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The Cole/Ware Collection of American Baskets will open at the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, October 4th. They have 3 of my early, tradition baskets. The exhibit has 105 baskets from 63 weavers who worked primarily in un-dyed (except for one of mine) native materials which the basketmakers collected. The show will be on until December 6th.!

 December 13, 2011

"She's Come Unraveled" and "The Good Seed" are traveling to the US Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda!!

They were picked by Ambassador Donald Koran and his wife Cindy Goodson.

ART in Embassies, Kigali, Rwanda

   Billie Ruth Sudduth donated her contemporary basket collection to the Asheville Art Museum in 2008. One of my twill woven basket bowls was included.

   At the Smithsonian Craft show this weekend (4/18/2011), I found out that a generous collector has donated 3 of my baskets to the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum! They will be officially there in 2013.

   At the Craft Boston Show in Boston on April 10th, I won the Artist Choice Award. This award is voted on by all the artists at the show, so it's in my opinion, the best award to receive!

   On January 14th in Saxtons River, Vermont I gave an illustrated talk about my work which included how to make a black ash basket, my influences and my story.  It was a wonderful evening starting with a catered meal by local Harvest Moon Catering.  Main Street Arts hosted the "Taste of the Arts; Tales from a Community" series and were thrilled with the sell out crowd!

   On August 27th in Chicago Illinois I was featured on WGN-TV midday show, albeit briefly, demonstrating how I make a basket to advertise the American Craft Exposition Show in Evanston that weekend. Here's the link! WGN-TV midday fix

   On opening night (November 12, 2008) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, I won the Adrianna Farrelli award for Excellence in Fiber Art.

   On August 20th, I won the Show Directors' Award at the 2008 American Craft Exposition in Evanston, Illinois.  Winning this award entitles me to return to the show next year without needing to apply.  It will be the 25th anniversary show and I look forward to being there.

   On opening night (November 29, 2007) of the "Crafts at the Castle Show" in Boston, my basket "Orange Pod" was purchased by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for their permanent collection. They now have two of my baskets, "Porcupine" was purchased in 1998.  I also won the "Excellence in Craft" award, the top prize given at the show.

Orange Pod

purchased by the

Boston Museum of

Fine Arts



purchased by the

Boston Museum of

Fine Arts


   I won "Best of Show" at the American Craft Exposition in Evanston, Illinois, August 23 - 26, 2007.

   I won the "Exhibitors Choice Gold Award" at the Smithsonian Craft Show, April 18 - 22, 2007.

At SOFA Chicago 2006,


was purchased for the
Arkansas Art Center,

Little Rock, Arkansas

Email: suki@vermontel.net

Copyright: JoAnne Russo 2013