Pine Needle Basket Workshop

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Pine Needle Basket Workshop

Pine Needle Basket Workshop

Conducted by Portage Artist Roberta Condon

Sat., April 6, 2019

9am to 3:45pm

One day workshops, Adults

The Plymouth Arts Center is presenting a Pine Needle Basketry Workshop conducted by Portage, WI Artist Roberta Condon, Saturday, April 6 from 9am to 3:45pm. The class fee is: $90 per student. (Register early by March 29th to make sure the minimum enrollment is met.) Class size is limited to the first nine students registered. To register: call the Plymouth Arts Center (920) 892-8409; visit the PAC at 520 East Mill Street, downtown Plymouth, Tuesday-Friday, 10am to 4pm; or conveniently online: www.plymoutharts.org

Join artist Roberta Condon for this unique, beginning, Pine Needle Basketry Workshop. This workshop is designed for beginning level students, and those who have taken a beginning level course and would like to learn new techniques. By the end of the day, you will leave with the skills to be able to complete a basket start to finish, understand what materials are needed and how pine needle coiling is achieved, resources for materials to continue your weaving journey, and the inspiration to create your own pieces! All materials are included in the fee, with the exception of a sharp pair of scissors and a small, good quality, needle nose pliers.

About the Artist: Roberta Condon is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. Her works are featured in her own gallery in Portage, as well as in national shows. Roberta said, “I began weaving baskets three years ago in a week-long course conducted by Jean Poythress Koon; a nationally recognized master teacher. I was a ‘natural’ as Jean said. I took risks, created new designs, competed in national shows, and received national recognition among pine needle weavers. I have taught many classes through my gallery and have created many converts to the pine needle weaving craft.” Tricia Roberts, PAC’s Education Coordinator said, “we are thrilled to learn from Roberta’s mastery.”

Roberta Condon’s baskets and pastel paintings, along with paintings by artist Claudette Lee Roseland will be featured at the Plymouth Arts Center, in a new art show entitled, “Spring Reflections,” from March 22nd through May 5th. Spring Reflections is generously sponsored by Veritas Financial Services and Wittkopp Funeral and Cremation Services, Margaret Wittkopp, Owner.

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Meet the Teacher

Roberta Condon

From Portage, WI, Condon’s works are featured in her own gallery, as well as in national shows. She began weaving three years ago with Jean Poythress Koon. Roberta’s work will be featured in the Plymouth Arts Center Gallery from Mar. 22, 2019-May 3.We are thrilled to learn from her mastery. Roberta said, “When I engage in fiber arts I am creating something, but I’m also participating in historic traditions thousands of years old. I’m not only making art for my own and future generations, but I am also embodying the work of my ancestors. Folklore is passed mouth to mouth. Folk Art is passed hand to hand. Pine needle and grass coiling into baskets has been in existence since the time of man. My extensive study with the Gullah Geechee in the barrier islands off the Georgia Coast, and a master coiler North in the barrier islands of Virginia imbue the work with a deep tradition yet the forms move outside tradition to embrace a new definition of basketry and vessels, stretching the traditional forms and materials to embrace contemporary meanings. Found Items… pieces from the forest and desert floor, and the flowing current and eddies of the rivers influence the work as they have influenced my life…past, present, and future evidenced in all.”

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