"Art with a Purpose: Brown County Baskets"
The Bohall and Hovis families of Brown County wove their distinctive white oak baskets for neighbors and friends to carry corn and other necessities of life. By the 1920's, the early basket weavers were discovered by tourists who snapped up the baskets for souvenirs, creating a new cottage industry. They are now highly prized by collectors.
The story of the basket weavers will be told in a special exhibit at the Brown County Art Gallery with the support of our partners; Mather's Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington and professor Dr. Jon Kay, Director of Traditional Arts.
Dr. Kay will present a program about the baskets and their makers on Saturday, August 5th at 2 pm at the Art Gallery. Please join us for this fascinating presentation on another part of Brown County's artistic history which features baskets, early photographs, and artifacts.| Refreshments will follow, free to the public.