Beyond Materials


Beyond Materials



Contemporary Baskets

featuring work by Dorothy Gill Barnes

February 1–March 22, 2015

Opening Reception: Feb. 1, 1–4 p.m. Gallery talk with Dorothy Gill Barnes at 3 p.m.

The work of renowned Ohio artist Dorothy Gill Barnes will be showcased in the Ohio Craft Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Beyond Materials: Artists Pushing the Boundaries of Basketry.” On view February 1–March 22, 2015. The show will also feature forms by seven contemporary basketmakers from across the country.

“Dorothy Gill Barnes has been ‘pushing the boundaries of basketry’ for more than four decades, with her innovative—and wildly inclusive—use
of varied natural materials and freewheeling approach to sculptural form,” notes art historian and critic Ann Bremner. “This exhibition offers a glimpse of the range of her creative work, from woven baskets and constructions of the 1990s to recent projects that have emerged from her ongoing work with students in the glass program at The Ohio State University.”

The eight artists invited by curator Tracy Rieger include Massachusetts artist Jennifer Maestre, who sharpens and cuts hundreds of pencils into 1-inch sections, then sews them together to create her sculptures. Working with a variety of materials, including waxed linen, paper and even shoelaces, Ed Bing Lee, Pennsylvania, uses hundreds of knots to form his objects. Elizabeth Schulze, Massachusetts, constructs her baskets with pine needles and raffia, then uses paint, handmade paper and gel medium to draw and mark the surface.

“Other artists in the exhibition have each developed their own ways to challenge expectations and expand possibilities—often in directions quite different from those taken by Barnes,” Bremner says. “They too have embraced unexpected materials: from plastics and wires to vernacular objects such as pencils or shoelaces. And, like Barnes, they have nudged the vessel-like forms of traditional basketry into the wider expanses of sculpture and installation while embracing intriguing possibilities for commentary and narrative.”

Participating Artists
Dorothy Gill Barnes*
Gerri Johnson-McMillin*
Gyongy Laky
Lanny Bergner*
Ed Bing Lee
Jennifer Maestre
Elizabeth Whyte Schulze*
Danielle Bodine*

* = #NBObasketartists

Pat Moritz : Blowing Rock Artist in Residence

Coiled basket by Pat Moritz

#NBObasketartist Pat Moritz was accepted in the Artist in Residence program in Blowing Rock, NC Aug 6-10, 2015. This is a juried program which receives a lot of submissions each year and it only runs from the end of June through September. It is held at the historic Edgewood Cottage. Pat will share the space with Jan Freeze who is an oil painter for five full days of exhibiting and weaving in a town that draws a lot of tourists and other artists.

Dawna Ellis : 2015 NICHE AWARD Winner

Morning Song by Dawna Ellis
Morning Song by Dawna Ellis

Morning Song

Dawna Ellis has been announced a winner in the 2015 NICHE AWARDS in the Professional Recycled Division. Dawna uses recycled kimono fabrics to coil her basket vessels. You can learn more about Dawna’s distinctive textile artworks by visiting her personal website, D. Ellis Originals.

Land Art Grindelwald 2014

Created by Lithuanian artists Marijus Gvildija and Maret Khasianov for the Grindelwald Land Art Festival in Switzerland.

Jackie Abrams : Textile Magazine

#NBObasketartist Jackie Abrams has had a nice press mention in the Australian magazine, Textile Fiber Forum. Jackie will be returning to the land down under for a teaching engagement at Grampians Texture in March and then at Contextart in April, 2015. Let us know how it works out Jackie.



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Elizabeth Runyon : Fitton Center

NBO member Elizabeth Runyon is one of four artists whose work is included in the exhibition “home” at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, OH. In painting, installation art, woven sculpture and drawing, the included four artists explore dwellings, the bones of regional culture and what we value as a society. The event is on view January 10 – February 20, 2015. Reception: Saturday, January 10, 2015 5 – 7pm.

Elizabeth has written to share that she has garnered a press mention in an article in the Journal News.

Expanding on Appalachian ribbed basket techniques, breaking away from tradition and functionality, Runyon’s woven work uses woven reeds to create large, modern-day sculptures. Her pieces are sitting, hanging and one is a lamp.

Gallery Hours

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – noon
Sunday: Closed, except for special events

Karen Gubitz : In Threes

ArtPrize – Grand Gathering, Installation for the Grand Rapids Public Museum, September 24 – October 19, 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan

This installation by Karen Gubitz has been featured in Carol Eckert’s Contemporary Basketry blog post, In Threes. This installation was completed by Karen as part of her entry for ArtPrize – Grand Gathering, Installation for the Grand Rapids Public Museum, September 24 – October 19, 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can view more of Karen’s work, including her BaskeTrees on her personal website.

Carol Eckert was profiled in the Winter 2014-2015 issue of the National Basketry Organization’s Quarterly Review magazine arriving in member’s mail this week. In addition to this profile article you will enjoy her daily blog
Contemporary Basketry: concepts, forms, materials, techniques, and processes related to basketry and her website.

Carol is one of the faculty members for the Tradition and Innovation VIII conference which will be held at Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota, from July 14 to 19, 2015. Course descriptions, conference details and a downloadable registration form are available here.

Press Mention : 2015 NICHE Award Finalists

NBO members Matt Tommey and Dorothy McGuinness have been accepted as 2015 NICHE Award Finalists in the Professional Basketry Category. Their work is featured in the current issue of NICHE Magazine along with other finalists. Sponsored by NICHE magazine, the NICHE Awards program began in 1989 to celebrate excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. Artists are recognized in both professional and student divisions.

Katherine Lewis Juried Into Northwest Designer Craftsmen

Northwest Designer CraftsmenCongratulations to #NBObasketartist Katherine Lewis who has received word that she has been juried into Northwest Designer Craftsmen (NWDC).

She joins other #NBObasketartist members of NWDC, Jan Hopkins, Danielle Bodine, Marilyn Moore, Dona Anderson, Lanny Bergner, Jill Nordsfor Clark, Dorothy McGuinness and Judy Zugish.