Barbara Sox basketry at Hands Gallery

Article Published: Feb. 27 | Modified: Feb. 27
Barbara Sox basketry at Hands Gallery

A free-form basket by Barbara Sox is one of many examples of the artist’s work being spotlighted at Hands Gallery in March.

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From March 7 to 20, Hands Gallery will spotlight the works of basket-maker Barbara Chapman Sox.

Sox began making baskets in the early 1980s and attended the Penland School of Crafts in the summer of 1985. She became a member of Hands Gallery in 1991.

Throughout the years, she continued to study basketry with several nationally known basket-makers and has taken her study of basketry even further by pursuing a bachelor of science degree at Appalachian State University in technology with a concentration in crafts.

Sox said she likes to take the techniques she has learned and combine them with various materials to make unique, one-of-a-kind baskets. As a result, Sox’s baskets are both traditional and contemporary and functional and decorative. She includes a large variety of materials, such as paper, bark, shells, honeysuckle, sticks, beads and, of course, basketry reed.

Recently, Sox has created a series of baskets using painted paper. The theme of these paper baskets is “It’s all black and white, with color added,” she said.

Hands Gallery and its many members will celebrate Sox and her basketry during downtown Boone’s First Friday Art Crawl March 7.

Hands Gallery is located at 543 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 262-1970, or visit

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