Weekend Showcase: Robbin Gallery’s “The Healing Doll Way”
The Robbin Gallery features Barb Kobe’s exhibit called “The Healing Doll Way.” The colorful, three dimensional and thought-provoking exhibit features a variety of dolls made out of fiber, clay and other objects. You can see the exhibit now through Feb. 23.
About “The Healing Doll Way”
Artist Barb Kobe shows that dolls can be more than just something children play with. She showcases a variety of dolls that she created in a show at the Robbin Gallery.
“The general theme of these dolls is emotion,” says Barb Kobe.
“The Healing Doll Way Exhibit” is colorful, three-dimensional, and thought provoking. Kobe is an accomplished artist who has been creating dolls for more than 20 years. She wrote a paper on doll making and healing in college and since then, she’s been hooked.
“It was just this huge motivation,” says Kobe. “I was driven to keep making dolls.”
Last August, she published her first book, “The Healing Doll Way.” In the book, she writes stories that surround each doll. For example, she went to a doll-making party with one group and when she got home the doll she created had a left hip hanging out.
“I was dealing with hip pain,” says Kobe. “It was a sign to me from the doll that I needed to have my hip replaced.”
From Home to Show
Normally, all these dolls live in Barb’s home. Her husband urged her to put the dolls in a show , so she created “The Healing Doll Way.”
Most of the work you see featured is available for sale. Barb has also placed the page number of where each doll is referenced in her book, so people can understand the back story on each doll. Participants can view the doll and then read about it in the book she’s provided.
The Healing Doll Way Exhibit is on display at the Robbin Gallery now through February 23rd.