PET Lamp: Basket Weaving Culture

Take a break and visit PET Lamps to read a colorful and informative article on the history of basket making. “Basketry is one of the most ancient crafts older than pottery or the carving of stone and probably the origin of all the textile arts of the world. The process of interweaving twigs, seeds, or leaves for baskets and mat making it’s one of the most universal craftworks, ranking among the most ancient industries.”

NBO Members at MUSEO Gallery

NOW: Beauty and Paradox: 
10 Northwest Artists explore contemporary issues through beautifully crafted paintings, sculpture, mixed media, and ceramic works designed to express deeper paradoxical meaning. Each artist employs her unique artistic expression: ironic, whimsical, even outraged to create interest and engagement.
Collaboration between Museo Gallery and Nancy Loorem Adams
NBO members Nancy Loorem Adams, Dona Anderson, Danielle Bodine, and Jill Nordfors Clark will be exhibiting their artwork along with Maxine Martell, Natalie Olsen. Patricia Resseguie, Jane Richlovsky, Inge Roberts, and Sande Wascher-James.
On view through May 29, 2017. More information visit: MUSEO Gallery

 

Above, photo credit: Michael Stadler

NOW
Nancy Loorem Adams and Danielle Bodine
Random Weave Cane and Mixed Media, 36”x12”x3”

Barbara Shapiro at 108 Contemporary Gallery

Barbara Shapiro’s coiled waxed lined teapot basket, “Not for All the Tea in China” appears in, “Steeped: The Art of Tea,” at 108 Contemporary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 7 to May 21, 2017. 108 Contemporary, in partnership with the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at The University of Tulsa, sponsors this exhibit that aims to look at the past, present and future of tea, as well as the way this distinctive drink has shaped our sense of personal, ethnic, and global identity.

More at 108 Contemporary

Natural Craft: Sheri Smith

NBO member Sheri Smith is featured in a beautifully illustrated article in the Register-Guard Newspaper of Eugene, Oregon.

“Sheri Smith always has been a creator, learning to knit as a child and adding more skills to her artistic toolbox as she grew older. For almost 40 years, one of her most prominent passions has been weaving pine needle baskets, which perfectly blends her love of nature with her affinity for craft.”

To enjoy the entire feature, and a host of beautiful images of her work, visit the Register-Guard Newspaper. 

Photo by Brian Davies, Register-Gard Newspaper

Award to Lois Russell in “Excellence in Fibers”

NBO member and artist Lois Russell’s “NZ”, twined waxed linen thread, was named the winner in the Vessel Forms/Basketry category of the “Excellence in Fibers” exhibition.

Excellence in Fibers is an exhibition of selected works drawn from the second annual international juried print exhibition published by Fiber Art Now magazine, presents some of the most exciting and innovative work being done today in the world of contemporary fiber art. The panel of jurors were: Emily Zilber, Curator, MFA Boston; Gerhardt Knodel and Norma Minkowitz, both internationally recognized fiber artists and icons in the field of fiber; and Melissa Leventon, principal of Curatrix Group Museum Consultants and a former curator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The show, at New Bedford Art Museum, runs from from Jan. 25 to March 19, 2017.

NBO Members in “New Variations in Basketry”

Traditionally, baskets were multipurpose vessels made from available materials suited to their function. In more recent times, as borders were crossed and ideas exchanged, traditional patterns, styles, and materials came to be shared internationally by artists and designers. While still honoring their historically universal kinship, these contemporary pieces have transitioned from solely functional containers into objects reflecting individual artistic expression.

The twenty-one artists chosen for this exhibition have created exemplary objects that use both traditional and experimental materials, with much attention paid to color, texture, form, and craftsmanship.

NBO members featured in the exhibition are Jackie Abrams,  Dona Anderson, Pamela Becker, Lanny Bergner,  John Garrett,  Gyongy Laky, Elizabeth Whyte Schulze, Deborah Smith , Matt Tommey, and Jennifer Zurick.

More information at Snyderman-Works Galleries

Image shown: Lanny Bergner, Fusion Vessel, Stainless steel mesh, wire, silicone, H16″ x W14″ x D14″, 2013

Danielle Bodine in “Making Marks”

NBO member Danielle Bodine has been invited to exhibit her work in the “Making Marks” exhibition at Wayne Art Center. The show, curated by Mi-Kyoung Lee, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Fibers and Textile Studies at The University of Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, features the work of fiber and textile artists who have been working on various method and processes in this medium to express their inner voice.

The exhibition opens December 2, 2016 and runs through January 28, 2017

Shown: Detail from Red Dot Galaxy – wall installation 50” H X 60” W X 9”  (35 dots)

Coiled waxed linen dots varying in size from 1” – 5” – installed on wall with 7” lapel pins. Some embellished with plastic tubes, beads, vintage pistils, hair brush tines.

Photo Credit: Michael Stadler

Nancy Loorem in “Northwest Designer Craftsmen” Exhibit

NBO member Nancy Loorem’s work is part of the 2016 juried “Northwest Designer Craftsmen” exhibit held at the Gallery in the Park, Allied Arts Association in Richland, Washington.

Northwest Designer Craftsmen (NWDC) was founded in 1954 to promote excellence of design and craftsmanship and to stimulate public appreciation and interest in fine craft. Their mission was to establish an organization that would foster high standards of design and craftsmanship in the Northwest.

With 55 pieces by 27 artists, the NWDC Show at The Gallery at the Park will showcase just a small sampling of the member’s work. Longtime member and NWDC Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Larry Metcalf is the juror for this show.  Metcalf says “As I know the Gallery very well, I can visualize the sizes and some placement ahead of time. The Richland exhibition has been one of my favorites because of the people in the association.”

The public is invited to a reception for the artists on Sunday, September 11, 1:00 – 3:00 PM at The Gallery at the Park. 89 Lee Blvd. Richland, WA.  The Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday 10:00 – 5:30, Saturday 10:00 – 5:00, Sunday 1:00 – 5:00.

Shown here: Entangled Series, 2016 . Photo Credit:  Micheal Stadler.

Matt Tommey’s New Book: Every Basket Begins with a Walk in the Woods

Our hearty congratulations to NBO member Matt Tommey on the publication of his new book!

“I’m excited to announce the publication of my 4th book “Every Basket Begins with a Walk in the Woods: Sculptural Works by MattTommey”. This beautiful 8.5″ x 8.5″ soft-cover book is a visual journey through my basketry work since 1993 including 84 pages of full-color images and poetic reflections on the creative process. Perfect for lovers of art, basket enthusiasts and artists alike. Available now on Amazon.com or as an autographed edition through my website.

NBO Artists in “Paper Translations”

“Paper Translations” is the third exhibition of the work of eight Western Washington artists who transform machine and handmade paper into artist books, sculpture, jewelry, baskets and other visual objects. Exhibiting NBO members Dona Anderson, Danielle Bodine, and Dorothy McGuinnes all use paper for its inherent infinitely malleable character, not just as a substrate for traditional artists’ media.

The exhibition runs from September 17 to November 19, 2016 at the Kirkland Arts Center in Kirkland, Washington.

Shown above: “Dodecahedron” by Dorothy McGuinness