Basket experts offer pearls of wisdom

September 10, 2012 by  

The Northwest Basket Weavers Guild is celebrating 30 years as a group by exhibiting using alternative materials, as well as traditional methods, to produce sculptural and figurative basketry pieces.

The ‘Pearls of Experience’ exhibit features both contemporary and traditional works hailing mainly from the Oregon and Washington regions. These masterful artists have skills that enable them to combine many alternative materials into their works to create colorful arrangements and baskets. Often these materials include metal, agave leaves, sturgeon skin, citrus peel, and other interesting and strange materials not normally associated with basketry.

There will be artist demonstrations, as well as a number of workshops offered to those who attend. Some of this year’s featured artists include Dorothy McGuinness, Elaine Twogood, Kathey Ervin, Sally Anaya, Jill Green, Slyvia Whie, Sheilia K. Wray, Danielle Bodine, and many others. Anyone who enjoys basket work will find that this learning experience will teach them plenty about how individual baskets are created and the various uses for them.

This exhibition of basket is already underway and runs until Thursday, September 20. Those wishing to attend the demonstrations and workshops, however, will need to attend on Wednesday, September 12 at the Schack Art Center located at 2921 Hoyt Avenue in Everett, Washington. This event begins at 10:00 am.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Flyer printing and brochure printing may have been used to notify the public about this exhibition. For updates, please visit the Schack Art Center website or call Maren Oates at 425-259-5050.