Elizabeth Runyon: Vessels – To Have and To Hold

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

Danielle Bodine and Dorothy McGuinness in “Paper Transformed II” Exhibit

“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 at Foothills Art Center

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.

Nancy Loorem in Fiber Fusion

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.

Leona Waddell – 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow

White oak ribbed basket in the hands of its maker, Leona Waddell.

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 Profile on Leona Waddell

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.

GH Productions – “Basketweaving is Serious Business!”

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

Lindsay Ketterer Gates at the Fuller Craft Museum

NBO artist Lindsay Ketterer Gates piece, “Stigmata”, is featured in the Summer issue of Fiber Arts Now magazine. “Stigmata” is now on exhibit at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts.

“2016 will be a pivotal time in the United States: a watershed moment in the divide of our national political system. Racial tensions, religious freedom, women’s health and reproductive rights, equality in the work place, gender equality and L.G.B.T. rights are all vulnerable to dramatic changes – both good and bad. The Faces of Politics: In/Tolerance asks artists to examine, on a personal level, how their creative vision is influenced by the current political unrest – locally, nationally, and on a global scale.”

The Faces of Politics: In/Tolerance at the Fuller Craft Museum through August 21, 2016.

Above: Lindsay Ketterer Gates, Stigmata (detail), 2015. 25” x 14” x 6” (each half). Stainless steel mesh, plastic guns, coated copper wire, paint. Photo: John Sterling Ruth.

Sue Fedenia at The American Craft Exposition

NBO basket artist Sue Fedenia has been notified of her acceptance to the 2016 American Craft Exposition held at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, from September 23 through the 25th. This will be the 32nd year of this highly competitive juried show and sale of fine handcrafted artwork and collections from the country’s leading craftspeople. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chicago greater metropolitan area’s NorthShore University Health System.

Sue will also have four baskets in, “Pushing the Boundaries”, a basketry invitational at the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming, in March and April of 2017. She will be on-site at the Brinton Museum on Saturday, March 18, 2017, to demonstrate how she makes her baskets.

Kathey Ervin at the Washington State History Museum

Congratulations to NBO member Kathey Ervin for the beautiful display of her work at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington. The exhibit, In the Spirit – Contemporary Native Arts, is held annually at the Washington State History Museum. The exhibit features artwork in a variety of mediums, including paintings, prints, sculptures, weavings, and mixed media pieces.

Shown – work by Kathey Ervin. Photo by Jette Monahan.

Jill Nordfors-Clark in International Triennial of Tapestry Exhibition

Jill Nordfors Clark traveled to Lodz, Poland in May with Friends of Fiber Art for the opening of the 15th International Triennial of Tapestry exhibition, at the Central Museum of Textiles, May 9 to October 30, 2016.

Jill was invited to exhibit her work  as one of five fiber artists representing the USA. The exhibition includes 150 works from 50 different countries.

Jill’s entry, When a Tree Falls in the Forest, was inspired by the words of Anglo-Irish philosopher Bishop George Berkeley, “When a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear, does it make a sound?” The series of stitched lace like columns represents the ghosts of fallen trees, and the resulting scars on the land caused by clear-cut logging in the forests of the western USA and Canada.

More information at International Triennial of Tapestry (Select option to translate from Polish)

Work shown: “When a Tree Falls in the Forrest”, 6’ H X 5’ W X 4′ D, needle lace embroidery, hog casing, reed, acrylic paint, yarn