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McMinnville basketmakers to offer public demonstration
Master white oak basketmaker Sue Williams shows how to make the Cannon County Tie. She and Brenda Kucharski will be demonstrating their art March 14 in the Warren County Administrative Office lobby.
A master and apprentice team from the Tennessee Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program will be demonstrating white oak basketmaking on March 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Master white oak basketmaker Sue Williams of McMinnville, along with her apprentice Brenda Kucharski, have been invited to display and demonstrate their rare and endangered folk craft at Warren County Administrative Offices. Williams and Kucharski will be demonstrating in the lobby, accompanied by a documentary photograph exhibit of their work together and a basket display. Attendance to this special Tennessee Folklife demonstration is free and open to the public.Williams and Kucharski are one of eight teams funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Folklife Program to pass down rare and endangered traditional art forms and skills through this year’s inaugural Tennessee Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Pro-gram.Williams learned her art from legendary Cannon County basketmakers Estel and Gertie Youngblood and Mary Jane Prater starting in 1985.

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