Sculptural basketry by Mary Jane Everett | Arts & Culture
Sculptural Basketry by Mary Jane Everett will be on exhibit at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts from April 5th through May 4th. Everett has a studio in York, Alabama, and has been making her award-winning baskets for twelve years. She uses traditional basketry techniques and materials but then incorporates unexpected additions into her baskets such as tarnished silver flatware, parts of farm tools, hardware cloth, pieces of sheet metal and other found objects. While still creating traditional basket forms she has recently begun exploring more abstract and sculptural shapes.
Everett started making baskets after a workshop led by Billie Ruth Sudduth at Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts. She has also studied under Lissa Hunter, Hisako Sekijima and Mark Kolinski. In 2005, Everett received an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. She has twice won the Merit Award at Kentuck Festival of the Arts in Northport and received Best of Show at the 2009 Prairie Arts Festival in West Point, Mississippi. Her work has been exhibited in venues across the southern United States.
Everett has begun a new body of works inspired by prairie farms. "I live in the Blackbelt region of Alabama," she said, "and also travel regularly to the Rocky Mountains - crossing the plains through Nebraska or South Dakota. I'm drawn to the clusters of grain bins and silos rising above the plains like American castles." Several of these new pieces will be included in the exhibition.
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is located at 217 East Tuscaloosa Street and is open, free of charge, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Museum programs are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Sponsored by the Florence Department of Arts And Museums. Call 256-760-6379 for more information.