Basket weavers weave their magic at the Benalla Art Gallery

Creative: Red bowl (2022) by Shirley Mills of the Border and North East Basketmakers is part of the latest Benalla Gallery Shop exhibition.

Benalla Art Gallery continues to support local creatives with its latest exhibition Weave.

Throughout the month of July, five members of the Border and Northeast Basket Weavers Group display works in the Benalla Art Gallery shop.

Marlene Carty, Chris Dormer, Shirley Mills, Birgit Schonafinger and Kathy Whelan created the works using a variety of weaving techniques.

They include pieces made from locally collected natural fibers, paper twine and recycled materials, including wire.

The Border and North East Basketmakers Group, formed in 2005, has 10 members and meets monthly.

Long-time experienced fiber artists are generous teachers for new members.

Marlene Carty said some exhibit independently and some hold public workshops to give others a chance to experience the joy of basket making.

“(We) wanted to support the Benalla Art Gallery because it provides this opportunity for artists to showcase their work,” Ms Carty said.

“It’s a way to show gallery visitors the variety of possibilities that come with being a fiber artist and why we’re all so addicted.”

Benalla Art Gallery director Eric Nash said he was excited about the diversity of practices the exhibition would feature.

“To date, exhibitions in the gallery shop have focused on ceramics and printmaking practices,” Mr. Nash said.

“So it will be a real joy to introduce basket weaving and textile arts to our community.

“Especially as this is a group exhibition, visitors will be able to enjoy a rich array of techniques and materials.”

In January, Benalla Art Gallery announced a process for area artists to apply for rotating monthly exhibitions in the gallery’s shop windows.

The new program is designed to better promote and support local and regional creative practices.

Weave is the first group exhibition following successful solo exhibitions by Pauline Fraser, Maggie Hollins, Lorna Hobbs, Susie Buykx and Joan Mullarvey.

You can apply to exhibit in the gallery shop by visiting benallaartgallery.com.au/exhibitions