Bay Area Competition

 

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California Gourd Society

California Bay Area Gourd Competition 2018

Hosted by the Calabash Club of Silicon Valley at the Uesugi Farms

14485 Monterey Road, San Martin, CA

October 13-14 (Classes October 11-12)

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How To Enter

  • The competition is open to ALL.
  • The entry fee per entry is $6.00 for CGS members and $10.00 for all others. One entry per entry form. Make checks payable to CGS.
  • Mailed entries will be accepted. See DIRECTIONS FOR MAILED ENTRIES.
  • Mailed entries must be received by October 6th.
  • Entries may be submitted in person on Thursday, OCTOBER 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday, October 12 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE JUDGED.
  • Judging will take place on Friday, October 12 at noon. The display will be open for viewing Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 9am to 3pm.
  • Release and pick up of entries will be from 3 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, October 14, 2018. All art work not picked up will become the property of CGS.
  • While every effort is made to provide security of items, the Calabash Club of Silicon Valley, the California Gourd Society and the Uesugi Farm are not responsible for damaged or lost items.
  • The artist is responsible for placing his or her piece in the correct category.

Note: Please read category and division descriptions carefully. Design your art work for the category.

 

General Rules

    1. Gourds must predominate. 50% of medium or technique to be used on the crafted gourd surface should exhibit the required medium or technique.
    2. Gourds previously entered in a CGS competition are not permitted.
    3. Craft/artwork for each entry must be the original work of person who is the entrant.
    4. Only one entry per category is permitted.
    5. No class gourds are permitted.
    6. Judges reserve the right to disqualify or reassign entries that do not meet category criteria.
    7. Copyright designs such as Disney characters or copies of other artist’s work may not be used on entries unless written permission is granted by the artist or copyright holder. Copyright free designs may be used.
    8. All participants agree to allow photographs to be taken of displayed items.
    9. Not all categories are included in each division.
    10. Category definitions may be the same for Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Master Craftsman, but will be judged according to Division level

Judging

The California Gourd Society will coordinate all judging. Judging will follow the American Gourd Society judging guidelines and use AGS trained judges. Scoring option C (Verbal Consensus) will be used. Points will be given for originality of design, workmanship/craftsmanship, neatness and quality, color/finish, balance/scale, and overall appearance.

 

Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category at the judge’s discretion. A category with only one entry does not necessarily guarantee a 1st place ribbon.

 

Any questions, please contact Competition Chair Sylvia Nelson at sylvianelson@citlink.net or phone 916-682-2437.

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California Bay Area Gourd Competition 2018

 Divisions & Categories

Youth Divisions (there is no fee for entry in Youth Division)

Junior -Under 12

Teens - Ages 13-17

Category - One decorated gourd using any technique.

 

Novice Division The Novice Division is for those who are relatively new to the art form and have been working with gourds for three years or less. The Novice should not have won awards in a CGS competition or sold gourds or taught a gourd class for a fee. Once you win a Blue ribbon in this Division you must move up to the next Division.

 

N1       Pyrography – Burning a design (line or shading) on a gourd with the use of any wood-burning tool.

N2       Carving/ Fretwork/Filigree – The removal of a portion of the outer surface of the gourd, exposing the undersurface to create a design or texture in relief and/or a decorative design (of holes and other shapes) cut through the shell of the gourd.

N3       Painted/ Coloring Techniques – Any coloring technique, using stains, dyes, inks, oil pastel pencils, crayons, colored pencils, felt tip pens, acrylic paints, oil paints, watercolors, etc.

N4       Vessels and Containers – Such as bowls, vases, containers using any technique.

N5       Ocean Theme – This piece must incorporate the ocean in any form from the sea life to the ocean waves.


Intermediate Division
The Intermediate Division is for those artists who understand and use basic techniques. Entrants should not have won a major award in a gourd show or a juried art show. They may have sold gourds, but have not taught a gourd class for a fee.Once you win a Best of Division or Best of Show in this Division you must move up to the next Division.

 

I6         Pyrography – Burning a design (line or shading) on a gourd with the use of an electric wood-burning tool.

I7         Carving/ Fretwork/Filigree – The removal of a portion of the outer surface of the gourd, exposing the undersurface to create a design or texture in relief and/or a decorative design (of holes and other shapes) cut through the shell of the gourd.

I8         Painted/ Coloring Techniques – Any coloring technique, using stains, dyes, inks, oil pastel pencils, crayons, colored pencils, felt tip pens, acrylic paints, oil paints, watercolors, etc.

I9         Embellishments – An entry in this category should be predominately decorated using items such as beads, clay, glass, stones, metal, inlay, pine needles, fiber, feathers, steam punk. Any technique allowed. Use your imagination, almost anything can be an embellishment.

I10       In the Closet – Anything wearable. Hats, jewelry, pins, name tags, purses, shoes, etc. May use multiple gourds and accessories (beads, leather, string, thread, cord clasps etc.). Any technique allowed. Jewelry must be displayed in box, case, on a board or stand, but the method of display will not be judged.

I11       Garden – Any representation of a garden or garden plant(s) is acceptable. Can use single or multiple gourds or sculptural pieces. Any technique allowed.

I12       Anything Goes – Let your imagination take you away.


Advanced DivisionThe Advanced Division is for artists who have progressed to a more complicated level of work and have a good grasp of multiple techniques or finishing skills. They may have taught a gourd class for a fee but are not showing in galleries.

 

A13     Pyrography – Burning a design (line or shading) on a gourd with the use of an electric wood-burning tool.

A14     Carving/ Fretwork/Filigree – The removal of a portion of the outer surface of the gourd, exposing the undersurface to create a design or texture in relief and/or a decorative design (of holes and other shapes) cut through the shell of the gourd.

