“Patti-Baker-Baskets”: Nantucket Baskets by Patti Baker, 2018 Holiday Pops Logo Artist
On view Monday, November 5th, through Tuesday, November 27th
Public Reception and Unveiling of Holiday Pops Logo Art: Tuesday, November 6th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Patti Baker will unveil the logo art she has created for the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor’s Holiday Pops Concert, at a public reception in her honor on Tuesday, November 6th, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Guests are invited to gather in the Library’s Virginia A. Carten Gallery for an exhibit of examples of the art of Patti Baker. The exhibit is titled “Patti-Baker-Baskets” and will be on view from November 5th through November 27th.
The unveiling of Baker’s Holiday Pops piece, entitled “Marblehead Mailbox”, will take place at the November 6th reception. Baker is an award-winning basket weaver, and has made hundreds of baskets in an array of shapes and sizes. The exhibit will feature a variety of her best work. Baker just received two blue ribbons at the 2018 Topsfield Fair for entries in both the Home Arts and Nantucket Baskets categories.
Patti Baker is an accomplished craftsperson, and has made baskets for many years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Marblehead Arts Association, and is involved with a variety of programming and fund raising activities there. She also continues her art, making custom baskets to order for a wide range of clients.
Baker is drawn to basket weaving because of its long tradition. Her designs follow Nantucket basket weaving styles. She enjoys the precision of the craft, while exploring and creating new shapes and designs. Her baskets are skillfully made, and are charming examples of New England contemporary craft. Visit her website at www.oldtownnantuckets.com to learn more!
About the Virginia A. Carten Gallery
Virginia A. Carten (1906 – 1986) was a local artist who expressed her generosity to the community by bequeathing a significant amount of money to Abbot Library for items relating to art and artists. A portion of that money was used to build a new gallery during the Library building renovations in 1989 – 1990. The Carten Gallery is used for exhibits of area artists whose work might include painting, photography, sculpture, multimedia and more. Those interested in exhibiting work in the Gallery should contact the Library Director, Patricia Rogers, at 781-631-1481 Ext. 222, or at email@example.com.
Virginia A. Carten
The following biographical information about Virginia Carten comes from a 1980’s Rockport Art Association book on member artists: Virginia Carten was intrigued by line and motion, likes to capture some fleeting moment in the daily lives of her subjects- from Mexican washwomen to lobstermen tending traps. Graduated: Massachusetts school of Art. Worked Boston stores and newspapers, later – children’s book illustration. Served: 3 years army Air force Photographer – U.s. and Europe.. exhibited: London International Salon of Photography. 1965: Began studying painting in Mexico, concentrating on people in action – at markets, fiestas and countrysides. She observes unopposed movements of life, watching, memorizing and making very small quick sketches – painting later indoors. She finds Mexico, Guatemala, Spain, Morocco and New England harbors rich in colorful subjects.