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In a small Prospect Heights community center, 31 artists have come together to create a new neighborhood — populated entirely by handmade dolls.

“Doll Neighborhood” is comprised of more than 40 dolls made from clay, leather, old socks and scraps of fabric. There is even a video component of the show featuring the figures interacting. The dolls, according to curator Ellie Balk, act as the “uninhibited child’s voices coming from adult artists.”

Balk, a Clinton Hill resident, pulled together artisans with varied experience, “from people who have been quilters to a photographer who has never sewn in her life,” she told GO Brooklyn. The idea behind the project is the “spirit of collaborat­ion,” said Balk.

Her co-curator, Kristin Brenneman Eno, said the project, “opened us up for the dolls to say things we would never say.”

“Doll Neighborhood” continues through April 18 at the Renate Albertsen-Marton Space/Village @ Gureje (886 Pacific St. between Washington and Underhill avenues in Prospect Heights). For information, call (718) 857-2522 or visit

Updated 5:06 pm, July 9, 2018
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