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LXS presentation by Sande Rowan

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Feb. 13, 2015

Sande Rowan, a professional basket maker, teacher and author, will share a brief history of basket making and demonstrate the traditional coiling techniques she continues to practice in a special SENarts event at the Nevada Legislature from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18. The talk is part of “The Work of Artists,” a series of  programs scheduled throughout the legislative session.

During her presentation, “Baskets of the World,” Rowan will offer insights into her craft. Working with Native American basket makers in the Southwest, Rowan learned practices she incorporated into her own style. Her “Rainbow Spiral” pine needle basket is among works featured in “Pine Spirit” at the Legislative eXhibition Series Gallery through Feb. 20 in the Nevada Legislative Building.

Gathering pine needles while hiking in the Sierra provided her with a deep connection to the natural world and the majestic trees she encounters give their energy to the work, Rowan said. Her baskets use a variety of bindings and adornments. Attaching the pine needle coil to clay and turned wooden bowls gives the artist a broader canvas.

Rowan said she enjoys working with students, teaching and passing on the ancient art form. She teaches workshops and classes at guilds, retreats and private classes in the West.  She recently taught a series of classes for the Great Basin Basket Makers’ Carson City outreach program. Rowan is an author of “PINE SPIRIT…a modern approach to the ancient art of coiled basket making.” For more information email

“The Work of Artists” is presented by the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, SENarts and Capital City Arts Initiative. SENarts is a partnership between the Nevada Senate, Nevada Arts Council, Nevada Division of Museums and History and the Brewery Arts Center. In a small and welcoming environment, each artist will offer insight into the work they do, the art they make and the talent it takes to produce their treasures.