Friday September 25, 2015
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
ACCESSIBLE PARKING ADJACENT TO THE CHURCH
Join us for an evening of Great Poetry and see a unique Black Doll Collection!
I am often asked why I collect black dolls; I am happy to respond:
“Black Dolls are artifacts of culture and history. In addition to their visual beauty, they silently contribute stories and lessons to be learned from the past. I don’t just collect dolls, I research, document, and preserve their rich legacy.”
Stephanie Farris is the proprietress of The Perfect Doll, Incorporated. She has a unique and distinctive collection of over 300 black dolls that collectively contribute to African American Art and History.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for her doll, art exhibits and lectures. Her collection has been on display at schools, churches, art centers, and recently Longwood Gardens during Black History Month. For 10 years, she promoted “Black Dolls on Exhibit”, which featured doll artists and collectors from all over the country.
Stephanie’s vision is to open a small museum in the Wilmington area to permanently showcase her historical treasures.
“Starting back in Jamaica, I have been writing poetry and reading publicly since a young age and added short stories in adulthood. One of my stories was nominated for best of the Web for 2013. I published a book with all sales donated to the Cathedral Choir School. I have read publicly all around Delaware, belong to many poetry and writing groups and conducted Poetry Workshops at Ferris School sponsored by the State of Delaware. I write poetry/prose across a broad spectrum of interests based on many inspirations and emotions.”
Long time SsAM member and recognized as one of our “Unsung Heroes” Mrs. Simmons has written poetry for most of her life. Family, life experiences and nature are themes which she shares with us.