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You have two more weeks to register for the conference!
Registrations have been coming in steadily as people put together their summer plans. In order to give everyone as much time as possible to sign up, the registration has been extended to June 15.  We hope you will join us for what is shaping up to be five full days of learning and inspiration.
The three-day workshops, taught by a carefully selected team of instructors, are the core of any NBO conference. All of our instructors are invited to teach not only because they are master basket makers, but also because they have repeatedly proven themselves to be skilled and enthusiastic teachers.
But the conference is so much more than the workshops...
Explore the Twin Cities on Saturday
On Saturday a busload of folks will take off on a fabulous tour of the area escorted by Susan Dickman, Nancy Hovanes and Sherri West, three local NBO members. Our intrepid guides have designed a trip just for us:
Our tour will start with the Minnesota Book Arts Center, the largest in the country. A short walk will take us to the Guthrie Theater to visit the highly acclaimed Endless Bridge where you can view the Stone Arch Bridge and St Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River.  Next you’ll have the option of walking out on the Stone Arch Bridge, hanging out at the Mill City Farmer’s Market, or walking through the free parts of the Mill City Museum.  We’ll provide a box lunch that you can eat while enjoying these venues.  Next we’re off to the wonderful Asian &Tribal Arts Shop, Indigo, where wine and dessert will be served and we will have a short presentation on beautiful Asian baskets. Our final stop will be the Northrup King Building, which now houses 250 artists. Formerly the Northrup Seed Company built in 1917, it was converted to artists’ studios in 1980. And just for added fun, we’ll stop at the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden for a group photo-op in front of the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry.  Bring your walking shoes!
On Campus Three-hour Workshops on Saturday
Lanny Bergner will introduce the different types of metal mesh you can use to make all sorts of shapes.  He will also share his techniques for joining mesh and wire-edging so you can make a simple four-cut mesh sculpture during the workshop. Fee $10
There is a reason this triaxial weave is called “mad weave!”  But Jeanne Flanagan will keep you sane as she teaches you a variety of strategies for pattern recognition and design planning.  Fee $10.
The Four Sea Wave basket is the usually the first basket made by beginners in Japan.  It looks complicated, but Flo Hoppe will take you through it step by step.  With a few special tricks, it can be done in no time.  Fee $15.
Mary Catello from Florida will be filling her suitcase with inflorescence and palm boot!  During her workshop she will show you how to transform these materials into a purse and vessel.  Fee $15
Getting Down to Business

Do you think that your art speaks for itself?  As visual artists we are comfortable sharing stories through our work. Buyers are not visual artists and often want to know why and how we create work. Join NBO Executive Director Stefanie Joy Muscat for this workshop that will explore creating artist statements and how these fit into your wider brand. We will examine methods for marketing your work, and sharing your story, through various outlets such as booth shows, exhibitions, and social media.
  • Our Lifetime Achievement Award winners, Aaron Yakim, Cynthia Taylor and Dorothy Gill Barnes will be on campus all week, visiting classes and joining us for meals so you can have a chance to meet them. 
  • Janet Koplos, a nationally recognized scholar and author, will provide our keynote address:  “Why Baskets Matter.”
  • Ann Piper of the Grand Hand Gallery and Perry Price of the American Craft Council will lead a lively panel discussion. 
  • We will tour the All Things Considered VIII exhibition as well as the Mary Giles exhibition at The Textile Center.
  • We will have another great auction! 
  • Throughout the week Karen Gubitz will be working her basket magic on some lovely birches on campus with the help of several Macalester art students. 
  • More to Consider I, our first non-juried exhibition of members’s work will be open all week.
This just in!  Too amazing to be true!  David Letterman has come out of retirement with a Top Ten List of reasons you should come to the conference!
10. Everyone’s fingernails will be a mess, so you can cancel the manicure…
9. No one will crack the “basketcase” joke…
8. Yes, everyone will think you are crazy for being a basket maker, but will love you for it…
7. Someone will loan you a cell phone charger because you forgot to pack yours…
6. People will expect you to make a mess…
5. No one will ask if you majored in underwater basketmaking…
4. You will go home with more ideas for baskets than any human could possibly make in a lifetime…
3. You will be surrounded by hoarders of strange materials like vines, bark and short pieces of reed...
2. You will see friends you only see every other year at the NBO conference…
1. You will make new friends.
Please note:  Those attending the conference will get more information about signing up for the bus tour and the workshops before the conference.  If any activity is over-subscribed, we will hold a lottery to avoid the problem we had at the last conference when late arrivals found themselves with few options.
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