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 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


Larry Page in “Serendipity” at Art Saint Louis

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

Jane Herrick at the McCray Gallery

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:

Herrick_Time Capsule_fiber rush, flax paper, wax linen, acrylic, oil pastel, 11.5″h x 6.5″w x 5″ (shown above)
Herrick_Desert Refuge_fiber rush, wax linen, prickly pear cactus skeleton, 7″h x 8″w x 8″d
The exhibition is on display through August 26, 2016.

Cathryn Peters at First Stage Gallery

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.