By Amy Berg, Staff Writer
Being introduced to basket weaving ten years ago, rural Morganite Patricia “Trisch” Beilke has taken her hobby to the next level.
“I don’t think of it as work,” Beilke said with a smile. “I think of it as play.”
Beilke was recently announced as a recipient of a Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council (PLRAC) Emerging Artist grant. This is the second time she has received this grant.
The grant is a total of $1,000 and Beilke will use it to attend the National Basketry Organization’s Biennial Conference. This year, the conference happens to take place in Minnesota at Macalester College in St. Paul in July.
“I was planning on applying for the grant but wasn’t quite sure what I would propose to do with it,” she said.
Then she saw that the conference, which is held every other year in various places throughout the United States, was going to be in Minnesota.
“I got lucky!” she said with a chuckle.
In describing her projects, Beilke first described people’s varied reactions to her works at events or shows.
Some people will look at her baskets and exclaim: “This is so beautiful, but what would I do with it? What would I put in it?”
To that, Beilke said she responds, “Do you have flowers in every vase in your house?”
“I don’t usually put things in my baskets,” Beilke said. “Then it becomes a simple container. The focus turns into what’s inside the basket.”
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