2022 Artist of the Year

Dot Hutchins, Baskets by Dot

The Arts in the Park Planning Committee is happy to announce that they have selected Dot Hutchins as the 2022 Artist of the Year.

Dot hails from Vassalboro and has been participating in Arts in the Park for nearly a decade with her beautiful hand-woven baskets. She began basket weaving in 1991 after taking an adult education class and she hasn’t stopped since, weaving quality and tradition into every piece. Dot makes baskets big and small, with and without handles, some for daily use and others for decoration. Other mediums are occasionally included, such as driftwood handles, pottery handles and bases, wood bases, and maple curls. They are all made from reeds of the rattan vine. She has over 150 designs available!

In 2002, she started ‘Baskets by Dot’ to further share her love for the craft with others. In her 20th year in business, we are again happy to congratulate Dot on her recognition and hope you see her this summer at Arts in the Park!

Another great accomplishment to share is that Dot had been a special education teacher for 38 years! Kudos to you Dot!!

Baskets by Dot is a member of the Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen as well as the Maine Crafts Association.