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Christine Okerlund

Decorated Birch Bark Baskets
Wittenberg, WI

Christine OkerlundChristine Okerlund is an outstanding maker of birch bark baskets that she edges in sweet grass and embroiders with porcupine quills. Her quill work of traditional Ojibwe floral and geometric motifs often completely covers the baskets’ lids. Christine’s programs include lectures, exhibits, or hands-on classes.

Program Formats

A general presentation

An introductory workshop

An in-depth workshop

A residency

A performance

Best for Ages

Early elementary
Grades K-2, ages 5-7

Upper elementary
Grades 3-5, ages 8-10

Middle school
Grades 6-8, ages 11-13

*High school—preferred age to work with
Grades 9-12, ages 14-18

*Adults, ages 18 and up—preferred age to work with

Mixed audiences of any age

Costs

Artist fee:

$200 (negotiable)

Expenses:

mileage

Planning fee:

$150 for involved project

Program Needs:
VCR, slide projector, display and/or work tables

Availability:
No restrictions

Past Venues:

  • Portage County Cultural Party, Stevens Point, WI 2004
  • Crandon Middle School, 1999
  • Marathon County Historical Society Logjam, 1999
  • Wisconsin Folk Art Sesquicentennial Exhibit, 1998
  • State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison (piece in the permanent collection)
  • Wisconsin Folklife Festival, Madison, 1998
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington D.C., 1998
  • Master Artist in the Wisconsin Arts Board's Traditional Native Arts Apprenticeship program, 2002-03

Contact:
Christine Okerlund
W18149 Wittenberg-Birnamwood Townline Road
Wittenberg, WI  54499
715-216-8798

last updated: 02/10/2009   

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