagination will travel. Artist Statement: I have always been a maker of things. I grew up amongst the women of my family who were makers, too. My father was also a maker, a cabinet maker who disliked using nails. I made my first stuffed creature in fourth grade. I went to art school, became an art professor, retired, became a full time artist and housewife, and now I’m back to being just me, an artist. Art to me has always been about my stories. Even without stories, there is a story behind that. I love the narrative possibilities of art and when I became a creaturesmith and a doll maker, my work took on this narrative character. Story doll™ is part of that evolution. Story doll™ is the brand name of handmade OOAK dolls that I make out of air dry clay and mixed media. They have gently pose-able limbs and are meant to be interactive. Each doll is a story character. They come with Narrative Elements™ that gives clues about their story. The theme of stories are about self-realization. Self authored mythology has always been an ongoing fascinating topic for me. Its one that I am in progress of and one that I support in others. My current series is called, “Magic among us.” My characters are...

Michael Duffy Fairy Houses Featured

At this month’s Art Of Toys Fairy Show we are featuring a new artist that has crafted some beautiful play fairy houses with tree limbs and some careful woodworking to make a work of art that any fairy or child would love to call home. Swings, ladders and special places to sit are included in all his creations. Artist Statement: Every fairy tree I make is a unique work of art whimsically constructed as a portal to an imaginary world of magic and possibility.  For adults, I hope that my fairy trees evoke images of Neverland, Narnia, and Middle Earth.  For children, something even more wonderful happens. Instead of being transported to a far away land from fiction, children create a world of there own imagination. I was born and raised in Sacramento and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in English literature in 2014 before being honorably discharged after four years in the Navy. Currently I am pursuing a MFA in sculpture at the San Francisco Academy of Art. I also have a wife and two...

Laurelin Gilmore Fairy Artist Featured

Laurelin Gilmore Fairy Artist Featured Laurelin Gilmore Fairy Artist featured the month of April at Art Of Toys 2015 Fairy Show with her original watercolor, pen and ink on paper fairy art. Laurelin has created a series of original work for the show with her first watercolor series this is a chance to get a original Laurelin! Artist Statement: I began as a pencil artist but have experimented with a variety of other mediums. While I am very comfortable with drawing materials and the immediacy of that form, my forays into the world of oil painting have been incredibly exciting for me. My subject matter and style are somewhat varied, but the human figure has always been my touchstone. My goal is to record on the paper or canvas as well I can the beauty of everyday through realism, surrealism and fantasy. My art serves three main purposes: to express some aspect of the subject’s hidden truth through the addition of animal or insect appendages; to look at the place where separates meet, and explore through fantasy the experience of the would-be fence sitters as go-betweens or translators; and more precisely because I am a woman of blended or mixed ethnicity, and I want to express this experience in my art, many times I will blend species rather than cultures to move the message more clearly to the forefront. The reactions people have to paintings of people with horns, hooves, wings and scales is much the same as the reactions people have to me and mine. Sometimes admiration, sometimes revulsion. I do not eschew the old adage, “paint what...

Lisa Owens of MidDreamers featured in April

Lisa Owens of MidDreamers featured in April Lisa Owens of MidDreamers featured in Aprill at Art Of Toys Fairy Show! This talented artist will be showing thirteen incredible pieces of fairy art for the April show with many already online and more on the Art Of Toys Fairy site as days go by. Artist Bio: Lisa Owens of Redding CA. is the creator and artist of MidDreamers Fairy Art. She started creating O.O.A.K fairies in 2000, but did not start selling them until 2008 in a local art shop. She is a mother of two daughters, and works as a care provider assistant for 6 special needs children. Doing this line of work, Lisa believes it has taught her a great deal of patience which is a key factor in great works of art. Although a fairly new artist, she has turned a once hobby and school elective into something much more. Her work is more then what meets the eye with hours spent on each piece of art. The time and patience put into each one will never truly be known. She takes her time on each piece making it just right, and will stick with it until she feels it is done with that magic that shines thru in fairy art. Her fairies have been sold all around the world, such as Canada, Mexico, Japan, and the U.K. Such recognition has led to doing more than the O.O.A.K fairies. She has done a few portrait sculpts of children, and just started figures for Darkslinger Comic Books. Lisa truly loves what she does and it shows in her...

Art of Toys

Art Of Toys is offering many one of a kind artwork pieces and vintage toys. The site is updated daily and artwork is in stock unless otherwise noted. We try to remove or note any sold out items at once. Often artist can create a similar item so if something is no longer showing email us and we will try to help source another creation from artist that is in the same context or inspiration. Understanding that being handmade it will never be exact replica!