Marj Campbell, owner of Philippi's Mountain Treasures, will demonstrate basket making in the Philippi Public Library from 11 a.m. to noon this Saturday.
Campbell is the third guest artist in the library's new cultural programming, which was established as a result of a patron survey.
Campbell said she had never made a basket nor had she ever seen a basket made prior to taking basket classes in her shop from her daughter-in-law Molly Reichard, a former Barbour County West Virginia University extension agent. When Reichard was no longer able to teach the basket-making classes in Mountain Treasures, Campbell engaged guest teachers then decided to teach the classes herself.
Local basket maker Marj Campbell shows off a few of her handmade baskets in preparation for her basket-making demonstration session from 11 a.m. to noon this Saturday in the Philippi Public Library. Campbell’s demonstration will include sharing techniques and materials she has found helpful and successful. The local artist also will give away one small basket as a door prize at the end of Saturday’s session.
Campbell researched basketry techniques and new basket patterns, and she began designing baskets herself as she taught classes in her shop.
Mountain Treasures, on Main Street in Philippi, offers monthly basket classes. Many people take the classes and others come in outside of scheduled classes to make baskets.
In her demonstration Saturday, Campbell plans to show various materials and techniques and will make a small basket with the help of those attending. One of the attendees will take the basket home as a door prize.
Campbell and her husband, Olin, moved to Philippi from Long Island, N.Y., in 1995. A few years later, she opened her shop in Philippi.
For further information, anyone interested can call the Philippi Public Library at 304-457-3495.