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Bemidji,Minnesota 56619
Bemidji Pioneer
Basket art to be featured at the TIN PAN gALLErY
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Katie Haws of Hines and Eve Sumsky of Tenstrike are the featured artists for the month of September at the TIN PAN gALLErY at the Blackduck Area History and Art Center. Both are basket artists and you can meet them at the reception Sept.11 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.


Haws been a wildlife biologist for 29 years. During that time she has collected antlers and parts from a number of wildlife species, such as deer, caribou and moose.

She first learned the basics of basket weaving in 2005, and continues to work on learning and perfecting the techniques. She hopes to specialize in creating artistic and functional baskets using legally permissible natural features such as grouse feathers, antlers, grapevine, dog wood and cat tail, along with more traditional materials.

Haws hopes to convey a sense of beauty in these pieces, as well as engender a conservation concern to those who may receive or own these pieces, because we cannot really replicate what nature makes. She has begun teaching the skills of basket weaving to others as a way of passing on her passion for the art.

Sumsky has been making baskets since 1995. She has always felt the need to make things, and felt it was important that her creations be useful. She enjoys exploring different techniques of weaving and uses a variety of materials in her work. The more she weaves and masters the traditional styles and techniques, the easier it becomes to let her creativity take over and make "new" baskets using the old ways.

She began selling baskets locally in 1999, and has been featured in a number of art shows. She continually refines her art by attending workshops and classes. She is a member of the Headwaters Basketmakers Guild and the National Basketry Organization.

When not involved in basket weaving, Sumsky teaches music to K-fifth grade students and plays French horn in the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra.

Take advantage of the plant and produce sale also being held at the center Sept. 11. The center is located at Main and Margaret in downtown Blackduck. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 835-4478.

Pioneer staff reports