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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.