Meet Janice McElroy
In 2012 I took a class in making pine needle baskets. The class was from 9am to 4pm and we were told we would complete a basket. I imagined a good size basket, large enough to hold fruit. My basket was 2”x3” and I had bruised fingers and a broken thumb nail! That started it and since then I have been self-taught. I soon discovered I could use a gourd for a base and sew pine needles onto the gourd getting a much larger basket. The possibilities are unlimited. My love of nature and travel have added extra dimensions to my obsession with gourds. Wherever I go I pick up sticks, stones, fungi, flowers, shells and almost anything that I can use to embellish my creations.
About 5 years ago I started doing some local art shows. Much to my surprise my sales were good, and I even won some awards. In 2017 I retired from a long career in Real Estate. I started applying to more art shows and with more time was able to travel further. I really enjoy the people contact at art shows and festivals. Since most shows have been cancelled due to the Covid virus I am excited to participate in the Artisans on Fifth art gallery.
Award of Merit, Halifax Art Festival, 2019
Merit Award, Leesburg Art Festival, 2019
Award of Excellence, Deland Fall Festival of the Arts, 2016