“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
NBO member Larry page is one of the artists featured in Serendipity, on view through September 15 at Art Saint Louis in St. Louis, Mississippi. The juried artworks featured are in a variety of styles, techniques and media including basketry, ceramics, drawing, mixed media, paintings, pastel, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, woodworking, and more.
“This exhibit aims to present artworks that demonstrate how the occurrence of accidents, chance, and discovery benefit the creative process as well as the final artwork. Oftentimes, artists begin making artworks and then something unexpected occurs during the art making process–a “happy accident.” In art, this happens often when artists set about to create one thing, yet something unplanned happens to the artwork that surprisingly and successfully changes the final outcome. The artworks in this exhibition examine the role that serendipity plays in art making, art and the lives of artists.” – Art Saint Louis
Details and photo gallery at Art Saint Louis
NBO artist Jane Herrick has had two works selected for INTERWOVEN: Neo-Mimbreno Clay and Fiber Explorations. The McCray Gallery at the Western New Mexico University is hosting this international exhibit, juried by artist, curator, lecturer, printmaker and professor Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. Jane’s two pieces selected for the exhibit are:
The colorful antler baskets of Cathryn Peters were recently featured at the First Stage Gallery in Virginia, Minnesota. Peters began her weaving career repairing cane seat and wicker furniture. She goes by the handle, WickerWoman and conducts workshops throughout the country. In the early 1980s Peters was making traditional reed baskets, wicker baby cradles and bassinets and started entering in arts and craft shows around the region. Peters has enjoyed creating the antler basket sculptures for over 20 years, and has taught antler basket and seat weaving classes since 1998, through national basket guild workshops, folk schools and conventions, and by authoring antler basket and seat weaving patterns.
Cathryn’s work has also been featured in the featured in the August/September issue of Country Woman Magazine, a national bi-monthly publication about living in the country.
The First Stage Gallery in the Lyric Center for the Arts has been exhibiting local and regional artists work since 2006. Enjoy more of Cathryn’s work at WickerWoman.
Elizabeth Runyon will have a solo exhibit, “Vessels: To Have and To Hold” at the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati August 12-September 9, 2016. Elizabeth is one of only nine solo exhibition proposals selected from 151 entries for Manifest’s 12th season.
“Elizabeth Runyon’s Vessels reminds us of the gray line between fine arts and fine crafts, masterfully blurring any preconceived notions of hierarchy between the two. Her reed and seagrass constructions offer both a dedicated yet playful realization of traditional materials and techniques, and a view of the evolution of functional objects into formal and expressive conveyors of experience in the gallery or museum context. With her sculptures, Runyon reminds us that objects may well be far more than at first assumed—revealing themselves as animated bearers of memories, hopes, and life’s shared energy.” – Manifest Gallery
Elizabeth’s large sculptural baskets are based on traditional Appalachian ribbed egg basket techniques. She works in reed and seagrass, natural basketry materials.
Shown above: “Dreaming of Jeannie” – photo by Jeff Sabo
“Paper Transformed II” is the second 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. NBO members Danielle Bodine and Dorothy McGuinness are exhibiting, along with Dona Anderson, Mary Ashton, Zia Gipson, Lois James, Jean-Marie Tarascio, and Sande Wascher-James. All use paper for its inherent infinitely malleable character, not just as a substrate for traditional artists’ media.
The exhibition runs from August 5, through August 25, 2016 at the Koch Gallery, Vashon Center for the Arts on Vashon Island, Washington.
Shown above: Sea Urchins and Anemones by Danielle Bodine
Carol Eckert is one of only six artists selected to be in, “Fine Craft Invitational”, on exhibit through September 4, 2016 at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado.
“Fine Craft is known for high quality artworks created with time-honored processes. The techniques have been passed down throughout history from one artist to the next. Originally many of these creations were functional, which set them apart from so-called fine art works. However, in recent years, many practitioners of Fine Craft have blurred this division by using traditional craft media to express concepts or explore ideas. As a result, the line dividing Contemporary Fine Craft and Fine Art has become obscured. Form no longer needs to follow function.”
Information and exhibition hours can be found at Foothills Art Center. Shown: Palampore by Carol Eckert.
NBO member Nancy Loorem received the Juror’s Choice Award for her work, The Birth of the Grid, in the Surface Design Association of Washington’s traveling show, Fiber Fusion.
“The Birth of the Grid represents the complexity of the digital age, often thought of as a complex grid, that actually grew out of random order, and recreates infinite random order. For me random weave represents a truth in life, a beautiful order deeply connected — one element to the other — all creang a whole of magical interconnection and form deeply affecting our lives.” – Nancy Loorem.
Shown: The Birth of the Grid, random weave technique using hand‐dyed cane over large egg form with multiple layers of lacquer.
NBO Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Leona Waddell has been named a recipient of a 2016 NEA Heritage Fellowship. The award is our nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts.
“A revered leader in the white oak basketmaking community, Leona Trulock Waddell is a master artist whose basketmaking skills have been perfected by her years of experience and exemplify the interaction of tradition and innovation, as she both maintains the traditional form of the region’s baskets and puts her own personalized evolving imprint on each one.”
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The folk and traditional arts connect us with those long-established artistic traditions that honor our identities. The NEA National Heritage Fellowships highlight these artists who have worked to ensure that these artistic traditions will continue for generations to come.”
The NEA National Heritage Fellowships include an award of $25,000 and the recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony and a concert in Washington, DC, this September.
NBO members Beth Hester and Scott Gilbert are featured in an article in the Bowling Green Daily News, highlighting their 30-plus years in the field of basketry making and supplies.
“Scott Gilbert, his wife, Beth Hester, and their business partner, Mike Sims, have dedicated more than 30 years to promoting and preserving a sometimes overlooked aspect of local folklife while building a business that spreads awareness of the craft of white oak basketry and its significance in the region.”
The full article can be enjoyed at Bowling Green Daily News. Photo credit: Austin Anthony