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
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
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.
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.“
“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