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Meet Barbara Turner, our “Artist in Miniatures” at the Townehouse!

Posted on: February 18, 2022

As a child, Barbara always had a fascination with collecting dolls and accessories. However, it wasn’t until she retired that she made her first three-story dollhouse. Barbara attended workshops and classes to learn many fine techniques. During her travels, she visited specialty shops in Spain and Mexico. Many of her collections were found here in Ventura at Larrianne’s Small Wonders shop on Telegraph Avenue. Each display theme represents Barbara’s own and unique idea.

Her display of the “French Kitchen” has a special meaning. It is a replica of her friend Jay and herself sitting in her kitchen. While their children played, Barbara and Jay often reminisced about one day sitting and visiting in the kitchen undisturbed once the children were grown.

Unfortunately, Jay passed away at a young age. You can view Barbara’s amazing selection of miniature houses in the Ventura Townehouse lower-level showcase.

Barbara's "In the Kitchen" miniature display

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