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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NBO is looking for an Executive Director!

NBO is searching for an Executive Director - Job Description and application info hereHelp NBO Find an Executive Director!

Take a moment to check out the job description and if you, a friend or a colleague might be interested, please send along a resume to j.nast@nationalbasketry.org by January 30, 2015. Pass this post along. We appreciate your help in filling an important position for NBO’s future. Thanks!

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.

Awards of Excellence : Kari Lonning and Lois Russell

Lois Russell and Kari Lonning have received Awards of Excellence at CraftBoston Holiday

Congratulations to both Lois Russell and Kari Lønning who have each received an AWARD of EXCELLENCE 2014 at CraftBOSTON 2014.

Presented by The Society of Arts and Crafts, CraftBoston Holiday is one of New England’s premiere juried exhibitions and sales of contemporary craft. This well-established show features the most outstanding artists of our time, showcasing one-of-a- kind and limited edition pieces in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood.

The show continues through Sunday, December 7, 2014 (11am – 5pm). Stop by to view Lois at Booth # 505 and Kari at Booth # 303.