SAVE THE DATES
We have great news about classes in September. We want you to save the dates and save your nickels and dimes—you won’t want to miss these classes! Lots of information will be coming.
Teachers: Vickie Echols and Robin Bryson
When: September 20, 21, 22 and 23, 2018
Where: At Liz Meyer’s studio/shop
Class Organizer: Corlis Kent
Vickie Echols fell in love with gourds when she went to her first gourd festival in 2000. She was so inspired by what she saw that it has become her passion and full-time business. She is an award winning artist and instructor who enjoys her travels, to gourd festivals and basket guilds as well as private classes, around the U.S. Vickie describes her work as "Enhancing Nature". Vickie started teaching pine needle coiling on gourds and has been enjoying it for 18 years. Vickie took up pottery during high school and feels this has inspired her pine needle basketry. She uses stones, pine cones, beads, shells, driftwood and botanicals to incorporate into her distinctive baskets.
Talented Robin Bryson loved to draw when young and continued through college. She was introduced to gourds in 1998 and fell in love with the non-conventional canvas. Robin is self-taught in wood burning, carving, ink dye, alcohol ink, pen & ink and more recently Apoxie Sculpt. She has been teaching since 2015. She embraces each gourd as a challenge, with size, shape, and markings enhancing the design.
Picnic June 9th, 11:00 AM
Lakeview Maple Grove Shelter, East Side of 16th, Near the BMX track and Railroad tracks
You bring a dish to share and your beverage.
IDGS brings fresh cooked chicken.
(no alcohol allowed in park)
Gourd theme contest--“Great Galloping Gourds”
Official Contest Rules for the 2018 Gourd Crafting Contest.
You must be a current member of the Idaho Gourd Society to enter. Use any gourd of your choice. Size and shape does not matter. The theme for this year’s contest is " Great Galloping Gourds."
Only one gourd per member can be entered in this contest and must be the sole work of the person entering. Any technique may be used on your entry.
Judging will take place at our annual membership picnic held on June 9, 2018. If you are unable to attend, you can designate another member to bring your entry to be judged. Judging will be done by all members and their guests attending the picnic.
The winner of the 2018 Gourd Crafting contest will receive a paid Idaho Gourd Society membership for 2019. Duplicate awards will be awarded in the clear case of a tie. "
Our monthly Woodcraft meeting begins with social Time from 10 to 10:30 followed by Wheel of Goodies, announcements and show & tell. There will be a discussion & demonstration (free) by an experienced Woodcraft employee who will show and tell products, tools, etc. that are useful to 'gourders'.
The Idaho Artistry in Wood (and gourds) is celebrating its 10th anniversary with this show and it is also hosted by IDGS this year. Admission: $4 (over 12). Location: 5th floor of JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle St., Boise. Shows hours: Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM, Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM.
Click here for parking information.
The IAW Prospectus and the IAW Banquet Reservation form is on the download page. The banquet is Saturday evening on the 6th floor.
Social Time from 10 to 10:30 followed by announcements, Wheel of Goodies, show & tell and class by Barb Gamel making Dream Catchers (see below).
IMPORTANT Pre-register your gourds before the 10th with Patricia McRae. Then, bring your gourds today to have them delivered to JUMP for you. This is a courtesy to our members--thank you Marlies, Patricia, Donna. Please carefully pack your gourds into a lidded box or container with your name written in a visible place.
Pre-register at $3 per entry for members. Download the IAW prospectus (last page is the entry form). You can pay cash or check (payable to Idaho Artistry in Wood). Any questions contact Marlies Schmitt or Patricia McRae.
REMINDER: Submit your idea for the 2018 festival theme to Gladys at email@example.com by MARCH 31.
Dream Catcher class
Bring cleaned finished gourd with holes drilled 1/2 inch from edge. You need an even number of holes. At starting point you want a 2nd hole very close to the first one, top bottom don't matter. Bring a needle big enough to go through the hole with thread. I will furnish thread, white, red,brown, dark green, black, rust, sinew. Beads, feathers and a few other adornments that can be used if you like.