Published DateMEREDITH — The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Retail Gallery is hosting a springtime craft exhibition during the month of May – Return to Oz – a collaboration of work by various artists inspired by the Wizard of Oz.
Visitors will see each artist's interpretation of scenes and characters from the land over the rainbow, including flying monkeys, the Wicked Witch of the West, the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and of course Dorothy (and her little dog, too) . The collection includes work by master craftsmen Jack Dokus (metal jewelry), Kathy Marx (paper mache), Jane Kaufman (Raku clay sculpture), and Ameee Sweet-McNamara (Soutache jewelry).
On Saturday, May 4 the gallery will present al all-day Variety Basket Weaving workshop with Ray Lagasse that runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Students can choose which kind of basket they would like to make from start to finish. Options include a garden basket, laundry basket, wool gathering basket, or a market basket. Full descriptions, dimensions, and pictures are available at the gallery.
Students are encouraged to bring a lunch as the workshop runs a full 8 hours.
Tuition is $95 per student, and there is no additional materials fee. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.
On Sunday, May 5 Amee Sweet-McNamara will teach an afternoon class on Soutache & Bead Embroidery from 1-5 p.m. Working through a project that results in a pin that can also be worn as a pendant, this informative class covers all of the basic stitches required to begin coaxing beautiful braids into tantalizing textile jewelry.
Students need to bring their own pair of sharp craft scissors, as well as a small desk lamp (if desired).
Tuition is $45 per student, with an additional $30 materials fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class. Pre-registration is required.
On Saturday, May 11 there will be a basket weaving demonstration with Alice Ogden from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A juried League of NH Craftsmen member, Ogden created the League of NH Craftsmen's 2013 Ornament, Woven in Winter, a miniature, woven black ash basket with a white oak handle and rim and embellished with a shimmery metallic ribbon so that the ornament can be hung on a tree or wreath.