Lynda Boltz Novice Pyrography 1st Pllace w-ribbon   Lynda Boltz, 2015 Best of Novice Division

 

August 18 - August 20, 2017

 

New Braunfels Convention Center

375 Castell Avenue

New Braunfels, Texas 78130

 

9am - 5pm Friday/Saturday

9am - 3pm  Sunday

Admission:  adults $5, children and teens under 17 free.  The admission fee is good for the entire show.

Parking:  Free

Classes start August 16

 

The ancient art of decorating gourds never fails to amaze. Many people have no idea that gourds – used by our ancestors as food and medicinal containers – can be skillfully rendered as works of art that sell for hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Multiple techniques come together to create a gourd art piece. They can be carved, wood-burned, painted, dyed, inlaid, coiled, woven, or just about anything else you can think of. They are even built into sculptural pieces.

The Lone Star Gourd Festival, sponsored by the Texas Gourd Society, is an annual event open to the public. Gourd art classes will open early as noted above.  Competition gourds will be judged and ribbons placed Thursday night so that the public may see the winners.  All visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite piece and the artist winning that vote will receive the People's Choice award, announced on Sunday.

At the festival, you will experience a …

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Raffle of Fine Art Gourds

The Texas Gourd Society is a 501c3 organization and the annual raffle raises funds used to promote gourd art educational outreach to our members and the community.

The grand prize raffle gourd this year is by Bonnie Gibson.  Second and Third place raffle gourds are by Shelia Guidry and Roy Cavarretta.

                         2017 Raffle SheliaGuidry  2017 Raffle RoyCavarretta

Gourd Art Competition

The competition is open to any artist.  You do not need to be a Texas Gourd Society member to compete. Awards go to Best of Show, VIP Choice, People’s Choice, Best of Division, and 1st through 3rd place Category Awards.

Divisions judged are Growers, Youth, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Masters. There are multiple categories within each division.

36 Intermediate Vessels Zeldajean Byrd 1st12015, 1st Place, Intermediate Div, Zeldajean Byrd Advanced FiberWorks JoanneTompkins 1st2015, 1st, Adv Div, Fiber Works, Joanne TompkinsNoah Spinrath Youth no ribbon12015, Best of Youth Div, Noah Spinrath56 Masters SW NativeAmerican CherylTrotter 1st2015, 1st Place, Masters Div, Native Amer, Cheryl Trotter

Roy at demo boothRoy Cavarretta at demo booth

 

Gourd Art Demonstrations

A demonstration booth will run daily in the vendor area.

We will have experienced Texas Gourd Society members available to answer your questions on how to grow, harvest, clean, cut, color and design your gourd.

 

KIDS CORNER

 

 

Kids Corner

Children can make their own gourd art in the Kids Corner booth. Gourds and supplies free to children. Discovery World Learning Center is sponsoring the booth this year. 

Admission is also free to children and teenagers under 18 attending with an adult.  An adult will need to remain with children in the Kids Corner while they complete their project.

 

VENDOR BOOTHBayou Gourds booth

 

Vendor Booths

Need information on tools or supplies? Talk to our vendors at the festival. Vendors will be present selling gourd art, raw gourds, supplies and tools that can be used to create your gourd art.  

  

 

Turtle Gourd Warrior by Robin Bryson

 Gourd Classes

Gourd Classes   run daily beginning Wednesday afternoon the week of the show, and running through Sunday.  There are classes for all skill levels.

It is best to pre-register for a class so the teacher can make sure to have enough supplies. However some workshops can take walk-ins.  Look for the "Classes" banner inside the vendor area to check availability.

Check the schedule to make sure that you have everything you need for a class. For some classes you will not need to bring anything and for others, you may need tools or certain supplies.

Membership

Anyone can join the Texas Gourd Society for only $15 a year. Our membership booth will be open to provide you with more information. Benefits of membership include festival discounts, a quarterly e-newsletter, and access to local TGS groups who can provide gourd art education, workshops and sharing of different techniques.  

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New Braunfels is a historic German settlement located about half way between San Antonio and Austin on I-35. It lies on both the Guadalupe and Comal rivers where there are multiple parks and water recreation activities. 

New Braunfels is the site of the original Schlitterbaun waterpark and also the Ernest Eikel Skate Park that attracts many skate board enthusiasts.   

The Gruene historical district is located within the city limits. The village is a nationally registered landmark where visitors can dine in the original Gristmill along the banks of the Guadalupe River, hear live music at Gruene Hall, shop or tube the river.

More information about activities in New Braunfels can be found at www.mycanyonlake.com 

Lone Star Gourd Festival Contacts

Show Chair John Flewharty 214-341-2614 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Show Co-Chair Debbie Clausen 210-468-9924 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Vendor Lynda Hughes 817-368-3400 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Education Vickie Echols 951-491-9051 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Competition Nita Beard 979-280-0411 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Admissions Dee Reichert 817-929-3191 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ways & Means C.C. Rice 409-945-2892 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Hospitality Penny Lyons 832-593-4533 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Hospitality Abby Sandlin 281-463-8858 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Setup/Breakdown Volunteer Needed    
Demos Debbie Clausen 903-364-5475 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kids Corner Rona Thornton 512-468-0700 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Publicity Volunteer Needed    

***If you can volunteer for an open position, contact Shelia Guidry This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. ***

More Info

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