It’s All About The Hustle

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It’s going to be a busy month . . . and I love it!

I haven’t participated in a Art Doll Show in years, but I’m super excited to be part of the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Expo in Philadelphia. I’m one of the guest speakers and workshop instructors at this event where some of the best of the best gather for the weekend of April 12-14th. If you are anywhere near the Philadelphia area at that time, it’s definitely worth a trip. You’ll find the largest source of rare one-of-a-kind dolls and teddy bears and meet many of the world’s leading doll and bear artists. The event is run by Susan Quinlan Doll and Bear Museum. You can learn more about the event at 

When I get back from Philadelphia, it’s time to get ready for the Navan Fine Arts Exhibition and Sale. This show has a reputation of being one of the top art shows in the Ottawa area and I’m honoured to have been invited as a participating artist. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22 at the Navan Memorial Centre and Arena on Colonial Road. More information on this event can be found at

A few days rest and then it’s off to the Morrisburg Polymer Clay Gathering. As part of my new role as Ambassador for the Polyform Products Company, I’ll be doing a demonstration and providing some products for these artists to try, but I’m hanging around for the weekend to learn something new as well. Figurative work is my specialty, but many of these artists do amazing jewelry and cane patterns in polymer clay, so I’m looking forward to soaking it all in. The conference runs from April 26 to the 29. I think  the gathering is sold out for this year, but if you want to get more involved with Polymer Clay, this is definitely a group you will want to investigate.

2018 STUDIO TOUR final ENLast, but not least, the first weekend of May is all about a group that is near and dear to my heart . . . The National Capital Network of Sculptors are holding their second annual Studio Tour. Ceramics, wood, bronze, glass, stone, metal and found objects and of course polymer clay – they will all be represented. 21 artists at 9 stops throughout the Ottawa – Gatineau area. You can learn more about the Sculpture Studio Tour at

Make sure you circle Stop #3 on the brochure. I’ll be at the newly opened HELLO STUDIOS together with polymer artist Line Labrecque. HELLO STUDIOS is Ottawa’s new creative hotspot, located at 1735 Courtwood Crescent off Woodward. The entrance is at the back of the building. Not only will Line and I have an amazing collection of work on display, we will be running an exclusive 2 day workshop where you can make a Bathing Fairy with me – PLUS the added bonus of two mini-workshops with Line where you will make a jewelry pendant and a ring holder. An amazing value just in time for Mother’s Day.  Don’t forget . . . we’re stop #3 on the brochure – check us out at


I’ve got another little surprise I’m dying to tell you about, but it has to wait for the grand unveiling in May. It’s an exciting project and I’ll have plenty of photos to share with you soon. In the meantime, I hope to see you soon at one of these great events over the next four weeks.

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About mariasaracino

Figurative Artist
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