ESCANABA - If you've always wanted to try basket-making, the Bonifas Arts Center has a class for you. Basket-maker extraordinaire Janie Paulin will teach a Doorknob Basket: Beginner-Intermediate class at the Center on Thursdays, April 4, 11, and 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Paulin is the proprietor of Dreamweaver Baskets, a member of the East Ludington Gallery, and a tireless part of the former Bay Area Art Association. Her baskets have ranged from small to large, with sometimes-unexpected embellishments.
The doorknob basket is sweet and small, so it fits handsomely on any door making a tasteful, warm welcome. Dyed reed and a reed handle add spark. The finished basket measures 8 feet tall and 5 inches wide, to hold flowers and other natural items or holiday notions.
Janie Paulin, right, teaches basket making at the Bonifas Arts Center in April, and in this 2008 Bonifas file photo.
"It's perfect for spring," said gallery and education director Pasqua Warstler. "I can see it as a May Day basket full of daffodils, a summer basket with wild daisies, or a fall decoration with leaves and dried flowers."
Paulin guides you through the steps to create your own small treasure, and then to go on to make other baskets. Cost for the three sessions is $38, or $30 for Arts Center members. Materials are included.
For more information about classes offered at the Bonifas, or to sign up for the class, call 786-3833 or visit bonifasarts.org.