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Artist Katherine Lewis’ baskets featured in Smithsonian exhibition

Sep 29th, 2013 | Category: Crafts, News

MOUNT VERNON – Local basketmaker Katherine Lewis, of Dunbar Gardens in Mount Vernon, is included in an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Oct. 4 through Dec. 8. The showing, titled “A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets,” features 105 baskets made between 1983 and 2012 by 63 basketmakers. All artists work with undyed natural materials that they gather or grow themselves – the processes of which are as important to the work as the weaving of the baskets. Lewis lives and works on a small farm in the Skagit Valley where she grows and harvests willow rods and bark for her baskets. Six of her baskets are included in the collection. The collection explores the revival of traditional basketry in recent decades, and the varieties of basket forms on display include those made for harvest, sewing and laundry, and more. Lewis will attend the public opening on Oct. 4. For more information about the willow baskets of Katherine Lewis, contact(360) 428-3076 or baskets@dunbargardens.com. For more information, see www.willowbasketmaker.com.

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