Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Natural Selections 2.0 "contemporary art meets nature" Group Show

Margaret Withers, stealing entropy,
2010, resin, pigment, oil, string, painted vellum, 24x24
© Margaret Withers

I am honored to have art work selected for the Natural Selections 2.0 "contemporary art meets nature" Group Show at Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota.

The show will open Feb 1st, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM and run through April 1, 2011.

There will be 21 artists represented from the US and 1 artist from Belgium.

Alan Montgomery and Destry Sparks have curated the show.

Karl E. Mundt Gallery at Dakota State University
820 N. Washingston St.
Madison, South Dakota 57042

The artists:
Cathryn Peters, Angora, MN
Greg Patch, Surf City, NC
Milbert Whitley, Pantego, NC
Joshua Coombs, Philadelphia, PA
Jane Horner, New Bern, NC
Pamela Zimmerman, Washington, NC
Emily Soldin Howard, Raleigh, NC
Joey Howard, Raleigh, NC
Maxine Masterfield, South Sarasota, FL
Meredith Loughlin, Washington, NC
Neil Loughlin, Washington, NC
Betsy Stewart, Washington, DC
Andrew Fullwood, Chapel Hill, NC
Platon Alexis Hadjimichalis, Brussels, Belgium
Jenny Hodges, Wilmington, NC
Kiernan McGonnell, Chicago, IL
Margaret Withers, Brooklyn, NY
Peggy Guichu, Phoenix, AZ
Destry Sparks, Greenville, NC

The piece of mine included in this show is "Uprooted." It is woven of dandelion stems, hardwood tree roots, yucca fiber, waxed linen, wire, palm inflorescence, and copper. Photo of "Uprooted" by Ronald L. Sowers Photography.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas, Basket!

Another great basket from Ruth Anne Danger!

This one features a holly pottery basket base she purchased from my MakeABasket.etsy.com shop, as well as a whole string of light bulb beads!

Ruth Anne has a lovely way with coached floating coils, dyed pine needles, and beautifully (deceptively simple-appearing) swirling stitches

I love all the details she puts into these baskets, she constructs them with great love and care...and it is no wonder! This one will take front and center attention at her State Fair!

Ruth Anne writes about her baskets: Our State fair is in Jan. so it is coming soon even tho it is 2011. They ask everyone to enter one Christmas item along with our reg. entries. Then they set up a living room with all the entries from ornaments,quilts, wall hangings,etc.. They are always pleased to have the baskets.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Register NOW for My Classes March 18 & 20, 2011 at NCBA Convention!

The NCBA 2011 convention brochure is finally online! Click on that link to download your own copy!

Registration is online NOW, and I would love to have you in my classes!

I am teaching Friday, March 18 and Sunday, March 20.

Here is a little more about my classes:

Horsehair Kisses
FR 1443m, page 30 in brochure (top right)
Friday, 1:30pm - 5:30pm
4 hours
Make a tiny basket on a lanyard to decorate your phone, zipper, or key ring. Learn how to start a horsehair basket from scratch.

These adorable charms can be open bowls or the vase-like "olla" shape. Joined to the lanyard with a split ring, you can easily convert your horse kiss to a necklace, if you so desire. There will be color choices!

REQUIRED: Good finger dexterity and previous coiling experience. Bring light, small sharp scissors, tiny clips and a magnifier. This is tiny work! Very few basket makers work in this medium, this is your chance to learn how!

Random Weave Garden Basket
SU442, brochure page 43, top left
Sunday, 8am - noon
4 hours
All levels

Random weave is so much fun! Make a great handled basket, as shown, or use your imagination to make your own shape.

We'll be using a lovely segmented vine that looks like bamboo, it is a lovely light honey color and is lightweight and smooth on the hands. This class is a great way to wrap up your convention!

These baskets are fabulous accents in the garden or on a porch, and function beautifully as planters. We will discuss use of the basket in the garden.

If you have questions about the classes, please feel free to contact me!