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Baskets, naturally. Green from the Get Go exhibit opens
Posted: January 11, 2013

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is thinking outside of the basket – by hosting an exhibit that weaves together renewable materials, natural inspiration and modern art. Green from the Get Go: International Contemporary Basketmakers runs Jan. 12 through March 10.

With imaginative uses of materials, Green from the Get Go moves beyond the traditional definition of baskets and showcases the work of 40 artists who use renewable and sustainable resources as a way to speak about interconnectivity with nature. The exhibit is co-curated by Rhonda Brown and Tom Grotta of browngrotta arts and Jane Milosch, former curator of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

These sculptural baskets are made from both flora and fauna – materials include bamboo, pine, sea grass, willow, emu feathers and porcupine needles.

According to artist Dorothy Gill Barnes, each artist brings a unique conceptual approach and expression to their design and fabrication process. "The intent is to construct a vessel or related object using materials respectfully harvested from nature," she said.

Green from the Get Go honors both Edsel and Eleanor Fords’ appreciation of boundary-stretching artistic inspiration, while drawing attention to the ever more important issues of sustainability and the need for increased uses of renewable resources.

“The hope in sharing these artistic creations is to both heighten awareness of and draw attention to an unlimited resource for inspiration – nature,” says Ford House Curator Josephine Shea.

Admittance to Green from the Get Go is by donation. The exhibit is featured in the Visitor Center January 12 – March 10. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

In support of Green from the Get Go, Ford House offers programming to for children and adults to explore the art form. All events are at Ford House’s Visitor Center unless otherwise stated.

Living Green: Contemporary Craft & Cuisine
Saturday, March 2
11:30 AM – 2:30 p.m.
$30/$25 members

Gather at the Huntington Woods home of gallerist and collector Linda Ross. For many years Ross owned Sybaris, a noted contemporary craft gallery. For this special visit, she shares both her collection and insights on the contemporary fiber scene. A light lunch will be provided and information on the Green Kitchen Project will be shared.

Baskets and Brunch
Saturday, March 9
10 – 11:30 a.m.
$30/$25 members

Join Green from the Get Go curator and former curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery Jane Milosch and Ford House curator Josephine Shea for closing observations and a discussion of the contemporary basket movement.

Please register for events by clicking on the event name.

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