North Carolina Gourd Society

NCGS Presents The 78th Annual NC Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival

Saturday Nov. 9th, 2019 9am - 5pm & Sunday Nov. 10th, 2019 10am - 4pm

NC State Fairgrounds - Holshouser Bldg.

Admission $2 - NCGS and Kids under 16 free!


Class Registration: Online and mail-in registration will be from August 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019.
Walk-in Registration: Will be at the festival for classes that are not full.


Class registration is first come, first served. This year, students will be able to register and pay online using PayPal.
For any registration questions email the festival committee at ncgourdsociety@gmail.com.


Please note: You are not officially registered for a class until payment is received. Every effort will be made
to promptly indicate when a class is full. In the event that a student pays for a class that has just filled,
the money will be refunded, and that student will be notified by email. If classes do not meet
the minimum student requirement by October 1st, they may be canceled, the students notified
and the registration money refunded. If paying by check, please mail by September 30, 2019.


Sheryl Scott

I have been painting on gourds for 25 years with a break to raise my kids and even then I painted some as a hobby. I started back to working with gourds again in 2011 and gradually took over the family business. Now it is my full time occupation with help from my family.   We currently grow around 3 acres of gourds of all varieties and we try to add new ones each year. My husband, Tim, and I travel to around 12 gourd shows each year learning new things from others and trying to share what we have learned along the way. 

 

Festival classes:

Winter Glode Snow Man Saturday 8AM - 12PM

Thomas the Turkey Saturday 1PM - 5PM

Painted Barn on a Birdhouse Gourd Saturday 1PM - 5PM


Debbie Wilson

Retired Greenville County Art teacher; basket weaver and gourd artist for last 20 years. Likes to experiment with different materials. Teaches presently at several gourd and basket retreats and is an active member of The Upper SC Basket Makers Guild, Delores Von Rosen Basket Guild, SC Gourd Society, Travelers Rest Artist Alliance, American Gourd Society, The Wild Hare Gallery, Holly Springs School of Mountain Arts, Birchwood Gallery at Holly Springs and Henderson County Arts Council. Recently certified as a judge with the American Gourd Society,

I have juried into several local shows, including re Anderson Arts Center, Art On Main and The South Carolina Professional Fine Arts Show. I have taught at Furman University continuing education community classes and OLLI classes, NCBA, SC Weave- in Conventions, Weaving in the Sunshine State, The Hungry Drover monthly art classes, and private classes..

 

Festival classes:

Marble Dip with Sculpural Coiling Saturday 8AM - 12PM

Ginko Leaves with Coiled Center Sunday 9AM - 1PM

Fishy Fishy Saturday 1PM - 5PM

Bob Briscoe

 

Festival classes:

Thunder Drum Saturday 1PM - 5PM

 


Cara Bevan

Cara Bevan is a self-taught, professional artist who's been painting and sculpting since 2007. Growing up on an animal rescue farm and nature preserve gave Cara a deep respect for animals and nature. Her work focuses on creating life-like and whimsical animals made from gourds, clay, and other mixed materials. She was introduced to gourd art from her grandmother, Yvonne "Sam" Spinks, who grew many of the gourds she used in rural North Carolina. No detail is spared when it comes to Cara Bevan's appreciation of nature through art.

Festival classes:

Fanciful Gourd Fish Saturday 8AM - 12PM

All in the Details Sunday 10AM - 12PM


Sherry Briscoe

I have been crafting gourds since 2002; and my husband, Bob joined me in that endeavor a couple of years later.  Shortly after that some of the gourd folks we met on the gourd trail convinced me that I should teach at the festivals.  That is when we embarked on this wonderful adventure. Suddenly we were traveling all over the country teaching, vending, and demonstrating! 


I am often asked what my favorite gourd-crafting technique is. - How can I mention just one?  I love wood burning, painting, coiling, tenerife. Oh my. I can’t forget kumihimo, weaving, lacing, and carving, too!  There is just no limit to what you can do on a gourd, and I’m committed to trying them all!  


I love teaching other gourd-lovers new techniques; and watching their faces when they complete their very own project.

 

 

 

Robyn Goode

I am a self-taught artist and enjoy using a wide variety of mediums. I have painted wooden folk art, ceramics, murals, furniture, clothing and just about everything else. I was introduced to gourds in 1996 and have been creating gourd art ever since using my own designs. I like their organic nature and that they take readily to many different decorative techniques.

I have exhibited in several local (Louisville, KY) galleries and currently sell at local art fairs. I have taught gourd art classes at the Kentucky and Indiana state gourd shows, and at the Cherokee Gourd Gathering in North Carolina. I was one of the first in Kentucky to be certified as an American Gourd Society Master Judge.

Several of my gourds have been published in gourd art books and in Art Doll Magazine.

