Weaving Baskets, Weaving Bridges Continues at MAC this Weekend

The Middletown Art Center (MAC) is honored to present this weekend’s WEAVING events: Beginning Weaving with Corine Pearce and a unique presentation on contemporary Indigenous art with Jacob Meders.

On Saturday, January 15 from 11-4 pm, Corine Pearce, Pomo basket weaver and cultural educator from Redwood Valley Little River Band of Pomo Indians, returns to lead weavers of all skill levels. The workshop is an introduction to weaving and simple twining using traditional and contemporary materials and includes basic patterning. WEAVING was designed to be accessible on Zoom to increase community access. At this time all spots at MAC are spoken for, but there is plenty of room on Zoom! Practice at home can be accomplished with traditional materials, if available, or non-traditional materials including rattan, jute or hemp twine, weeping willow branches, sticks, straws, and yarn. More information is available following registration.

Explore contemporary Indigenous art on Sunday, January 16 from 5-7 pm. The MAC is thrilled to present Indigenizing 21st Century Art: Land and Its People with artist Jacob Meders, assistant professor at Arizona State University, and member of Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria.Speaking about Contemporary Art tends to exclude Indigenous/Native Artists in America,” says Meders. “Often Native Artists are outliers, and their work is not seen as work about or within the context of current times (contemporary). So, when this work approaches the contemporary art world it breaks barriers and disrupts the norm, in turn Indigenizing the contemporary art structure. This lecture will explore this path and the approaches of many current Indigenous Artists as well as the many concepts that tie the people back to the land we call our homelands, our sacred lands.” This presentation is available on Zoom only.


The public is invited to learn more about the WEAVING project and register for Zoom access to both events at middletownartcenter.org/weaving. Pre-registration is required. Fees are sliding scale and support the project and project documentation.

WEAVING – Weaving Baskets, Weaving Bridges is a year-long project that provides a forum for understanding and sharing the cultural traditions and history that have shaped Lake County, using baskets as a vessel for healing and unity. The holistic process of basketry, from plant cultivation and preparation to weaving in community, revitalizes traditional cultural practices, increases non-Indigenous awareness of these practices, and weaves bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.  The project will culminate in exhibits of contemporary and traditional Indigenous art at the MAC Gallery in July in tandem with Pomo heritage basket exhibits at Lake County’s three Historical Museums. WEAVING is supported in part by an Impact Grant award from the California Arts Council, a state agency.

Learn more about what’s happening at MAC and ways to get involved, support, and join MAC in weaving the arts into the fabric of life in Lake County ​at ​www.middletownartcenter.org.​ 

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