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Basketry artist to be featured in Gloucester

Jean Koon’s basketry artwork

Jean Koon will be the featured artist at the Gloucester Arts on Main Gallery in July, and will be at the “Second Friday” reception on July 12.

Koon is a retired culinary arts teacher who lived in Tennessee for 30 years before returning to Virginia in late 1980s. She grew up in a family where everyone was always doing arts and crafts. They were sold at her grandmother and grandfather’s produce stand at the local markets. What they made was both decorative and utilitarian.

After retiring from teaching in the mid-1990s, Koon found she had a neighbor who did Nantucket style baskets and gave Koon her first lesson in basket weaving.  This ignited her passion for basketry and she has never looked back.

Many of Koon’s baskets use the coiling technique and start with a seashell, piece of driftwood, or a turned wooden base.  Most the baskets share a reflection of the starting piece, whether it is round or asymmetrical, and which Koon will interpret as she completes the basket.

Gloucester Arts on Main invites the public to the gallery on July 12 from 6-9 p.m. to meet Koon and hear her explain how her art/craft has changed her life.

Gloucester Arts on Main also invites the public to come and see the artists on display in the gallery from noon-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  All the activities at Gloucester Arts on Main are partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gloucester Arts on Main is at 6580-B Main Street in Gloucester. Call 824-9464 or visit for more information.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 07.02.2013

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