 

Festival classes:

Teapot Crush Saturday 1PM - 5PM

Dance with Me Sunday 1PM - 4PM

 


Linda Kincaid

I'm a member & the treasurer of the SCGS. I have been working on gourds for about 10 years. I am a self-taught wood burner, having started woodburning in Jan. of 2000. I taught wood burning classes at Michaels for 5 years in Orlando & 3 years in Columbia. I am a member of the Cypress Gourd Patch, & a member of The American Gourd Society. I am a Certified gourd art competition judge for the American Gourd Society. I have won awards in 5 member shows for wood burning on gourds or birch plywood for the Camden Art Association. I have won many awards at the SC State Fair in the Home & Crafts Division for wood burning/ painting on gourds & wood-burning/painting pictures on birch plywood. I am always learning new ways to work on gourds & wood burning techniques. I also teach classes & do demos as often as I can. 

 

Festival classes:

Dogwoods in Bloom Saturday 1PM - 5PM

Basics of Woodburning Saturday 1PM - 5PM


Susan Pekala

Susan Pekala is a retired Biology Teacher who got her start as a gourd artist in
Pennsylvania in 2006.  She has won awards at the state level and her work has
been shown in several galleries in both PA and NC.  She has previously taught
classes in PA, and VA.   She was active as a board member for the PA Gourd
Society for many years before moving to North Carolina in August of 2018.  She
has recently become a certified judge for the AGS and looks forward to traveling
and offering her services around the country.

 

Festival classes:

Steam Punk Jewelry Saturday 9AM - 11AM

Steam Punk Demi-god Saturday 1PM - 5PM

 

Suzi Nonn

Susan (Suzi) Nonn, artisan and author, has worked with gourds for more than twenty years, and through her classes and coaching, encourages others to try gourd crafting. Suzi teaches gourd workshops at gourd festivals across the United States. Nonn is also the author of Cut-Out Gourd Techniques, a book written to help gourd artists to improve their skills with the mini-saw. Her second book, Gourd Lights: How to Make 9 Beautiful Lamp and Lantern Projects was released in fall 2017. When not teaching, she can be found in her studio/garage enhancing gourds.

 

Festival classes:

Acrylic Skins Saturday 9AM - 12PM

Versatile Seagrass Saturday 1PM - 5PM

Exploring Vinyl and Color Sunday 9AM - 12PM

 


Jennifer Lex Wojnar

Jennifer Lex Wojnar grew up in Lincoln University as an art lover. In high school, she spent her weekends taking classes at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, focusing on Metals and Photography. After several years of working in the jewelry industry, she returned to scenic Chester County to start a family. For several years now, she has focused on creating art that captures the beauty of Chester County. She works in Acrylics and Alcohol Ink which gives a dream-like quality to her pieces. She uses both medias to create beautiful and whimsical gourd art pieces. You can find a list of the local locations where she teaches alcohol ink and the gourd festival class on her website, www.JenniferLexWojnar.com

 

Festival classes:

Mushroom Birdhouse Saturday 9AM - 12PM

Whimsical Gourd Jewelry Sunday 9AM - 12PM

 


Jan Banta-Briseno

I am a self-taught artist and enjoy using a wide variety of mediums. I have painted wooden folk art, ceramics, murals, furniture, clothing and just about everything else. I was introduced to gourds in 1996 and have been creating gourd art ever since using my own designs. I like their organic nature and that they take readily to many different decorative techniques. I have exhibited in several local (Louisville, KY) galleries and currently sell at local art fairs. I have taught gourd art classes at the Kentucky and Indiana state gourd shows, and at the Cherokee Gourd Gathering in North Carolina. I was one of the first in Kentucky to be certified as an American Gourd Society Master Judge. Several of my gourds have been published in gourd art books and in Art Doll Magazine.

Festival classes:

Butterfly Bowl Saturday 8AM - 12PM

Blue Flowers with Cutwork Saturday 1PM - 5PM

Butterfly Bowl Sunday 8AM - 12PM

Blue Flowers with Cutwork Sunday 1PM - 5PM


Dee Bryant

Gatlinburg Gourds Gatlinburg Tn Juried Shows Wears Valley Festival Arrowmont Craft Festival Great Smoky Mountain Craft Guild Show Retired teacher Master Art Ed. Gourd classes : Cherokee Gourd Festival I started crafting gourds about 7 years ago and fell in love with the medium. I love the variety of techniques one can use and I never tire of trying new things. As much as I love carving, burning and other techniques though, I think my niche is in sculpting. I enjoy making spirit animals and other figures with gourds. Apoxy sculpt Is my sculpting medium of choice. I enjoy teaching others my techniques as well. I have work in local galleries, and I participate in our local craft fairs every year in Gatlinburg.

Festival classes:

 

 

Diane Frankenfield

Diane has been weaving baskets for 27 years. She crossed over to the “gourd side” 7 years ago, after looking for another type of “base” to weave on. She has been working with gourds for the past 7 years and enjoys the many things that can be created with gourds. Diane is an experienced teacher, she has taught quilting for 19 years, basking making for 9 years and gourd art for 6 years.

Festival classes:

Whimsical Christmas Tree Saturday 8AM -12PM

Dot on a Birdhouse Saturday 1PM- 5PM

Kaleidoscope Gourd Sunday 10AM -12PM

Gourd Tree of Life Sunday 12PM- 4PM