Laurium basket maker featured at art show, by Linden W. Dahlstrom

Dolly Luoma is an artist who works in fiber, rattan, birch bark and grass. Dolly Luoma makes baskets. She makes baskets that are functional, arty, decorative, expressive; she makes great ones, small ones, lean ones, brawny ones, brown ones, black ones, gray ones, tawny ones.
Selected as this year’s Featured Artist by the Copper Country Associated Artists (CCAA), Dolly Luoma will show her art at the forty-sixth annual Fine Art Fair and Exhibit on August 12 and 13 on the shore of Lake Superior in Eagle Harbor.
Born and raised in Laurium, where she lives with spouse, Dr. Jerry Luoma, Dolly has been making baskets for at least twenty-five years, “’cause I love it! You can find yourself in basketry,” she said.
Designing birdhouses and English roosting pockets for birds that winter here is a recent project in her well equipped studio/shop containing bins and bins of materials.
“If it bends, it can become a basket,” she said.
A CCAA member, she will demonstrate her use of the forms, shapes and intrinsic colors in nature on both Saturday and Sunday.
The annual event combines an exhibit of recent work by the members of the Copper Country Associated Artists (CCAA) and, by invitation, an open air fair of fine art and fine craft from more than fifty artists from above and below the bridge.
Each piece exhibited is original and presented by the artist who designed and produced it. The work includes watercolor and oil paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, quilting, fiber, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, silver, iron, copper, stone, wood, bark, computer assisted prints and other materials.
Of special interest are the many demonstrations of the technical and philosophic aspects of the work on display.
A major event for Eagle Harbor, several local organizations will offer food and beverage services, a bake sale, an all-township yard sale and all of the Keweenaw County Historical sites will be open. The event takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. A handicap accessible restroom is available.
Copper Country Associated Artists maintain an art center in Calumet and offer workshops and a gallery of members work. E-mail or visit for details.
—Linden W. Dahlstrom

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