Transcending Traditions Exhibit Reception

The Abbe is excited to share with our guests a wonderful exhibit that has traveled to us from the Hudson Museum. Transcending Traditions: The Next Generation and Maine Indian Basketry features five contemporary Maine Indian basketmakers who represent the next generation: Jeremy Frey, Ganessa Bryant, Sarah Sockbeson, George Neptune and Eric “Otter” Bacon. Please join us for a special reception to celebrate this exhibit on Friday, July 6 from 4:00-6:00 PM.  The reception is free and open to the public, and will take place at the Downtown Abbe Museum, 26 Mount Desert Street.

Each of these artists was commissioned to create a masterwork for the exhibit section that showcases their work. This piece along with other baskets made by the artist from private and institutional collections traces how his or her work has evolved. Each exhibit section also features a basket made by the person who taught them how to make baskets. Transcending Traditions explores the new directions that these innovative artists are taking the tradition in the face of environmental and economic challenges.

This exhibit was created as a collaboration between the Hudson Museum and the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, and is supported by the National Museum of American Indian’s Indigenous Contemporary Art Program.

Click here to visit the online catalog for the exhibit. 

Here are some images from this beautiful exhibit:

Eric Otter Bacon

Jeremy Frey

Jeremy Frey

Sarah Sockbeson

Ganessa Bryant

George Neptune