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Over/Under Newsletter - October 2021
The National Basketry Organization is an inclusive community of makers and enthusiasts whose purpose is to promote awareness, inspire creativity, and foster appreciation for the heritage and artistry of basketry.
What's New at NBO

I've recently returned from a road trip to visit several National Parks. I saw a phenomenal amount of wildlife including herds of bison and mountain vistas with golden Aspen trees in all their fall glory. My time, separated from everyday life, proved to be just what I needed. It gave me the time to think, regroup and acquire some much-needed perspective. I’m happy to be back to work at NBO with my eyes wide open during a beautiful Autumn 2021.

We’re introducing a new semi-annual zoom gathering, the Lunch Basket. It’s a time to show and talk about your work with others hosted by NBO Board Member Chrissa Brock. Our first Lunch Basket will take place on Thursday, November 18th at 11 am Pacific Time. Email NBO Lunch Basket for a link to sign up for this new, free event.  

There’s a nice piece below by Anne Bowers. She recently traveled to the Missouri Basketweavers Guild’s annual event and shares her experience and impressions with us. 
 
NBO’s Every 1 Exhibition continues to be available for viewing on our website if you have not seen it yet. There are 161 NBO Members’ pieces included in the exhibit. Take a look to see the breadth of their work. 


Please make sure to use the hashtag #NBOMember when you post anything on Facebook and Instagram. We want to help you share your work. NBO will link to your post and other members will be more likely to see them.
 
Have a wonderful autumn.
 
 

Pamela Morton
Executive Director
National Basketry Organization 

PS. We are so grateful to our magazine advertisers. They are wonderful NBO supporters! 
Shown above:  Grand Tetons, Sharing the Road with Bison. Photos by Pam Morton.
IN THIS ISSUE
 
What's New at NBO

Weaving On the Road

The Lunch Basket

Every 1
 
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Weaving on the Road
By Anne Bowers

(Cue music…) “On the road again, I just can’t wait to get on the road again…” Lately, that tune by Willie Nelson is what I’m humming to myself as I drive down our laneway and head off on another adventure in my chosen career of teaching basketry skills. Since August, I’ve been out traveling to various venues that are hosting basketry get togethers. There has been much anticipation mixed with trepidation at every event I’ve attended, though. The first convention I attended was the Missouri Basketry Guild’s annual event. Although they were unable to hold an event in 2019 and 2020 due to Covid, they planned and hoped to make this year’s event happen. And it was a success! Here is a quote from Leanne Neilsen, Co-chair of the convention: "Well, after two long years of cancellations and planning, MBG actually pulled off the first in-person basket weaving convention since February 2020!!! It was a long and winding road, full of many uncertainties, back up plans, special considerations including sanitization, minimizing gathering points, working with restrictions until 4 months before convention, ever changing procedures and more.”


One of the best things about a basket convention is catching up with old friends. Paula Harrison and Marilyn Moore sit together after the Marketplace in Independence, Missouri.

This convention and the others that I have attended since that time in Kentucky, and Pennsylvania also took precautions such as social distancing, hand sanitizer on every table, and requests to wear masks were also implemented. Each place that I went to teach was ready to follow their state and county mandates. The love and need that basket weaving plays in the life of every individual that I saw, as well as the need for being together and enjoying one another’s company was evident. The world that we all revolve in, this love of the woven form obviously is strong and will continue far past this pandemic.
As waves of illness continue, and as we start to experience lightening restrictions with an eye to the future, let’s not give up hope. In a sad way, our world has become smaller because of more awareness of the effects of the pandemic. But it has also become smaller because of improved communications. Hopefully, this time has given us an opportunity to clarify where we fit into this world of basketry. Let’s use this past time of confinement to become more determined to make the most of the joy, pleasure the relationships formed and the art involved in this world we so enjoy…the world of basketry.
Visit the Missouri Basketweavers Guild
NBO Lunch Basket

Thursday, November 18th at 11AM Pacific 
 
We’re introducing a new, semi-annual zoom gathering we're calling the Lunch Basket. It’s a time to show and talk about your work, or work with others, hosted by NBO Board Member Charissa Brock.

Email
NBO Lunch Basket for the free link! 
NBO Member Exhibit: Every 1

Make sure to visit Every 1, an NBO Members exhibition online through December 31, 2021. It features works from 161 artists representing 34 states as well as Australia, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, & the United Kingdom. You’ll also want to check out the the Exhibition Committee Awards , and other awards with a sense of humor. (The ink to Every 1 can also be found on the NBO homepage for the foreseeable future.) Check out the tote bags and posters available in the NBO Zazzle online shop! 
 
Opportunities for Everyone
Excellence in Fibers, VII - deadline October 29, 2021
HGA Dogwood to Kudzu 2022 - deadline March 2, 2022
HGA Mixed Media Exhibit - deadline February 2, 2022
Small Expressions 2022 - deadline March 15, 2022


 For more information visit NBO’s Call to Entry listings on our website

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