Geo Neptune is the grandson of National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow award winner, Molly Neptune Parker. Geo Neptune is one of the rising young stars of Maine Indian basketry. Raised by his Grandmother Molly on the Passamaquoddy Reserve in Indian Township, Maine which lies along on the Canadian border/St.Croix River. Geo made his first basket at age 4.
Pam outdusis Cunningham was one of the very few young basketmakers working in the 1990's. At that time most thought Maine Indian basketry to be a dying art. Pam's successes, enthusiasm and willingness to teach and share her talents went a long way to keeping this art alive, ensuring a younger generation would learn basketry and to making Maine Indian basketry the respected craft it now is. Pam has always woven technically excellent baskets, enjoyed reproducing older basket forms as well as trying new shapes, colors and styles of her own inventions.
Ganessa, Penobscot basketmaker, is best known for her amazing miniature point curl baskets and her creative use of color.
Otter was raised in the Indian Township area of the Passamaquoddy Reservation. His work combines traditional Passamaquoddy motifs with his own innovative style and sometimes with a style from another Native American tribe.
Clara Neptune Keezer, 2002 NEA National Heritage Fellow
Jeremy Frey, Passamaquoddy, is a young basketmaker whose list of awards and honors is impressive. Most recent, 2011 "Best in Show" at both the SWIA Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair.
Sarah Sockbeson, Penobscot basketmaker calls this little beauty a "baby urchin" basket. Sea urchins can be found nearly everywhere on the coast of Maine and it is a form of basket made by Sarah's ancestors for over 125 years.
My friend Clara Keezer, honored Passamaquoddy basketmaker, passed away August 2nd, 2016 at the age of 86. Clara Keezer was humble, kind, generous and very hardworking. I miss her as does her family and community.
This basket by Sarah Sockbeson, Penobscot has eluded my attempts to accurately describe it. It is as etherial as it's maker, delicate of design, colors that seem to be more and less intense with your angle of view, a shape that is almost a straight sided round "drum" basket - and yet... there is a slight bulge at the middle of the basket.
My friend Clara Keezer passed away in 2016. I loved visiting her, buying her work, sharing a good laugh. I am parting with a few more of her baskets that I purchased from her over the years. There are many I can't bear to part with. (and I have purchased a few of her works from the 1990's from a down-sizing collector)
This basket shows Clara's love of bright and strong color.