Willow Weaver Crafts a Life at Rose Hill Willow Farm

NBO member Howard Peller was recently featured in an article in the Daily Jeffersonian newspaper of Cambridge, Ohio. Peller grows about 50 species of willow, harvests it and creates baskets and containers of all kinds. He also sells willow for cultivation and fence-making.

Read more here: The Daily Jeffersonian

Over/Under E-News – May 2016


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More to Consider 1

Highlights of the inaugural member exhibition,”More to Consider 1″, at the 2015 NBO Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Entwined – NBO Members at the MUSEO

Canister of Filtered Air by Lanny Bergner

Lanny Bergner, Dona Anderson, Danielle Bodine, Kathey Ervin, Katherine Lewis, Dorothy McGuiness and Polly Sutton are NBO members featured in this  show at the Museo gallery in Whidbey Island, Washington, through November 1, 2015.

Creative Coiling: The Artistry of Jean Poythress Koon

Congratulations to #NBObasketartist, Jean Poythress Koon on the new book about her basketry. Written by a former student, Hetty van Gurp, Creative Coiling celebrates the innovative basketry of Jean Poythress Koon who has inspired many basketmakers to break away from the traditions of pine needle coiling. By offering samples of Jean’s work together with her reflective musings, this book will kindle your basket-making creativity.


Paper Transformed

“Paper Transformed”

NWDC and NBO members Dona Anderson, Danielle Bodine, and Dorothy McGuinness will be participating in a group show, “Paper Transformed,” along with other paper artists at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend.

Please join the artists for the opening reception on July 4 from 5:30-8pm.

The show runs from July 3 – 26, 2015.

July 12 1-2 pm gallery talk “Why Paper?”  2-4pm demonstrations and children’s mini paper workshops

July 11, 18, 19   Adult paper workshops   For workshop information: http://northwindarts.org/news/workshops/

Exhibition information: http://northwindarts.org/news/gallery-schedule/paper-transformed/

Northwind Arts Center

701 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA



Garden Acorn Squash

Dona Anderson    Garden Acorn Squash_10x16x16″

Octopodocus Sea Anemone 39”Hx9”Wx8”D _Danielle Bodine IMG_2860

Danielle Bodine   Octopodocus Sea Anemone 39”Hx9”Wx8”D


Dorothy McGuinness     Satellite_12x15x12”

PR Release:

“Paper Transformed” is an 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. Dona Anderson, Mary Ashton, Danielle Bodine, Zia Gipson, Lois James, Dorothy McGuinness, 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. To paraphrase philosopher and communication theorist Marshall McLuhan, Paper Transformed is an exhibition where “the paper is the medium and the message.”

All Things Considered VIII : Invited Artists

Shoal on ice by Donna Kallner

In addition to the 55 objects by 45 artists jurors JoAnn Kelly Catsos and Perry Price have selected for the All Things Considered VIII Exhibition, invited artists, including the conference faculty, previous Lifetime Achievement Winners, staff members and board members, will be part of the show. The exhibition will open in conjunction with the National Basketry Organization’s Biennial Conference – Tradition and Innovation VIII at the Grand Hand Gallery in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 9, 2015. A tour of the show will be on the NBO Biennial conference schedule. The exhibition will close in St. Paul on August 9 and move to Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts, from September 18 to November 22, 2015.

BaskeTrees : NBO Mentor Program at NBO Conference

NBO Mentor Program–Sponsored by Polly Allen, on behalf of the National Basketry Organization.

Here is something to watch for during the upcoming NBO Conference at Macalester College July 14 through July 17.  Karen Gubitz, a Chicago-based fiber and mixed media sculptor will create an outdoor, public art sculpture on the grounds of Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota during the NBO’s Tradition and Innovation VIII Conference, July, 2015. The sculpture is site-specific and will be woven with traditional basketry techniques, methods and natural materials, utilizing trees as their primary means of support. The Mentor Program is an invitation to 4 students from Macalester College to join Karen in the construction of this installation.

The Project will include discussions of transformation of space and the integration of art into daily lives, the interaction of art with community, culture and the environment and artistic statements of conservation and sustainability. Students will learn to use certain traditional basketry techniques and traditional natural and sustainable materials in the construction of a large scale sculpture while exploring the woven form. Students will be required to write a Reflection Paper, in consultation with the mentor, by September 1, 2016.

The construction of this Project will take place during conference workshop hours, 9:30am – 5pm, beginning on July 14 through July 17. Students will be encouraged to share meals and attend evening programs with the rest of the conference participants, lending a helping hand when needed. Students may apply for this through the Macalester Art Department and will receive a stipend or room and board in exchange for their assistance.

Karen Gubitz Portrait

Karen Gubitz is a self-taught, nature-inspired, fiber sculptor. She has developed her techniques and methods connecting with various skilled weavers and artisans around the United States. Realizing that her passion lay in creating art, 3 1/2 years ago, Karen retired from her full time law career to begin her life as a full time artist. Over the last 3 1/2 years she has been accepted into and won several awards at various fine art exhibits, galleries and fine craft shows around the country, including, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, Illinois, Lewis University, Wadsworth Family Gallery (solo show), Romeoville, Illinois, The Washington Craft Show, Washington DC (Collector’s Award), Michigan Fine Art Competition 2014 (Third Prize), CraftBoston, Boston, Massachusetts (Artist’s Choice Award), the American Craft Exposition in Evanston, Illinois and Water Street Gallery, Batavia, Illinois (Honorable Mention), Laumeier Sculpture Park Fine Art Fair (Award of Merit) and Oak Park Art League (Best in Show). Her site-specific, public art installations focus on trees, live, dead and dying. Her work has been included in the Chicago Tree Project, the Oak Park Sculpture Walk 2014, ArtPrize 2014 (top 20 installations) and the BaskeTree Project, a site-specific installation of 16 woven trees in the Oak Park Arts District, partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

Stickworks at Peabody

NBO member, Lynne Francis-Lunn has been volunteering on Patrick Dougherty’s latest Stickwork sculpture at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Patrick and a team of 50 volunteers has been working on the yet to be named work of 5 free standing structures for three weeks. While still under construction the work will be finished and open to the public on May 23 and will be up for one year. For more information on Patrick visit Stickwork.net

Accepted and Invited Artists Announced for ATC VIII

The Jury is in …
and the result is another dazzling array of basketry from around the country. Jurors JoAnn Kelly Catsos and Perry Price selected 55 objects by 45 artists for the All Things Considered VIII Exhibition in February. In addition, 16 invited artists, including the conference faculty, will be part of the show. The exhibition will open at the Grand Hand Gallery in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 9, 2015. A tour of the show will be on the conference schedule. The exhibition will close in St. Paul on August 9 and move to Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts, from September 18 to November 22, 2015.

According to NBO Board Member Jo Stealey, who has curated the show, the competition was stiff with a pool of 218 entries. The jurors made their selections based on concept, craftsmanship, inventiveness and overall aesthetic success, she said, and the exhibit represents a wide variety of techniques, materials as well as traditional and sculptural baskets.

“You will see some surprising new work of longtime members, along side emerging artists showing for the first time in this biennial event,” Jo added. “We are so excited to feature these works – it is truly a feast for the eyes!”