Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sneak Peek of Dorothy McGuinness Show

The Artist Reception for Dorothy McGuinness' show, Baskets: More than Function was today.

There was a nice crowd, including a whole group of basketmakers! Thanks for coming, everyone! That's Dorothy, with the white name tag on (holding the drink,) standing by the first case with her baskets in it.

Dorothy gave us a little talk, told us how she started weaving, and something about how she creates her baskets. We had a few questions, I am sure you can imagine.

There was also a very nice spread of food and cold drinks, and it was just a lovely reception.

The baskets are amazing. One of my favorites is called "Falling." It is very black...there are some other colors in it, but of course they are hard to photograph. Here it is with increased contrast (and a flash) which brings out the white edges where the paper is cut, and it shows off the great zig zags made by her twill weaving.

My favorite, i think, is this green and white one, "Rippled Green." Dorothy was kind enough to let me pose with her next to it (that's me on the right.)

This exhibition continues through September 12, so you still have time to go see it!

Rocky Mount Arts Center
Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences

270 Gay Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Regular hours of operation:
10am-5pm Tuesday – Saturday,
1pm-5pm Sunday
Admission: Free


niftyknits said...

such a labour of love!

Midnightcoiler said...

This was a very enjoyable outing. Loved Dorothy's work, and it was nice to get to meet and talk with her. Also fun to see other basketmakers that we don't see that often. It was a wonderful opportunity.

Weavin' Wicker Woman said...

Dorothy's basketry is wonderful, wish I could have attended the opening. Thanks for posting the pictures so we that couldn't be there, could see some of the work anyway!