Welcome to my blog! I was recently awarded an Individual Artist Career Grant by the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council to explore and create new, large works. My daughter suggested that I should use my love for journaling and create a blog to document this journey - hence "Baskets by Janet." I will use this to record my successes - and failures - along the way.


Janet L. Olney

509 Third St SE
Willmar, MN 56201
 (320) 231-0030

Alma College / Alma, MI
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Cum Laude, 1968

 1996 – Solo Show Barn Theatre / Willmar, MN
 2002 – Solo Show Barn Theatre / Willmar, MN
 2011 – Solo Show Carnegie Cultural Center / Luverne, MN
 2011 – Solo Show Barn Theatre / Willmar, MN
 2011 – Artist of the Month and solo show / Kaleidoscope Gallery, New London, MN
 2011 – Marshall Area Fine Arts Gallery /Marshall, MN
 2011 – current, represented by Abode Gallery in Stockholm, WI

1992 – Best of Show - Macalester College Highland Festival / Minneapolis, MN
1992 – Authored chapter on Shaker Cheese Baskets for Lynn Siler’s Handmade Baskets
  1996 – Fibre Award -Powderhorn Park Art Fair / Minneapolis, MN
  1996 – Fibre Award – Stone Arch Festival/Minneapolis, MN
  1998 – Second Place – Park Point Art Fair / Duluth, MN
  2002 – Second Place – ArtFalls / Sioux Falls, SD
  2005 – First Place - Art Walk  / Waverly, IA
  2006 – Best 3D - Grand Cities Art Fair  / Grand Forks, ND
  2006 – Fibre Award – Stone Arch Festival  / Minneapolis, MN
  1998, 2005, 2010 – Best 3D – Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!  / Willmar, MN
  2009 – Best 3D and Patron Purchase - Art Rocks / Luverne. MN
  2009 – Featured on Pioneer Public Television’s “Postcards” program.
  2011 – Awarded Individual Artist Development Grant by the Southwest MN Arts and Humanities Council
  2012 – Awarded Individual Artist Career Grant by the Southwest MN Arts and Humanities Council

1984-Current:  Baskets, Ltd. – Handmade Baskets by Janet L. Olney 
I create original art baskets and sell my work at art fairs throughout the upper Midwest and through select galleries. 

2010-Current:  Kaleidoscope – An Artists’ Gallery / New London, MN
Founding Member / Treasurer

2008-Current:  Willmar Area Arts Council / Willmar, MN
Program Coordinator

  1985-Current:  Basket Weaving Instructor / Mentor 
·       Milan Village Art School
·       Headwaters Basket Makers Guild Annual Retreat [12 years]
·       Basket Weavers Guild of Minnesota
·       Faribault Art Center
·       Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, IA
·       Private Instruction

1987-1996:  Mill Pond Mercantile, Artist Cooperative / New London, MN.
Founding Member / President / Secretary / Treasurer

President of the Willmar Area Arts Council
Spearheaded several additions to our mission, including improving the exhibit capacity of our gallery space and creating a website with an online artist registry and calendar.

Chair of the Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! Planning Committee

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