TEXAS GOURD SOCIETY

Executive Board

01 Shelia Guidry President

 

President

Shelia Guidry

I began painting several years ago and joined the Society for Decorative Painters. It was at one of their meetings that I was asked if I wanted to go to a gourd society meeting. I had painted on gourds but did not know there was a gourd society. I discovered you can not only paint on gourds, you can carve them, wood burn, weave, inlay, or anything else you can think of. That was for me! I was hooked!

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Don Sharp

 

Vice President

Don Sharp

 

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Joanne Tompkins

Secretary

JoAnne Tompkins

 In 2009, I happened to read Gourd Craft by Ginger Summit and Jim Widess and I was smitten with gourds. They are so earthy and close to nature. There accept so many techniques that the only limit to what you can do with them artistically is your own imagination. I have been a member of the Texas Gourd Society and the Southeast Texas patch for five years. The enthusiasm and willingness to share ideas of members is amazing and there is no end of talent to share.

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04 Blanche Cavarretta Treasurer

Treasurer/Membership

Blanche Cavarretta

My interest in gourd art started when I retired and watched Roy do his gourd art and decided to try pyrography.   I began selling my work at local Art and Craft shows and am now in two galleries.  I entered my first TGS competition in 2014.  Roy and I are active promoters of the art form ad give frequent demonstrations to school children, associations and garden clubs.

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06 Suzanne Haffey IPP

Immediate Past President

Suzanne Haffey

I have been obsessed with gourds for about 8 years.  They are such a fun medium that lends itself to carving, pyrography, embellishing with clay and painting.  I particularly like the mini Chinese bottle gourds.   I am a member of the America Gourd Society, the Texas Gourd Society, and the Capital of Texas Gourd Patch.

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cheryl trotter

Director

Cheryl Trotter

Cheryl Trotter has been crafting art gourds since 2009, when her twin sister, Carol, had a dream about making someone a gourd. Together, they took on a mission to find a gourd and that led Cheryl head first into the wonderful world of gourd art. Cheryl is active at the local, state, and national level.
Cheryl  was inspired by a high school art teacher, who explored multiple mediums for artistic expression. Although her sister is no longer here to share Cheryl’s passion for gourd art, Cheryl will always be thankful that she shared her dream. 

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John Flewharty

Director

John Flewharty

I have been a member of TGS since I got started with gourds as a medium in 1997. I have held the office of Vendor Chair several times, and have participated in the TGS Lone Star Gourd Festival every year since joining the organization.

Creating art with gourds provides me with a pleasant respite from the daily humdrum existence of retirement, yard work, fishing, hunting, and other past- times.

My passion with gourd creations is carving and pyrography, along with the use of acrylic paint, various dyes, and colored pencil.

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13 Linda Hughes Director

Director

Linda Hughes

For several years, I have tried many different medias for expression of my creativity but none were completely fulfilling. About four years ago, after seeing some of my paintings in my home, John Flewharty introduced me to the world of gourd art. Gourds are an awesome media for so many different techniques! I want to do them all! I served as the Dallas Gourd Patch Leader for 3 years and am excited to further the interest in gourd art by now serving on the TGS board.

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14 Mari Tarver Director

Director

Mari Tarver

I have been involved in fiber arts, bead weaving, jewelry making, dichroic glass and other artistic ventures before finding gourds. I have taught crochet, jewelry, and gourd classes. I believe whatever you do, you can do with a gourd.

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david cleaveland

Director

David Cleaveland

I began painting with oils in my twenties but found that marriage, children and work demanded so much time that I put the oils away.  After I retired, I got the oils back out and tried to start where I left off so many years ago.  I could not get inspired.  Then, I discovered gourds!  Wow, what a pallet! I did my first gourd piece 3 1/2 years ago and have been hooked ever since.  I love the variety of shapes, techniques, tools and colors that are used in gourd art.  I am a true believer that every gourd is meant to be something more, and they speak to the artist about what that is. Therefore, the name of my studio is "The Finished Gourd".

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07 Rickie Newell GourdzetteEditor

Director/Gourdzette Editor

Rickie Newell

My husband and I retired and moved to Llano. While the house was constructed, John planted an enormous garden which included gourds for Purple Martin houses. That was when I discovered gourd art on the internet and I was gobsmacked by a new passion and focus. On any good day you'll find me on the porch with gourds, my tools, and my Crystal Light. Pull up a chair and join me anytime. Maybe we can teach each other something new.

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