Award Winner Cathryn Peters

NBO member Cathryn Peters, from Angora, Minnesota, was awarded 1st place in 3-D and $500 by juror Sam Baardman, a multidisciplinary artist and photographer from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, for her antler basket wall sculpture shown above, “Silent Whispers from the East,” at the 27th annual juried art exhibition at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, on August 2, 2019.

Peters was one of 28 artists work selected from 102 submissions from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota by Baardman for this
exhibition which runs through August. Cathryn’s juried art piece, “Silent Whispers from the East” is a large antler wall basket sculpture incorporating two, large, naturally shed fallow deer antlers as the focal point, with the body woven of hand-dyed and natural rattan reed, and Oriental seagrass.

Information at MacRostie Art Center

Carol Eckert at Museum of Fine Arts Boston

The work of NBO member Carol Eckert is currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. Each of the ten pieces currently on display is a container of some sort – drawers pull out, lids come off, vessels hold offerings.   Shown above: New Fire Ceremony, 1995, Gift of Gale and Doug Anderson.  The exhibit is located in the Daphne and Peter Farago Gallery.

Information and hours at Museum of Fine Arts

Photo: Courtesy of Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

NBO in Cuba!

Please Note: This may be your last chance to travel to Cuba working with our partner Peters Valley School of Craft! On June 5th, new regulations went into effect that dramatically curtail the ability for Americans to travel to Cuba. However, trips scheduled before the June 5th deadline are allowed to continue as planned, grandfathered under the previous travel rules. Registration deadline July 28, 2019.

NBO is once again partnering with Peters Valley School of Craft to offer a one-of-a-kind trip to CUBA, October 26–November 2, 2019. We invite you to join this adventure, specifically designed to allow you to experience the arts, crafts, and culture of this unique island nation at a historic time of change.

This is a seven-night tour was conceived in partnership with Cuba Educational Travel, a leading organizer of group travel to the island. Together we’ve created a special program taking us from electrifying Havana to charming and quaint Trinidad and back. Isolated from U.S. influence for 50+ years, Cuba developed its own vibrant artistic traditions, often constrained by limited access to materials yet emboldened by the innovative spirit of the Cuban people to chart their own artistic course. This will be the third time that Peters Valley will be taking a group on this fantastic journey, and the National Basketry Organization is thrilled to be able to offer our members and friends a chance to join them!


Detailed itinerary here:  CUBA Itinerary – October 2019

Terms, dates, and registration information here: Registration form NBO 2019

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Karyl Sisson: Fissures and Connections

NBO member and artist Karyl Sisson  is being featured in a Craft in America solo exhibition. “Part scavenger, part collector, and wholly meticulous craftsperson, Sisson’s work delves deeply into the possibilities that exist within the discarded and overlooked. Over the decades, Sisson has transformed familiar objects such as vintage zippers, clothespins, tape measures, buttons, and paper straws into abstract forms, vessels, and architectural structures. This exhibition will feature early works alongside her most recent creations–a glimpse into the oeuvre of this remarkable artist.”

Shown above: Growth 2 by Karyl Sisson. Photo from Craft America.

The exhibition runs from May 11-July 6, 2019. Information at Craft in America

Pat Hickman at Buster Levi Gallery

Pat Hickman is having a solo exhibition at the Buster Levi Gallery in Cold Spring, New York. The show runs from May 3 to June 2, 2019. Opening reception on May 3, 2019 from 6 to 8:30 PM.

(Photo courtesy of Buster Levi Gallery)

Deloss Webber, Finalist for the Lowe Craft Prize

Congratulations to NBO member and basketmaker Deloss Webber, finalist for the Loewe Craft prize.  Del has been creating cane work and furniture since the early 1970s. “I have a fascination with stone, which [feels] primal,” he explains to AD. Combining rattan and stone was therefore a natural choice for him. He continues, “The marriage of fibers and stone is, I think, unique. I borrow from tradition, of course.”

Read more of this interview in Architectural Digest.

Shown above: Geisha Purses by Deloss Webber. Photo by Architectural Digest.

“Sinks” to Monterey Museum of Art Permanent Collection

NBO member Amanda Salm’s “Sinks” was acquired by the Monterrey Art Museum for their permanent collection. The piece was recently on display this past October in Salm’s “Currents + FLUX: Amanda Salm” solo exhibition.

Nancy Loorem Adams “Daphne”

Nancy Loorem Adams,’ sculpture Daphne was accepted into the Excellence in Fibers IV exhibition in print which will be published in the 2019 winter edition of Fiber Art Now. Carol Sauvion of Craft in America, Perry Price, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and Beth McLaughlin of Fuller Craft Museum served as jurors.

In conjunction with the Excellence in Fibers IV print exhibition, Daphne was also accepted into the Craft In America gallery exhibition of the same title in Los Angeles opening 11 May – 6 July 2019

Shown: Daphne, 2018, Maple veneer, reed, dye, paper, acrylic paint, stain and silk cocoons.


Elizabeth Runyon in “Fiber Arts Now – Excellence in Fibers”

NBO member Elizabeth Runyon is included in the juried exhibition of Fiber Art Now magazine’s Excellence in Fibers, currently on exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

Fiber Art Now magazine highlighted innovative, contemporary textile art in their Excellence in Fibers issue (Vol 7, issue 2, Winter 2017). In an exhibition of the same name, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles will exhibit current trends in the categories of vessel forms/ basketry, installation, wall/ floor works, sculptural works, and wearables.

The exhibit runs from  October 9, 2018- January 13, 2019, the opening reception Sunday, October 21, 3:00-5:00pm.

More information at  San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Shown above: “Pins and Needles” by Elizabeth Runyon

Jackie Abrams at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts

Above:  Clasped Hands,  8″h x 13″w x 8″d

NBO member Jackie Abrams collaborates with Deidre Scherer on an exhibition titled, “Human Textures”.

This body of work expands my reflections on the opposites of tearing apart and piecing together, dividing and uniting, knowing and unknowing, and ultimately, changing self-perception. The visual shifts made by the interlocking surfaces embody a life force and movement throughout the woven image. The fragmentation and fusion of weaving reveals the human being in increments, which is how we get to know each other and ourselves.

My collaborations with Jackie Abrams were instigated by one of my woven works, Connecting To. Abrams responded with her exquisite eye, skillful techniques, and creative spirit. Together we envisioned how to meld our two art forms. Each three-dimensional vessel mirrors our working conversations and holds our attention. – Deidre Scherer

Information at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts