Sunday, November 29, 2009

Kelly Church at Eiteljorg Museum

Artist-in-residence through Saturday (5 December) at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Southwestern Art, 500 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, is Kelly Church, a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa (that's her strawberry basket, at left).

Church is a fifth-generation Black Ash basket weaver, and a Birch Bark Biter. She makes traditional, utilitarian baskets, as well as contemporary baskets, such as a woven checker game, baskets out of vinyl blinds and recently wove a basket out of copper. Kelly participates in art shows throughout the country and is very active in her community teaching how to harvest and process baskets and informing the public about the Emerald Ash Borer.


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