A unique display of antique dolls, doll houses, doll beds, and carriages will be a part of the “Diminutive Dwellings” exhibit opening April 14 at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Polly Huff, the museum gallery curator from the ABAC Arts Connection, said the exhibit will open in the Gallery as a part of the annual Folklife Festival, which runs all day on April 14. A showcase of doll bed quilts, handmade for the occasion by the Wiregrass Quilting Guild, will be a highlight of the exhibit. Artist Dottie Bassett, owner of the doll house collection, will also teach an art class at the Gallery.
“Every doll in her collection has a story behind it, and with every story, Dottie’s love of art, dolls, and history is evident,” Huff said. “We are fortunate to be able to work with Dottie to showcase her stunning collection and share her talent with the community and our visitors.”
Bassett has collected dolls, carriages, doll houses, and accessories since she was six years old. A faded black and white family Christmas card, framed and hanging on one of the Bassetts’ walls, depicts a toddler clutching her first beloved doll. Since then, she has collected thousands of dolls of all kinds from every corner of the world and made with her own hands more dolls than she can remember.
Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. “Diminutive Dwellings” will remain on display through July 7. For more information,contact Huff at 229-391-5222.