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 email@example.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.
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.
Winter Glode Snow Man Saturday 8AM - 12PM
Thomas the Turkey Saturday 1PM - 5PM
Painted Barn on a Birdhouse Gourd Saturday 1PM - 5PM
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..
Marble Dip with Sculpural Coiling Saturday 8AM - 12PM
Ginko Leaves with Coiled Center Sunday 9AM - 1PM
Fishy Fishy Saturday 1PM - 5PM
Thunder Drum Saturday 1PM - 5PM
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.
Fanciful Gourd Fish Saturday 8AM - 12PM
All in the Details Sunday 10AM - 12PM
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.
Tatanka Saturday 9AM - 12PM
Oil Lamp Sunday 9AM - 12PM
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.
Teapot Crush Saturday 1PM - 5PM
Dance with Me Sunday 1PM - 4PM
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.
Dogwoods in Bloom Saturday 1PM - 5PM
Basics of Woodburning Saturday 1PM - 5PM
I have always been an Artsy-Craftsy type of person, but my love of creating Art with gourds went undiscovered until I attended the annual Show-Me-Gourd Society several years ago. I quickly fell in love with Gourd Art and have pursued it ever since.
Completely by chance I met Gourd Artist and Instructor “Joyce Campbell” and for a year and a half I took classes from Joyce every week. I developed my own style and took over teaching in Joyce’s place after she moved back to California. I taught classes at the Gallery and then started teaching out of my own studio next to my home.
After moving to Russellville, AR and with the help of my husband “Leroy” I started an online store and also became a Vendor at many Gourd Festivals. My sister “Marsha” has been an enormous help to us both as we continue on this “Gourd Path”. It’s very hard to describe the love that “Gourd People” have for each other and the kindness and generosity that they show to everyone. I started teaching this year at the festivals that we are attending and find that I really enjoy it and like to share my knowledge with others. We certainly love what we do and the camaraderie that we get to share with other, like minded “Gourders”.
I’ve been a member of the American Gourd Society, the Missouri Gourd Society, and the Texas Gourd Society for several years. I also belong to the Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Alabama Societies now. I’ve held several positions within the Missouri Gourd Society and am currently the Contributing Editor to the “ Product and Techniques” section of the American Gourd Society magazine. I am also on the design team for “Proxxon Tools” and “Creative Paperclay” and publish tutorials using their products online every month.
Vinly Resist Saturday 1PM - 5PM
Vinly Resist Sunday 12PM - 4PM
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.
Acrylic Skins Saturday 9AM - 12PM
Versatile Seagrass Saturday 1PM - 5PM
Exploring Vinyl and Color Sunday 9AM - 12PM
Although my childhood friends and i would make simple musical instruments (nail keg drums, cigar box guitars, kazoos, and such) for our amusement, it wasn't until early adulthood that i began crafting instruments, both African and African-derived, the techniques having been learned through observation and informal study in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to crafting instruments for sale, i also give periodic lecture-demonstrations of instruments and facilitate instrument-making workshops in Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and beyond.
Netted Gourd Rattle (Axatse) Saturday 11AM - 12PM, & 1PM - 4PM
Gourd Scraper/Rasp (Guiro) Sunday 9AM - 12PM
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.
Steam Punk Jewelry Saturday 9AM - 11AM
Steam Punk Demi-god Saturday 1PM - 5PM
Gourd Earings Sunday 10AM - 12PM
Jellyfish Sunday 1PM - 4PM
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
Mushroom Birdhouse Saturday 9AM - 12PM
Whimsical Gourd Jewelry Sunday 9AM - 12PM
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.
Butterfly Bowl Saturday 8AM - 12PM
Blue Flowers with Cutwork Saturday 1PM - 5PM
Butterfly Bowl Sunday 8AM - 12PM
Blue Flowers with Cutwork Sunday 1PM - 5PM
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.
Spirit Bear Saturday & Sunday 1PM - 3PM
Carved Kokopelli Saturday & Sunday 9AM- 11AM
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.
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