Summerville Basketeers: Baskets on display at the library

Ellen Fraser and Bernice Sloan who set up the display at the Library. Not pictured Doreen Othon also helped to set up the display.

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Ellen Fraser and Bernice Sloan who set up the display at the Library. Not pictured Doreen Othon also helped to set up the display.

SHEILA KYNION

Special to The Banner

The members of the Summerville Basketeers have the honor of providing a display of their beautiful works at the Bonita Springs Public Library. Eleven of the Basketeers contributed baskets, mats, angels, necklaces, and other works that are handmade by using things found in the Florida environment. The materials used in their work are pine needles, palm fronds and blossoms, philodendron sheaths and sweet grass. The items are woven together using raffia and binders to create a beautiful work of art.

Many different types of basket making groups exist, however the type of baskets that will be on display are coil baskets. The art of coil basketry originated with the Indians about 9,000 years ago. Many tribes such as the Seminoles and Miccosukee tribes use this technique in their basket making. Summerville Basketeer teacher Georgia Hortin has realized the beauty of this art form and is dedicated to keep the ancient art of coil basketry alive. She teaches others to make the baskets in the Activities Center at Summerville Senior Living each Monday morning at 10 a.m. The class is open to the public at no charge. For information about the basket class, please call Sheila Kynion at 948-2600.

The display will be available for public viewing during the month of March at the Library located at: 26876 Pine Ave, Bonita Springs. For directions or hours for the Bonita Springs Public Library, please call 992-0101.

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