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Virna Finley

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by fishbone, Apr 23, 2002.

  1. fishbone

    fishbone Well-Known Member

    does any one know how i can contact virna finley...if you know you know the name ,i shouldn't have to tell you who she is,
  2. puppetguy

    puppetguy Well-Known Member

    This is the address given in the Puppeteers of America directory:

    Verna Finly
    Condo #113
    1750 Jamaica Way
    Punta Gorda, FL 33950-5118

    email: afcol@peganet.com

    hope this helps
  3. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    Who's Virna Finley?
  4. puppetguy

    puppetguy Well-Known Member

    Verna Finley is perhaps one of the finest foam puppet builders alive..and she never worked with the Muppets. Best known for her work with soft-sculptured ventriloquist figures, such as some of Ron Lucas' characters, her work has a distinct style that is easily to recognize. Occassionally, she and those she has trained teach workshops that deal specifically with her methods of foam construction.

  5. fishbone

    fishbone Well-Known Member


    That's wild, i was told that she did work with the muppets... I guess my source was misinformed. Yeah i got the addy, thanks.

    You wouldn't happen to have a copy of her video? I build puppets now. I started working with this really cool guy in santa ana cali. Sunday we build then go to a bbq. Go to www.thepuppetscafe.com & tell them scott "the new guy" sent ya. Check out all the puppets & happenings...
  6. puppetguy

    puppetguy Well-Known Member

    Really cool stuff on the site..puppets look great!! Wonderful characters, even just looking at them you can tell they've got personality.

    I'll double check my source, but I'm almost positive she never worked with JHP. THere was a good article on her work in the Puppetry Journal a few years ago. I'll do some digging...

  7. matleo

    matleo Well-Known Member

    hey gang,
    My understanding is that she worked for henson too. Check your sources again, dave and let us know. Talk to you later.
    love, Matt
  8. Janice & Mokey's Man

    Janice & Mokey's Man Well-Known Member

    Thanks for bein' the one to voice that, Scott (I wasn't too sure either...)
  9. puppetguy

    puppetguy Well-Known Member

    According to the Puppetry Journal, Winter 1992, Vol 44, No. 2:

    "Verna began her love affair with puppetry while working as a costumer for children's nationally televised programs for WXYZ, an ABC affiliate in Detroit. There she met Bob Elnicky, a puppeteer who worked with Jim Henson. Elnicky taught her how to build puppets using foam in the "Muppet" style."

    There's the only connection I can find.

  10. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Well-Known Member

    I am also trying to locate Verna or a set of her videos. Can anyone help me? I don't believe the Florida address is current anymore. I heard she might be in Virgina???

  11. fishbone

    fishbone Well-Known Member

    I know of a guy in santa monica..the puppet theater ,i forget his name,but i know he has them..might copy for you..don't know.
  12. Puppetplanet

    Puppetplanet Well-Known Member

    Yes, I would absolutly be willing to get a copy and maybe trade if I have anything of interest for anyone else. I have been trying to find Verna to obtain one but can't locate her.

    I have a lot of patterns, videos, etc. if anyone wants to trade something for this copy of Verna's instruction. e-mail me directly and maybe we can work something out.

    michele@puppet-planet.com or puppetplanet@tampabay.rr.com

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