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Annabelle’s Got Nothing on These Strange Dolls

Vermont artist Beth Robinson is not your usual doll maker, and her uniquely grotesque “Strange Dolls” are not meant for kids.

Puking Princesses, Soul Eaters, Madonna Whores! These strange creatures and more are among the Strange Dolls that comprise Vermont artist Beth Robinson’s unique collection. Robinson created her beloved Strange Dolls in 2003, after a close friend opened her eyes to the art of Japanese doll making via a twisted fairytale-themed exhibit.

“The doll artists were creating characters, and capturing moments and expression in certain environments,” Robinson says. “But the environments were played down. I felt like it was more about the interaction between the characters. It was the first time that I had seen a childishness that was paired with the grotesque, so that really clicked in place for me in terms of where I wanted to go with my own work.”

A self-taught artist, Robinson played with several mediums before realizing doll making united all her artistic loves.

“When you’re doll making, you do bring them all together because you’re sculpting, painting, sketching, designing, sewing,” she says. “That’s another way that everything clicked into place. I could explore all these different things that I loved to do and combine them into one art form that made sense.”

Robinson’s dolls are made of polymer clay, vintage fabrics, acrylic paint, and—yes—sometimes real human hair or teeth. While some might find her use of human body parts repulsive, others find it endearing in a seemingly absurd and eerie way. Robinson has a personal connection with each and every Strange Doll because she molds human-like qualities directly into their characters and expressions, she says.

“My work is pretty intense, emotional, and self reflective.”

Beth Robinson, Strange Dolls, Vermont

Beth Robinson, Gator Girl

So where does the inspiration for each Strange Doll come from?

“It could be a conversation with a friend, or it could be something that’s going on in the world,” Robinson says. “It could be my own memories and reflections. I could be driving, doing laundry; basically doing something really mundane, and then, in the quietness of my mind, it all comes together.”

Robinson’s art does not try to make a statement about a controversial political event or create the next movie monster directly. Instead she feels that, “artists are introverts so we process things in a different way than most everybody else. I feel like making this artwork is a way for me to process… whatever that is.”

Beth Robinson, Hooks, Strange Dolls Vermont

Beth Robinson, Hooks

After moving around a lot, Robinson finally settled in the Green Mountain State at the age of 18. She and her Strange Dolls live in the quaint town of Essex, Vermont, where she has built a bit of a cult following. The influence of New England on Robinson’s work is especially clear in a new exhibit at Burlington’s S.P.A.C.E. Gallery called Conjuring: She Rises. In the exhibit, Robinson and 12 other women artists will use their art to reflect on the 325th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials relative to the current political and social climate.

Many thanks to Take Magazine and writer Gabrielle Head for this feature. The original article>>


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A multi media show organized by female artists for female artists, “Conjuring: She Rises”, came together in honor of the 325 anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials. Women throughout the ages have and continue to struggle with finding their voices as powerful agents of change within society. We created this show to honor a gathering of our vibrant and powerful voices as modern day female artists working and living in Vermont.

Participating artists include:
Christy Mitchell
Beth Robinson
Leslie Frye
Wylie Garcia
Meredith Muse
Sarah Vogelsang-Card
Morgan Stark
Nyx Black
Athena Kafantaris
Melaney Pettani
Leslie Roth
Nikki Laxar
Annika Rundberg

With administrative help from Abigail Feldman.


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Thanks to Eva Sollberger for this great segment that covers our Art of Horror opening reception. Also feel free to check out our facebook page for photos from opening night: https://www.facebook.com/spacegalleryvt.

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The Art of Horror opening night was a great success with a turnout that could be best be described as a “crowd.” The walls were packed with work that spanned the range of Halloween whimsy to truly dark compulsions. The place was teeming with Halloween candy & cupcakes, digestible spirits and attendees of all ages dressed up for the occasion.

No one can believe that we do not charge an entry fee for the event. Yes, you can come to the biggest party of the year at the gallery, have your cards read, eat as many cupcakes and Halloween candy as you can stuff in your mouth, drink wine and beer and enjoy! What we do ask for in return is for you to consider buying art to support the artists – who are the reason the event exists in the first place! The prices are extremely reasonable, if you love a piece, consider living with it.

The gallery is open Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 4pm. The show will be up through the end of the month. We hope you will come by!

Video from Art of Horror 2012 Opening reception – Burlington, VT


In the Backspace Gallery we projected visuals from the movie “Mutant Girls Squad” by Noboru Iguchi:


Slideshow from Opening Night

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Opening Reception:
Friday, October 5 from 5-9pm

The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery and The Backspace Gallery
266 Pine Street, Suite 105 and 106
Burlington, Vermont

For the last three years my boyfriend and I have been the guest curators for the “Art of Horror” at S.P.A.C.E. This is a juried show where we invite the public to submit works of art that best represent the theme. We fill two gallery spaces with the selections and for First Friday Art Walk in October, open this exhibition to the public.

In addition to the sinister (and yet delightful) visuals we want to share, we are happy to announce that Holly Lukens will be on hand to read your cards and tell you what the future will bring, we will have a Day of the Dead shrine devoted to the legacy of artists who have passed (bring an item to share!), and meet the artists who create these fascinating works of art. The after-party will include a movie that is suitably distasteful.

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The work will be on display thru the end of the month.
Gallery Hours: Thursday thru Saturday from 11:00am – 4:00pm.



VOODOO helps artists.

Voodoo DollsI want to thank everyone who bid on my voodoo doll in S.P.A.C.E. Gallery’s August Art Auction. The bidding rose to $95 and a young, budding artist, Madison Crew, was the happy recipient.

I also want to thank everyone who voted for me as your favorite artist in the People’s Choice poll. The winner of the poll receives a solo show in The Backspace Gallery for the month of August in 2013.

Photographer, Sarah Vogelsang-Card, and I plan to exhibit our collaborative work for that month. We started the project a few years ago when we met and recognized our similar creative aesthetic. We are really looking forward to developing this body of work over the year to showcase next August.

Speaking of which, we are creating a preview of that work to be on display for “Haunted Winooski” this October…. (see below)




Beth Robinson and Sarah Vogelsang-Card
a collaborative window installation for “Haunted Winooski”
On display: October 7th thru November 4th
39 Main Street, Winooski, Vermont

(better known as ‘the Round-About’ in downtown Winooski)

Haunted Winooski is a city-wide, week-long celebration of Halloween being organized by the Winooski Welcome Center. Activities will take place October 26th to October 31st. A whole host of activities and events are in the works: masquerade ball, dining specials, storytelling events, zombie walks, costume parade, and music events, etc.


Patt Kelley, Beth Robinson, Behind the Mask, Linda Bourke, Amanda Clarke

Opening Reception:
Saturday, October 27 from 7-10pm
Lincoln Arts Project
289 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

The work is on display for ONE WEEK ONLY!
October 26 through 31
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Friday 4-9pm, Saturday, 2-8pm

Follow the blog for works in progress and sneak peaks!



Works of art inspired by Día de los Muertos imagery

Opening Reception:
Friday, November 2 from 4:30-6:00pm
UVM Allen House Multicultural Gallery
461 Main Street, Burlington

On display: October 29 through November 9

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