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  • Local artist earn accolades at Branson showcase

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  • The Made in Missouri Exhibit at Silver Dollar City in Branson is a juried showcase featuring some of the finest work created by the juried artists from The Best of Missouri Hands (BOMH). More than 30 artists from throughout Missouri were selected to exhibit their work at the showcase. Local BOMH Juried Artist, Artha Labath of Lake Ozark, learned that her entry, a hand-woven double walled Cherokee picnic basket, was presented with the Herschend Family, 2nd Place, Award of Merit in the category of 3D.
    Martha Greer, Executive Director of BOMH said, “To win an award for this exhibit is something to be very proud of. To be awarded a prize, indicates exceptional artistry, creativity and skill. Artha’s baskets exhibit that high standard.”
    “I was surprised and proud to win an award of merit for 3 D two years in a row — last year first and this year second — both baskets were of my own design,” Labath said.
    Labath began weaving baskets in 1994 as a creative outlet and has steadily developed her skill and artistry ever since. The first time she tried her hand at the craft she remembered, “I made a rather ugly basket. But I knew I had found a passion. I came home with an ugly basket, a basket kit with a pattern and a phone number to order books and materials. The rest is history.”
    Many of her baskets are from basic patterns which she changes into her own creative originals. They are all shaped free hand, so no two are alike.
    Labath’s original works are available for purchase, and anyone interested in owning one of her baskets or learning more about her work can contact her at abaskt4u@yahoo.com
    The Best of Missouri Hands Made in Missouri Exhibit is on display at Silver Dollar City until Oct. 27.
    The Best of Missouri Hands, a state wide nonprofit, is dedicated to the development and recognition of Missouri’s artists and artisans through education, interaction, and encouragement. BOMH strives to raise public awareness and interest in the handmade visual arts in Missouri.
    BOMH currently has more than 400 members representative of a wide variety of mediums and from diverse areas of the state. General membership is open to anyone including artists, the general public, arts educators, arts advocates, businesses and organizations. Juried artist membership status is achieved through a jury review process. The organization is supported by membership fees, donations, and funding from the Missouri Arts Council. Visit www.bestofmissourihands.org to learn more.

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