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Making Baskets Scores Points for Artistic Couple

CONTACT: Gwen Heffner      gwen.heffner@ky.gov       859-985-5448

Making a basket doesn’t just refer to shooting the basketball through a rim in Kentucky.  It is also an art form.

Demonstrating their unique style of basketry, David and Donna Glenn will take discarded pieces of wood veneer and weave them into an array of beautiful baskets on April 30, from 10:30 to 3:30 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.  

After he retired from his engineering job at Chevron, David Glenn began to devote his time to woodworking.  When a neighbor who worked for a veneer company offered him a large quantity of discarded second-grade veneer strips, Glenn began planning what he could make. After seeing a Berea College lampshade made from wood veneer, he began designing a basket.

Soon Donna began making baskets as well, using strips from local veneer companies. They currently use veneer from the George Freeman Corp. in Winchester. To keep their work environmentally friendly, they use recycled plywood for the bottoms. 

These baskets are created in three gluing steps, a departure from traditional basket making. The weaving is done using different colored wood veneer, which allows for a wide variety of patterns. Woods used are walnut, cherry, poplar, maple, ash, hickory, persimmon, oak and bubinga. 

Baskets created by the Glenns come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are both useful and decorative. The Glenns are juried members of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program and life members of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.

Baskets by David and Donna Glenn are regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, located at 200 Artisan Way, just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel and information areas are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea currently features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. Special exhibits on display include “Great Impressions: Prints by Kentucky Artisans,” through Sept. 10, 2016; and in the lobby, “Kentucky Clay: A Continuing Tradition.” For more information about events call 859-985-5448, go to the center’s website or visit the center’s Facebook page.

Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Photo:  A selection of wood veneer baskets by David and Donna Glenn.

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