Leona Waddell

Living Traditions

Leona Waddell White Oak Egg BasketWhite-oak egg basket, 2004
White oak, brass pins: 10″ x 13″ x 8.5″
Lent by Scott Gilbert and Beth Hester

Leona Waddell learned white-oak basket making from her mother when she was about nine years old and soon developed her signature style. Her early baskets were traded to a local merchant in exchange for food or sent to other states in exchange for clothing. Today, they are sold in many upscale stores in New York and purchased by collectors here and abroad.

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Jennifer Heller Zurick

Living Traditions

Jennifer Heller Zurick UntitledJennifer Heller Zurick Entwined #1[Left] #683-09, 2009
Willow bark: 8.5″ x 7″ x 7″
Lent by Lila and Richard Bellando

[Right] Entwined #1, 2013
Willow bark, honeysuckle: 10″ x 6″ x 6″
Lent by the artist

Jennifer Heller Zurick is a self-taught fiber artist who has been harvesting and weaving black willow bark for baskets since 1980. Fascinated with the textures and rhythmic design elements of early Native American and contemporary Japanese basketry, she creates simple, elegant vessels to embody the souls of the trees from which her work emerges.

She is the recipient of a 2010 United States Artists Fellowship and two Kentucky Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships and was selected for the 1999 Kentucky Arts Council Cultural Exchange Residency in Ecuador. Her work is included in a number of museum collections, including the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and has won awards at national exhibitions and shows.

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