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.
Over/Under Newsletter - June 2020

What's New at NBO
One result of the pandemic is that the creative minds at NBO have come up with new opportunities for you. We’ve begun Getting Close as a way to promote basketry using close-up images submitted by our members. Keep reading for more information, but remember the deadline for submissions is July 31st.

In July we will be introducing a new program called NBO Presents. Please join us for the first event in a series of interviews, lectures, get-togethers and other programming open to all NBO members and the greater arts community. Details follow.

The Teachers Zoom meetings continue to be successful and are valued by the participants. Those in joining the meetings share ideas of how to teach online, what works and doesn’t work along with suggestions of working during these times. Everyone is welcome and those joining think it’s time well spent. There will be another meeting in early July and we'd love to have you. Email me for meeting information.
I asked our Group and Guild Committee to share with you what some of them are doing these days. Read below to find out how the Bay Area Basket Makers have been gathering during this time. 
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Shown left:  Work by Amanda Salm, member of the Bay Area Basketmakers 


Pamela Morton
Executive Director
National Basketry Organization 
Bay Area Basket Makers 
 NBO Presents: Sarita Westrup 
Getting Close!
Online Workshops 
Les Harmon, North Carolina, Kathryn Erickson, Florida, Sufia Giza, South Carolina, and Nancy Delamar, Akransas
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Bay Area Basketmakers 
by Bob Darchi

Every Saturday we have a Zoom Art Day. This is not a meeting. It is an informal session when people work on a project while we visit and chat. It is an opportunity for people to show what they are working on, to get help with something or to ask questions. This lasts about two hours.
We have had two Zoom workshops where one of our members who is very familiar with a technique teaches it to the others. One workshop was about how to make some rims to finish
a basket. The other one was teaching the "Step Up" method.

From left:  work by Lorraine Oller, Jill Stanton, and Eugenia Gwathney

Finally, we were scheduled to have an exhibit at the Mendocino Art Center for the month of July. They will not be open so we worked with them and instead they will have a virtual exhibit of our work on their website.

NBO Presents: An Interview with Sarita Westrup

Sarita Westrup (left) and Analise Minjarez (right) with "Orbital Migration”, 2018 

Sarita Westrup is an artist living and working in Penland, North Carolina. Her personal textile and sculptural works are inspired by where she was born and raised, the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Sarita is also co-founder of TIERRA FIRME, a project-based collaborative effort that speaks to their identity as women born and raised on the border of the US & Mexico.

Tune in on Saturday, July 17th at  8PM Eastern / 7PM Central / 6PM Mountain / 5PM Pacific. The  program will last 30-45 minutes. Please email us for more information on how to watch the interview.

Stay tuned
for other NBO Presents programs. These will also be announced on our social media so be sure to visit our Instagram and Facebook pages. 
Getting Close with NBO! 

Help the National Basketry Organization promote basketry!  Send us close-up photos showing details of your work. The best images will be selected for NBO’s social media and printed materials: calendars, note cards, posters etc.We will announce the selected photos by August 31, 2020.NBO will credit the artist and photographer whenever possible.
Details and information at Getting Close

Shown above: Detail of work by Carol Eckert
Opportunities for Everyone! 
National Basketry Association:  Getting Close, deadline July 31st.
Craft Forms 2020 -
Wayne Art Center,  deadline September 15, 2020. 
Fiber Art Now - Excellence in Fibers
deadline September 15, 2020. 
Fiber Art Now - Emerging Artists, deadline August 1, 2020. 
Surface Design Association - Future Tense 2020, deadline September 15, 2020. 
Surface Design Association - Mandatory Color 2020deadline July 15, 2020. 
For more information, visit the Call to Entry section on the NBO events calendar.  
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