Meetings and Classes
GBB meets the first Thursday of the month at Copper Cat Studios, 300 Kresge, Sparks, NV. Business meetings commence at 11:00 a.m. and generally last about an hour, followed with a "Show and Tell" session/lunch (bring a sack lunch) and a program starting at 1:00 p.m. Classes are held on the third Thursday of the month and the fourth Saturday of the month (excluding May, July, and December.) Annual dues, payable in January, entitle members to discounts on classes and workshops. GBB also has an extensive resource library which allows members to check out books and materials for a month at a time. The library can be accessed at the monthly meetings.
Great Basin Basketmakers is a guild whose members create a wide variety of traditional and contemporary baskets. In 1986, Mary Lee Fulkerson, seeking a source of honeysuckle to use in baskets, placed an advertisement in a local paper. Other enthusiastic basket makers including Nadine Tuttle, Diane Schaub, Kathy Ralston, Jeanne McClard and Dora Taylor responded. Mary Lee presented a slide show at the Reno-Sparks YWCA in January, 1987 and the Great Basin Basketmakers (GBB) was born. Accomplishments include the publication of a book detailing the various natural basket making materials that grow in the Great Basin region, along with illustrations, tips for harvesting and storage recommendations. In 2004, GBB hosted a five day convention in conjunction with Reno's month long ArTown celebration every July. The convention featured nationally recognized instructors and was the first basketry-related convention on the west coast. Several times a year, GBB hosts nationally recognized basket makers for special workshops.