Basketmaking— one of the oldest crafts in the world—has become one of the newest of art movements. While drawing on traditional basketry as a reference point, these artists redefine the basket in a contemporary context. Some of the pieces are sculptural works, in both traditional and non-traditional materials. Others are vessel forms, sometimes with writing or other mixed media applications. In all of them, ideas and self-expression transcend function.
The artists, members of the Northeast Basketmakers Guild, are Jackie Abrams, Sosse Baker, JoAnn Kelly Catsos, Priscilla Henderson, Arlene McGonagle, Judy Olney, Dianne Stanton, and Maggie Tetreault. They are all from New England.
The Northeast Basketmakers Guild was founded in 1985 by a group of five Connecticut basketmakers. The organization now includes hundreds of artists, predominantly from the northeastern United States, but also from around the world. Its mission is to further the art of basketry by nurturing the development of new basketmakers and celebrating and supporting accomplished basketmakers. Their website is www.northeastbasketmakers.org
Babbidge Library, Gallery on the Plaza
Curators: Susi Nuss, President, Northeast Basketmakers Guild; Michele Palmer & Jane Recchio