The Amador Gourd Artists, established in 1998 in Amador County, is dedicated to promoting interest in all activities relating to gourds: cultivation, gourd show competition, craft-work, artistic decoration and preserving the history of the hard shelled gourd. One of their objectives is to further the arts in Amador County through the funding of scholarships. The annual Ornament Workshop is one of the ways monies are raised.
The workshop is designed for beginners as well as experienced gourders. Participants will take home three completed projects, learning wood-burning, painting and other techniques in gourd work. All materials are provided in the $45.00 class fee; just bring a sack lunch. The workshop is Saturday, October 20, 9:00-3:00 (or whenever projects are completed) at the Ione Memorial Hall, 207 S. Amador St. Ione. To register, send your check for $45, with your name, address, phone, and email to: Carole Meltzer, 1925 Gold Strike Rd. #705 San Andreas, CA 95249.
The Amador Gourd Artists meet monthly at the Dept. of Agriculture Building 12200 “B” Airport Rd. Jackson CA 95642 from 9am – 12noon. (August and December meetings are held off-site, as might other months.) Meetings have 3 main elements: Business, Gallery (Members sharing their work), and Activity (A hands-on or demonstration of a technique) and are open to all who are interested and all levels of ability. For more information regarding the workshop or the Gourd Club, call Carole at 209-743-9258.