"Gifts of the Forest" is a new exhibit now on view through June 5 in the short-term gallery of the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center in Stevenson.
The exhibit speaks of the talents of three women -- Leslee Burtt, Portland, Chris Warren, Milwaukie, Ore., and Marilyn Wold, Portland. Each has her own special talents that are blended in a splendid exhibit of basketry and handmade paper wall hangings.
Burtt is best known for her handmade baskets with antler handles. She incorporates natural materials such as cedar bark, wild cherry bark and bear grass with the antlers of deer, elk, moose or caribou. She also uses rattan palm and seagrass, which is a grass that grows in the river estuaries of China. Her weaving techniques combine traditional Appalachian styles with contemporary methods and her gathering techniques are identical to the Native Americans.
Warren is a close friend to Burtt, as they share the same interest in weaving. She is best known for her cedar bark baskets but enjoys using a variety of natural materials. It gives her great pleasure in knowing she has used materials that would otherwise die, decay or be destroyed and made it into a useful piece of art.
Wold, international free lance artist and instructor, has a paper and fiber arts background. Her art has been greatly influenced by primitive cultures and traditional art forms from around the world. Recently on staff for the "Fiber Forum" in Mittagong, Australia, Wold has taught workshops and classes at all levels worldwide.
Founder of "Wild Fibers," Wold had been in business for the last 18 years, producing paper and custom work for many individual artists and businesses. Her artwork has been displayed in galleries in Europe, the United States and Japan.