BELFAST — The Arts in the Park Planning Committee has selected Dot Hutchins as the 2022 Artist of the Year. 

Hutchins 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. Hutchins 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 created more than 150 designs.

In 2002, she started Baskets by Dot to further share her love for the craft with others. In this, her 20th year in business, the committee congratulates Hutchins on her recognition and hopes you see her this summer at Arts in the Park. Hutchins has also been a special education teacher for 38 years.

Baskets by Dot is a member of the Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen as well as the Maine Crafts Association. See her work at basketsbydot.com.

Arts in the Park is a Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce and Belfast Parks & Recreation Department event. Special thanks to this year’s returning Platinum Event Sponsors: KSW Federal Credit Union and RE/MAX Jaret & Cohn Real Estate.

For more information, find Arts in the Park Belfast on Facebook, visit belfastmaine.org/arts-in-the-park or call 207-338-5900.