Welcome to Our Website!
Welcome to our website!
Highlights of Great Basin Basketmakers:
- Monthly guild meetings with member presented programs and projects
- Monthly newsletters
- Opportunities to learn basic weaving techniques
- Monthly basketry classes and special workshops
- Library for member use -- includes books, videos, and patterns
- Weave with natural materials, as well as recycled materials
- Supportive and helpful group, we welcome all weaving levels
- Annual weaving retreat at Lake Tahoe
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Meetings and Classes
GBB meets the first Thursday of the month at the Sparks Masonic Center, 2425 Pyramid Hwy, Sparks, NV. Business meetings commence at 10:00 a.m. and generally last about an hour, followed with a "Show and Tell" session/lunch (bring a sack lunch) followed by either a program or mini-workshop. Classes are held monthly at various locations. 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. GBB hosts an annual weaving retreat at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center, Lake Tahoe, NV.
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.