Western Art Collector

National Museum of Wildlife Art


www.wildlifear­t.org 2820 Rungius Road, Jackson, WY 83001, (307) 733-5771 “Collectors will not find comparable baskets anywhere. Diane [Witcher]’s expert weaving technique and artistic eye for the perfect wild materials to incorporat­e into her designs make each basket a one-of-a-kind work of art. Her baskets reflect the beauty of the rugged Wyoming country,” says Debbie Vassar of the National Museum of Wildlife Art. “I weave reed, locally gathered willows and other natural materials, such as coconut, cane and grass fiber,” Witcher says of her process. “I dye the reeds into different colors to provide even more variety in my original, unique basket designs. Through the years I have become more keen on choosing the time of year and what kind of willows to gather for the most color to incorporat­e into my baskets. When outdoors, I’m always on the lookout for anything natural to weave into my baskets.”

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