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Green from the Get Go:
Contemporary International Basketmakers

Baskets and Bites: Artist Talk and Tea
Mary Merkel-Hess

Mary Merkel-Hess

Monday, February 18, 2013


Visitor Center
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House,
Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan

Mary Merkel-Hess was born and raised in Iowa where the landscape is dominated by billowing fields of grass and corn. Her sculptural basket-like forms, which she refers to as "landscape reports" are inspired by these natural surroundings. Using reeds and paper, Merkel-Hess makes baskets using a technique that she developed, a combination of three-dimensional collage and paper mache. Merkel-Hess comes to Ford House from Iowa on Monday, February 18th, to discuss her work, inspirations, and share her ongoing exploration of methods and materials. The cost for Baskets and Bites is $30.00; members is $25.00.

Merkel-Hess is one of the artists featured in Green from the Get Go: International Contemporary Basketmakers an exhibition co-curated by Rhonda Brown and Tom Grotta of browngrotta arts and Jane Milosch, former curator of the Renwick Gallery Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibition, which features from more than 50 works by artists who take inspiration from nature and the history of basketry, runs through March 9, 2013. When you visit the exhibition at 110 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, you can also take a tour of The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House and surrounding buildings. The cost for Baskets and Bites is $30.00; members, $25.00. The hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. For more information call: 313.884.4222 or visit:

participating artists:
Dona Anderson
Jane Balsgaard
Dorothy Gill Barnes
Dail Behennah
Nancy Moore Bess
Birgit Birkkjaer
Jan Buckman
Chris Drury
Lizzie Farey
Ceca Georgieva
Marion Hildebrandt
Kiyomi Iwata
St├ęphanie Jacques
Christine Joy

Virginia Kaiser

Markku Kosonen
Gyöngy Laky
Dawn MacNutt
John McQueen
Mary Merkel-Hess
Norma Minkowitz
Valerie Pragnell
Ed Rossbach
Hisako Sekijima
Kay Sekimachi
Naoko Serino
Klaus Titze
Jiro Yonezawa
Masako Yoshida
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