080213 Sanbornton Basket Artist's works in National Exhibitions (218 w/2 col photo)

SANBORNTON — Two baskets, "Ferns" and "Dragonfly", by Sharon Dugan of Sanbornton have been selected for the National Basketry Organization sponsored All Things Considered VII exhibition.

It will be held at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Sandra J. Blain Galleries in Gatlinburg, TN, from August 24-October 19. The exhibition will then travel to the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA November 20 to February 26, 2014.
The exhibition was juried by Emily Zilber, Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Steve Cole, well-known collector of traditional baskets. 30 baskets were selected for the exhibition from 186 works. The jurors' selections represent a balance between tradition and innovation as well as concept, technique and materials showcasing true benchmarks of excellence.
Sharon Dugan has been making pounded black ash splint baskets in her studio in the scenic hills of Sanbornton for over twenty-five years. Her work is in the Smithsonian American Arts Museum, Renwick Gallery, WA., The Wicker Museum in Novy Tomysl, Poland, The Edith Grodin Permanent Collection- League of NH Craftsmen, Concord, and can be found in the League of NH Craftsmen Galleries statewide.

Dugan will also have a booth at the upcoming League of NH Craftsmen's annual Craftsmen's Fair at Mt. Sunapee Resort, Newbury, August 3-11.


Black ash splint basket made by Sharon Dugan of Sanbornton. (Courtesy photo)