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September Issue 2010

Pickens County Museum of Art & History in Pickens, SC, Features Works by Basket Weavers

Delores von Rosen

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History in Pickens, SC, will present the exhibit, Basketry; Traditional & Contemporary Woven Art, featuring works by eight traditional to contemporary basket weavers, on view from Sept. 11 through Nov. 11, 2010.

Laura Lee Zanger -------------------------------------- Michael Davis

Curated by well known weaver Pati English, this collection of works from some of the most influential Southern artisans working in various aspects of traditional and contemporary basketry includes, in addition to Pati English - Michael Davis, Barbara McCormick, Gale McKinley, Tika Tucker, Dolores von Rosen, Laura Lee Zanger and Pamela Zimmerman.

About the show, and her role as guest curator, English said, "It was my privilege to invite artisans from South Carolina and neighboring states of North Carolina and Georgia to participate in this basketry exhibition. It is my vision that visitors will be amazed and engaged by the scope of artistry and history in hand woven fiber art. Basket making from ancient beginnings has survived our changing culture and is one of the time honored art forms of today."

Tika Tucker

English continued, "The unique display of three-dimensional art is a celebration of beauty and function. With time, skill, care, hands, and natural materials, these artisans enjoy the simple tools in creating their unique connection with nature. Being a slow and meditative process, basket weaving opens a world of possibilities to intersect and manipulate intricate designs. From simple, functional lines, to contemporary sculptural vessels, weaving satisfies our need for enduring beauty in our surroundings." 

The public is encouraged to visit and enjoy this exceptional collection of woven art featuring eight serious and thoughtful weavers who collectively create the pulse of contemporary basketry. Preserving and perpetuating this ancient art form maintains a connection to the land and a bridge to the future. These eight artisans will keep the art of basketry alive and ensure this tradition a place in the 21st Century.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings or call the Museum at 864/898-5963.

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