NANTUCKET LIGHTSHIP BASKET MUSEUM OPENS 2020 Virtual Exhibit
Weaving in Isolation, Creating Art During Times Apart
Nantucket, MA., May 1, 2019 – The Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum www.nantucketlightshipbasketmuseum.org, presents its 20th year of exhibiting antique and contemporary baskets. Our 2020 exhibit, available to view virtually, explores the different ways that weaving can be a therapeutic outlet during isolation; from being isolated at sea on a lightship, isolated in a spaceship orbiting Earth, to today’s quarantine from COVID-19.
The link to this virtual exhibit is here: https://lingar.com/nlbm/
In addition to works by local weavers, this exhibit features examples of lightship baskets that have been woven in space and on the historic Nantucket lightships during the 19th century.
“It is incredible to see the stunning art that has come out of these times of fearful quarantine,” said Allison Levy, Museum Deputy Director. “This exhibit is designed to showcase how even in times of isolation and facing the unknown, weaving can be a positive outlet that produces such beautiful art that inspires wonder and joy to people of all ages.
In addition to the exhibit, which changes annually, the museum now has a brand-new online gift shop, with curbside pickup available. About the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum - The Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the awareness and appreciation of lightship baskets and their makers, by educating and engaging the public about the complexity of this art form
unique to Nantucket and placing it within a broader context of related crafts. The museum is dedicated to
preserving Nantucket’s rich history of basket making by exhibiting historic and contemporary baskets, providing a permanent home for lightship baskets, supporting scholarship of this art form, and encouraging and mentoring new generations of lightship basket makers.
For media inquiries please contact:
Allison Levy, Director
Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum
49 Union Street
Nantucket, MA 02554