The 2012 NIADA Conference was held in
Stamford Conneticut at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel.
The event was hosted by local resident, Conference Chair
(and NIADA President), Donna May Robinson
There were two special events featuring the work of NIADA artists:
the Conference opened Thursday evening with the NIADA artists Gallery Night event and closed the Conference Sunday with the annual Show and Sale,
where lots of impressive and inspiring work was on display.
This year, NIADA artists elected two new artist members this year, Ana Salvador (L), from The Netherlands and Nina Tugarina (R), originally from the Ukraine, now resides in Massachusetts.
Demos by NIADA artists Leslie Molen, Ankie Daanen, Donna May Robinson, Deborah Pope, and Connie Smith offered tips on various techniques, and the Artists' Flea Market attracted shoppers waiting for the doors to open.
There were several intriguing programs by Tatiana Baeva, Stephanie Blythe, Ankie Daanen, Krystyna Poray Goddu, Tanya Marriott, E.J. Taylor, Robert Tonner and Nancy Wiley, topped off by the keynote speaker event, featuring Lisa Lichtenfels "Figures in Fabric" presentation.
Banquet Night was very entertaining, with the Helper drawings and ending with the much anticipated souvenir by Ima Naroditskaya (See Conference souvenir)
The Dollmaking School followed the Conference on Monday with 3 days of classes taught by 6 different NIADA artists:
Stephanie Blythe, Shelley Thornton, Reina Mia Brill, Ankie Daanen, Deborah C. Pope and E.J. Taylor.