Barbara Osborne and Jill Heir in Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

NBO Members Barbara Osborne and Jill Heir have been juried in to the 2021 Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show. The show will be on view from November 5 to 7, 2021, at the Philadelphia Museum of Contemporary Art, and available online after that. “The talented artists represent a vast array of work in 13 diverse categories of art created by hand.”

Information at Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

Shown above: detail from work by Barbara Osborne

Jackie Abrams – Precarious Shelters

This video was created by Jackie Abrams to accompany her “Precarious Shelters” series. Both the series and the video are designed to help raise awareness of the extreme range of homes and shelters in our communities and throughout the world.

Many thanks to Susan Levi-Goerlich for her excellent movie editing.

Carol Eckert: First Place: The Fall of Icarus

Congratulations to NBO member Carol Eckert on being awarded First Place at the Fiber Arts X juried exhibition at Sebastopol Center for the Arts for her piece, “Fall of Icarus”.

Fiber Arts X is a biennial, juried, international exhibition presenting a distinct approach to innovative and traditional fiber techniques, and a contemporary concept for the use of traditional and unusual materials. The chosen work invites the viewer to experience the many facets of fiber art.  This year 70 pieces were selected from 800 entered by the distinguished jurors in the field. Jurors are Carol Beadle, fiber artist and teacher, Melissa Leventon, curator and specialist in textiles and costume, and Tom Grotta, photographer and gallery owner.

Available to view online at Sebastopol Center for the Arts

In person at Sebastopol Center for the Arts

SDA Looped and Knotted: Contemporary Basketry

SDA Looped and Knotted

Enjoy the SDA Spring 2021 Journal Party: Looped & Knotted: Contemporary Basketry. Developed in collaboration with the National Basketry Organization and guest editor Carol Eckert, the issue features Norman Sherfield and many other NBO members.

New Book by Dorothy McGuinness

NBO member Dorothy McGuinness announces the publication of her book, The Art of Contemporary Woven Paper Basketry: Explorations in Diagonal Twill.

“Using hundreds of strips of paper at a time, strips that are cut 3 millimeters wide with a pasta cutter from watercolor paper painted with acrylics, McGuinness weaves in original ways that build unique and intriguing forms. Her creations, whether baskets or sculptural art, exude energy and elegance. Here she shares for the first time, in fascinating photos and practical text, how to weave several basket shapes in diagonal twill, including instructions in undulating twill. Explore new structural forms: weaving multiple woven units together, asymmetrical corners, and multiple-stepped corners in tandem that add structure to the work. McGuinness demonstrates how to create several rim treatment finishes for the baskets. Next, learn some different ways to incorporate a sculptural element into your work. You’ll also explore how various color patterns in the base will weave up on the sides of the basket. Throughout, she encourages you to search your own interests for ideas to incorporate.”

The book will be available from Schiffer Publishing in September of 2021. Our heartiest congratulations to Dorothy on this wonderful accomplishment!

 

BIPOC Scholarships at Snow Farm

New in 2021, Snow Farm is pleased to strengthen their commitment to accessibility, equity, and inclusion with scholarships designated specifically for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists. We believe strongly in the value of diverse of voices, backgrounds, and experiences to enrich and sustain the Snow Farm creative community, and we recognize that BIPOC artists, who have been most impacted by racism and colonialism, are critical to the creative future. These scholarships are one step along the path toward more equity and justice.

NOTE: Disregard if a workshop is listed as FULL; spots have been reserved for scholarship recipients.

For more information visit Snow Farm

If you are aware of other organizations with similar opportunities, please send and email and let us know!

Emily Stehle – Emerging Artist Award Recipient

NBO member Emily Stehle is the recipient of an Emerging Artist Award grant  by her local art agency, Creative Pinellas. She has been assigned a professional artist mentor who will guide her through the process of installing a piece at the Emerging Artist Exhibition in May.

When not working on her installation, Emily hosts a multi-country Ukulele jam on Zoom, or publishing information about her activities and artistic process on her Creative Pinellas blog.

Artist Talk: Martha Bird in “WOVEN”

NBO Members in “Mandatory Color”

Juried by Amie Adelman, Professor of the College of Arts and Design at the University of North Texas in Denton, this online SDA International exhibition examines the use of color as a response to world-wide social distancing and quarantine.

NBO members Pamela Becker, Sun Smith-Foret, and Danielle Bodine have artwork in the exhibition. Danielle’s work, “Marching CV19 Munchers” (shown above) won 2nd place in the exhibition.

View the online exhibition here:  Mandatory Color

Lissa de Sailles in “Containment”

Enjoy a tour with NBO member Lissa de Sailles as she takes us through her solo exhibition at Gallery76 in Sydney, Australia.