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Artist of the month at Two Rivers Gallery in Chiloquin

by Joan Rowe

Carolyn Blackmon is multi-talented, creating her own concept of corn dolls, to woven pine-needle baskets and beaded bags. The corn dolls are inticate and exquisite, and the pine-needle baskets incorporate jade, shells, buttons….  The beaded bags are based on old turn of the century beaded sewing notion purses.

Her display at Two Rivers Gallery this July is truly worth a trip to Chiloquin.

Corn doll, Carolyn Blackmon, Two Rivers Gallery

Beaded purse, Carolyn Blackmon, Two Rivers Gallery

Carolyn has said: If I was forced to label myself, I believe folk artist or craftswoman would be the best description. Many, many people have shared their skills and artistry with me over the years. From these skills I have developed my own style, mixing old with new, function with beauty; pine needle baskets with Chinese carved jade inserts, antique crystal beads on bags and hanging pincushions, old style necklaces and robes on Indian Corn, small twined bags and baskets. I feel honored to be the July artist of the month and extend an invitation to all of you to visit our beautiful Two Rivers Gallery with its talented, gifted, artists whenever you can.

Pine needle basket, Carolyn Blackmon, Two Rivers Gallery in Chiloquin

You will find Two Rivers Gallery in the town of  Chiloquin at 140 South 1st St, in the Chiloquin Community Center. The gallery is non-profit, fully volunteer operated, and open everyday in the summer.

Two Rivers Gallery in Chiloquin, Oregon

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