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Artist to have pine needle basketry workshop in Calabash July 20

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Artist Melanie Walter will conduct a Pine Needle Basketry workshop from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 20 at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash. During the four-hour session, students will learn how to create pine needle basket focusing on how to start, coil and shape the basket.
Walter will also discuss how to find long-leaf pine needles, prepare them for use and how to seal the finished basket. One small project will be completed during the class.
According to Walter, she discovered the lost art of pine needle basketry in the early 1990s, when she purchased a home that had more than 100 long-leaf pine trees on the property. She soon developed her own basket-making style, incorporating many natural materials into her work, including walnuts, hickory nuts and bamboo.
In 2001, she created her own business, Pine Garden Baskets. Since 2006, Walter has been adding clay components to her pine needle baskets, taking her work in a new direction. She won two Regional Artist Grants from the Cumberland County/ Fayetteville Arts Council in 2009 and 2011, was featured in Our State magazine’s October 2009 story, “The Beauty of the Pines,” by Liz Biro. She also is a recent winner of a merit award from the Buyers Market of American Craft, and a finalist for the prominent Niche Award in February 2011. She exhibits locally at Sunset River Marketplace.
The fee for the workshop is $65 and includes all materials. For more information, or to register, call the gallery at 575-5999. Visit its website at www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.