Learn to make a basket in one day

Beginners or professional weavers and gourders – COME ONE, COME ALL! Baskets and Gourds – Containers of Our Culture VI will be held at the Elks Lodge, April 23 and 24. Over fifteen teachers are coming from across the country to teach classes on Saturday and Sunday. Teachers will instruct to all levels of interested students – from amateurs to the experienced. You are guaranteed to have fun and create a piece of art.

Renowned weaver, Margaret Mathewson from Alsea, Oregon, will instruct the creation of willow bark basket pouches. A resident of Anacortes, Washington, Lanny Bergner, who has had many gallery exhibitions, will be teaching how to create a four-fold steel mesh basket. Jo Campbell-Amsler, from Monticello, Iowa, will share her willow baskets – a harvest pouch and a willow bowl.

There will also be a large selection of gourd teachers. Coming from Hesperia, CA, Gloria Crane has a closed coil dragonfly pot on Saturday and a spirit maiden on Sunday. Maria Dellos from Arizona will focus on a unique southwest gourd and gecko design on Saturday, and on Sunday, a gourd jewelry pendant and earrings. Kristi Dial, a resident of Minden, Nevada, is teaching a trio of masks on Saturday, and a dream catcher on a gourd on Sunday. Olive Moore from Upland, CA, has chosen 3D poppies on a gourd for a Saturday class.

Teaching on Sunday, local artists, Sam McKinney, instructs beading on gourds, and Toni Best’s gourd class will use pine needle coiling. From Seal Beach, Cookie Hanson will teach a butterfly dipper on Saturday, and two mini gourds on Sunday. Don Weeke of Julian, CA, will create fabulous gourd masks on Saturday and a woven center gourd on Sunday.

From Arizona, our keynote speaker on Saturday night, Bonnie Gibson, is very well known. Bonnie’s carving classes always fill quickly: Saturday’s basic power carving class and fancy filigree carving on Sunday.

Other fantastic weavers include: Jennifer Wool, from Mt. Hamilton, CA, Polly Sutton, from Seattle, WA, and the inimitable Marilyn Moore, from Iowa City, Iowa, with her unique wire baskets.

The weekend begins on April 22 with a reception at Arts Visalia from 6 – 8 p.m. This show will feature a wonderful combination of baskets and gourds created by the teachers using different materials and featuring their fantastic, individual styles. In addition, for exhibition only, a collection of baskets and gourds from around the world will be on display.

So, treat yourself and a friend! Take a class! Enjoy the comradery and experience a terrific weekend creating your own unique art.

Go to: www.californiagourdsociety.com. Look at “events”, download the brochure, and sign up for a class. This weekend only occurs every other year! We look forward to seeing you at Baskets and Gourds – Containers of our Culture VI this April!

For more information, contact Toni Best at 559-627-5430 or email [email protected]

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