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Gourd Art Competition

gourd art competitionThe incredible Gourd Art Competition is sponsored by the California Gourd Society

This competition has been a part of the Gourd Festival since day one and a favorite attraction for festival attendees!

This is an extremely well put-together competition brought to you by the California chapter of the American Gourd Society, and every gourd artist is encouraged to submit their pieces!

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2011 California Gourd Art Competition Rules:

All entrants must be current members of the California Gourd Society. Children and youth are also eligible to enter any novice category. Becoming a member is very simple: Click Here

Artists entering specific categories in the Master’s division may not enter the same category in the Open Division, but may enter other Open Division categories.


GOURDS MUST PREDOMINATE

Artistry, originality and integrity of design are considered. Participants many enter any division, but only one piece per category.

There are five divisions:

  • The Children’s division includes anyone 12 years of age or younger.
  • The Youth division includes 13-17 year olds.
  • The Novice division is for members who have not previously won a ribbon in a CGS competition or consider themselves a beginner.
  • The Open Division is for anyone who does not consider themselves a beginner (honor system).
  • The Master’s Division includes artist who have achieved a level of expertise as demonstrated by having won awards, had work published and/or sold work in galleries.

Entry fee is $6.00 for each entry.  There is no charge for children and youth.

Make checks payable to CGS.

All work must be done by the exhibiting artist and have not been previously entered into any CGS competition.

Advanced registration is not taken. When mailing entries, please include a completed entry form for each entry as well as the $6.00 entry fee and return postage if needed.

Deadline: Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than Monday, June 20th. Mail to CGS c/o Welburn Gourd Farm, 40635 De Luz Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028.

Personal deliveries may be delivered to Welburn only on Thursday June 23rd between 9 am and 4pm.

LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE JUDGED!

Judging will take place on Thursday and Friday, June 23rd and 24th. All participants agree to allow photographs to be taken of displayed items.

Pick-up will be on Sunday, June 26th between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. Entries may not be removed early. Mailed entries will be returned within two weeks after the show. Mailed entries must have return postage and self addressed shipping container with a label.

All art work not picked up or arranged for pre-paid return will be donated to CGS.


Judging: The California Gourd Society will coordinate all judging.

Judging will follow the American Gourd Society judg-ing guidelines.

While every effort is made to provide security for your items, the Welburn Gourd Farm and the California Gourd Society are not responsible for damaged or lost items.

For more information, contact Sylvia Nelson by email at cagourdpres@frontier.com or phone 916.682.2437. We will have our CALL FOR JUDGES and Entry Forms in the next issue of the Golden Gourd and on our website in the coming weeks.


2011 Open and Novice Divisions

  1. Carving – Whole or cut gourds, carving should predominate. Hand carving or power carving acceptable. Natural or clear finish only.
  2. Pyrography - Whole or cut gourd, pyrography only. Natural or clear finish only.
  3. Cut gourd – Any type of decorative or functional gourd featuring fancy cutting techniques or cut out design.
  4. Beading - Beading must be the focal point, but other techniques and media may be used.
  5. Weaving – Gourd with weaving of any material, natural or man-made. You must be able to see part of the gourd. Any finish allowed.
  6. Coiling – Coiling on a gourd using any material, natural or man-made. You must be able to see part of the gourd. Any finish allowed.
  7. Painting – Whole or cut gourd. Painting must predominate. Indicate type of paint used.
  8. Inlay - Inlay must be a major feature of the design. Natural and man-made substances acceptable.
  9. Garden theme – Whole or cut gourd must incorporate a garden theme. Any technique allowed.
  10. Bowls and Baskets – Gourd must be a functional bowl or basket. Any technique allowed.
  11. Fairies – Any representation of fairies. Painting, carving, pyrography, ec.
  12. Miniature – Any single gourd 3" or under. Any technique acceptable.
  13. Class Gourd - Are you really proud of a gourd you made in a class? Enter it in this category. Please indicate class and teacher on entry form. Any technique allowed.
  14. Inspired by Latin America – Includes Mexico, Central and South America. Any technique acceptable.
  15. Inspired by the Orient – Includes any Asian influence. Any technique acceptable.
  16. Inspired by the Old West - Gourd must incorporate western style. Any technique acceptable.
  17. Inspired by the Sea – Gourd must incorporate images from the ocean or seashore. Any technique acceptable.
  18. Multi-media – Whole or cut gourds that incorporate three or more techniques and materials. Describe materials and techniques used on entry form.
  19. Free Style – Anything goes. Let your imagination take you away. Single or multiple gourds acceptable.
  20. The Jim Story—"manipulation" only means gourds tied in knots or influenced by tying.
  21. Inspired by Russ Conley RainStick—For this category only, entries will be judged and awards given by the Orange County Patch. Entries can be the work of an individual artist, or a collaborative effort by a group of two or more CGS members. All design techniques are welcome. (see page 15 in Golden Gourd for complete details)

Master’s Division

Categories 1-4  Artist entering specific categories in the Master’s division may not enter the same category in the Open Division, but may enter other Open Division categories.

  1. Pyrography – Whole or cut gourd, Pyrography only. Natural or clear finish only.
  2. Carving – Whole or cut gourds, carving must predominate. Hand carving or power carving acceptable.
  3. Coiling/Weaving – Gourd with weaving or coiling of any material, natural or man-made. Any finish allowed. You must be able to see part of the gourd.
  4. Free Style – Anything goes. Let your imagination take you away. Single or multiple gourds acceptable.

Children and Youth Division

Children and youth are also eligible to enter any novice category.

Children 12 and under - No restrictions. But minimal adult assistance, please.

Youth 13-17 – No restrictions. Work of entrant only.

Category for Children and Youth:  Any decorated gourd - functional or decorative. Any technique allowed.

 

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