Company representatives sign unique collectibles from WILLIAMSBURG®
What’s in a name? Madame Alexander, Nancy Thomas Gallery, Vaillancourt Folk Art and Brandywine bring quality, pride, tradition and craftsmanship to the products they manufacture for WILLIAMSBURG® Products. During the month of November, representatives from each of these companies will come to Colonial Williamsburg’s museums and retail stores to sign their one-of-a-kind collectibles.
“We are proud to provide our community with the opportunity to meet representatives of companies affiliated with Colonial Williamsburg, talk with them about their products and have their products signed by the people who make them,” said Sally McConnell, director of marketing for Colonial Williamsburg’s products division.
The schedule of signings is:Madame Alexander, Saturday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, WILLIAMSBURG Celebrations. Michelle Russo, a designer for Madame Alexander, will do a presentation about how the dolls are constructed and then sign WILLIAMSBURG’s newest collection of four Madame Alexander dolls, each of which represents the four seasons. The collection includes Catherine (winter), Anne (spring), Elizabeth (summer) and Abigail (fall), and is a limited edition of 1,500 for each season. Each doll is eight inches tall, dressed in beautifully detailed gowns based on costumes in the Colonial Williamsburg textile collections. The New York-based Alexander Doll Company, which is celebrating its 81st anniversary this year, is the only remaining major manufacturer of handcrafted dolls in America.
Folk artist Nancy Thomas, Saturday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to noon, WILLIAMS-BURG Celebrations and 2 to 4 p.m., Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Thomas, owner of Nancy Thomas Gallery in Merchants Square, will sign items from her own collections, including Christmas ornaments, pillows, plaques and rugs.
Vaillancourt Folk Art, Saturday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to noon, WILLIAMSBURG Celebrations and 2 to 4 p.m. at Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Owner Judi Vaillancourt will sign her chalkware collectibles that are created from 18th- and 19th-century European candy molds. Vaillancourt chalkware figures are still made by hand at the studio in Sutton, Mass. The painting studio consists of 30 staff artists, 12 of whom work year-round to produce the hand-painted, limited edition figurines.
Brandywine, Sunday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to noon, WILLIAMSBURG Celebrations and 2 to 4 p.m., WILLIAMSBURG Marketplace. Founder and designer Marlene Whiting will sign wooden flat-back and 3-D Colonial Williamsburg buildings. In addition, Brandywine will introduce a new wooden holiday ornament. The Yorktown-based company got its start in 1981 with two employees working in a kitchen and have expanded to 20 employees and 20 home-based artisans working in a 9,400-square-foot manufacturing facility.
Company representatives will sign their products that have been purchased through Colonial Williamsburg retail stores. Customers are asked to present a receipt for the product prior to signing.
For more information, call (757) 220-7368.