Venetian Society of Basket Weavers is a group of friendly people with talents from beginner to expert. Here is a place where each member has access to presentations, classes and a vast library of books related to all aspects of basket weaving. Both the wild and tame areas surrounding the Florida city of Venice contain many natural materials that have been used in basket weaving for centuries. Palm inflourescence, philodendron sheaths, vines, palm fronds, pine needles and many other sources are abundant and renew themselves continually in the lush growing season. In the Venetian Society of Basket Weavers there are many styles used by the different members. From the strict standards of the Nantucket baskets to the wild abandon of naturals there is a style for everyone. And most of us are willing to try them all.
The purpose of the VSBW is to encourage proficiency and excellence with diverse fibers and forms, while sustaining our growing appreciation for the art of basket weaving; to promote basketry; to share knowledge of methods of weaving and to explore new ones.
We hope you will find these pages informative and motivating. We want to invite you to join our group and learn a new life skill. It's fun! Check us out.
Monthly meetings of the VSBW are held from October through May. The meetings are held on the third Thursday evening of each month at 6:00 pm at the Venice Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 597 Tamiami Trail South, Venice. Regular meetings consist of a brief business meeting followed by a featured speaker or hands on workshop. Informal meetings are announced in the monthly newsletter. There is a Holiday Party in December and a picnic in May!
2017 Dates: October 19 and November 16. No regular meeting in December. (December 9th - Celebration of Holiday Trees)
2018 Dates: January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in basketry who pays the required dues. Members receive the monthly newsletter and have access to the extensive VSBW library of books, periodicals, and magazines.
Click here for a copy of the Membership Application Form.
Dues are $30.00 for an individual and $35.00 for a family and are payable on January 1st of each year.
VSBW publishes a monthly newsletter with information concerning our local meetings, activities and exhibits. Locations and dates for State and National conferences, classes and workshops are listed. Many items of general interest about basketry are also included in this publication. VSBW exchanges newsletters with approximately 20 basketry organizations across the U.S.
For many years, the VSBW amassed a library with lots of instructional and inspirational coffee table books. Because of storage issues, the library is being disbanded and the books are being sold for $2 for hardcovers and $1 for paperbacks.
VSBW annually publishes for its members a membership booklet to be distributed to members after October 1st.