April 2016 Newsletter

What an early Spring! Tulips are in full bloom here in the Skagit Valley. Perfect time to visit the valley and check out Katherine’s willow baskets in a couple of arts and crafts shows.

Katherine Lewis willow basket and Skagit Valley tulipsRexville Grange Art Show:

April 1-10, 2016. 10-6 daily. 19229 Rexville Grange Rd., Mount Vernon, WA. Annual arts and crafts show during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival featuring baskets, paintings, pottery, glass, photography, jewelry, felted hats, weaving and wood from Northwest artists. Katherine has a great selection of willow baskets on display and it’s right near the tulip fields!

Katherine Lewis willow market basketsSkagit Artisans:  April 16 from 10-5 and April 17 from 10-4. Johnson Historic Barn at 17322 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. First year for this event organized by Nina Foster whose family renovated this historic barn. Located near the flower fields it should be a fun event to take in the beauty of the valley and some of the fine arts and crafts as well.

Katherine Lewis willow basketSchack Art Center 20th Juried Art Show:

Through April 23, 2016. 2921 Hoyt Avenue, Everett, WA. Biennial collection of Northwest artists in a variety of mediums for an eclectic exhibit. The Schack is one of northwest Washington’s preeminent non-profit arts organizations. Katherine has two pieces in the exhibit – “Irish Potato Basket” and “Layers”.

Katherine Lewis willow tension traysFarm

You are welcome to stop by the farm to check out Katherine’s baskets when the April shows are over. You can find out more about what we’re up to by visiting our website at dunbargardens.com. We are also on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.
Thanks for your interest!



Schack 19th Juried Art Show

Pi(e) willow basket by Katherine Lewis

Katherine was honored to have three of her baskets chosen for the 19th Juried Art Show at the Schack Art Center in Everett, WA. The show opened on June 19 and will end August 2. It is a biennial exhibit of Northwest artists in a wide variety of mediums. This year’s jurors were Jan Hopkins, Ken Rowe and Joan Pinney. You can view the complete list of artists and images of the work on the Schack website.

There are two basket makers in the show with Dorothy McGuinness in addition to Katherine. One of Dorothy’s pieces “Threshold” was awarded Second Place in 3D works. Katherine received an Honorable Mention for her basket “Pi(e)” seen in the image above. Of course, anyone involved with basketry or fiber arts will recognize the name of juror Jan Hopkins. It definitely adds to the honor of having work chosen for the show.

willow basket tray by Katherine Lewis

Katherine appreciates the opportunity to display her baskets in an art venue like the Schack. Since her work emphasizes the functional element, it is not often she gets her work juried into exhibits.

Katherine works almost exclusively with willow, but occasionally she experiments with other materials. The third basket in the show titled “Slingshot” has rubber strips used in the side weavers along with the willow base, stakes, border and handle. She uses a zig zag weave with the strips doubled up to get a different look inside and out.

Slingshot - willow and rubber basket by Katherine Lewis

We hope people have a chance to see the exhibit before it closes. Thanks again to the jurors, gallery director Carrie Collver and all the staff at the Schack.