A15     Embellishments – An entry in this category should be predominately decorated using items such as beads, clay, glass, stones, metal, inlay, pine needles, fiber, feathers, steam punk. Any technique allowed. Use your imagination, almost anything can be an embellishment.

A16     Painted/ Coloring Techniques – Any coloring technique, using stains, dyes, inks, oil pastel pencils, crayons, colored pencils, felt tip pens, acrylic paints, oil paints, watercolors, etc.

A17     Sculpture or Multiple Gourds Using one or more gourds (whole or pieces) to make a three-dimensional sculpture for entry. It should be designed and assembled to be seen from different sides. The design should be with the gourd predominating. Clay or wood filler may be used in sculpting and on the gourd surface but should cover no more than 30% of the gourd surface. Additional techniques may be used to complete the design and limited embellishments may be added.

A18     Anything Goes –Let your imagination take you away.

             

Master’s Division The Master Division is for artist whose work shows excellent use of all techniques and finishing skills. The work is of original design and not from a class (unless they have taught the class). Their work may have shown in galleries, won top awards in art/gourd competitions and have reached the level of fine art.

 

M19    Pyrography – Burning a design (line or shading) on a gourd with the use of an electric wood-burning tool.

M20    Carving/ Fretwork/Filigree – The removal of a portion of the outer surface of the gourd, exposing the undersurface to create a design or texture in relief and/or a decorative design (of holes and other shapes) cut through the shell of the gourd.

M21    Embellishments –An entry in this category should be predominately decorated using items such as beads, clay, glass, stones, metal, inlay, pine needles, fiber, feathers, steam punk. Any technique allowed. Use your imagination, almost anything can be an embellishment.

M22    Go Wild – Let your imagination take you away.

 

 

Special Category - In Honor of Jim Story

 

JS23    Manipulated Gourd – A single dried manipulated gourd grown by the person who enters.Gourds may be grown in a mold or otherwise manipulated. Pieces should be left natural or finished with a clear finish only.

JS24    Crafted Manipulated Gourd – The artist does not have to grow the gourd themselves* but must use at least one manipulated gourd in the piece. An emphasis would be put on how the artist uses the manipulation to their advantage and that results in the manipulation enhancing the end design.

 

*Betty Finch (CGS Director at Large) has a box full of manipulated gourds that she would offer for reasonable prices to help get it started. Interested artists could connect with her. She will bring such gourds to the Patch Leader’s meeting in Visalia in April.


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Gourd Crafting Terms and Definitions

 

Accessories or Embellishments Any material added to the crafted gourd to complete the exhibit.

Artificial or Man-made Accessories/Embellishments Any material added to the crafted gourd that is not natural, such as artificial flowers, plastics, plastic eyes, or manufactured items.(See also Natural Accessories).

Artificial Sinew A waxed nylon imitation of natural sinew (animal tendon) used in beading, sometimes used in place of cotton thread. (Artificial sinew will be allowed on all entries).

Base A support or stand that holds a gourd at the proper angle or position. It may be metal, wood or a manufactured turn-table but the base will not be considered an accessory of the crafted gourd.

Basket A gourd with the top cut off with a carrying handle attached or cut so that part of the gourd remains to function as a handle.

Beading The technique of using beads to apply a design to gourd. Beads may be applied with beeswax, embedded in recessed holes, strung and wrapped around, or sewn to the gourd. Beads are made of plastic, glass, and/or natural material, i.e. shell, wood, clay or seeds.

Bowl A gourd with the top cut off (or some portion cut off) to give the appearance of a container.

Burned Using a Flame (i.e., small torch) to char or change the color of the gourd surface (See also Pyrography/Wood-burning.).

Carved The removal of a portion of the outer surface of the shell of a gourd, exposing the undersurface to create a design or texture in relief, usually done with a power tool.

Chip Carving Carving done with gouging tools to “chip” out small pieces of gourd to create a pattern or design on the surface of the gourd.

Clear Finish Any finish, such as varnish, shellac, wax or oil, which enhances the overall appearance of the gourd but adds no color (except the slight natural darkening that may occur).

Coiled Use of pine needles or grasses (or other natural materials), wrapped and held in place by thread, raffia or sinew to cover rims of bowls or create designs on gourds.

Color/Coloring Using any medium that adds to, enhances, or changes the natural appearance of the gourd’s surface. Some examples of color media are stains, dyes, inks, oil pastel pencils, crayons, colored pencils, felt tip pens, acrylic paints, oil paints, watercolors, colored waxes, etc.

Cut Gourd Cutting all the way through the gourd shell to create a hole or opening (as opposed to surface cuts as in carving). The cut or openings are incorporated into the design.

Embellishment/Accessories Any material that is added to the gourd to enhance the overall design and appearance of the gourd. (See also Artificial Accessories and Natural Accessories).

Fretwork An intricate, interlaced, decorative design (of holes or other shapes) cut into and through the shell of the gourd, usually done with power tools.

Functional An item fashioned to be used. For example, a gourd pitcher that actually holds water and has a functional spout and handle.

Medium/Media Material used for artistic expression, such as paint, dye, ink, etc.

Natural Accessories Any material added to the crafted gourd that is natural. Examples include linen/cotton thread, grasses, pine needles, seeds pods, shells, stones, bone, feathers, etc.

Pyrography/Wood-burning Burning a design (lines and shading) on a gourd with the use of an electric wood-burning tool.

Predominate The word “predominate” (when used in Competition Class description to indicate the amount of medium or technique to be used on the crafted gourd) means that the majority of the crafted gourd surface should exhibit the required medium or technique.

Weaving Interlacing various materials attached to the gourd, such as grasses, cords, natural fibers, etc.




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DIRECTIONS FOR MAILED ENTRIES

CA Bay Area Gourd Competition

Must be received by

Saturday, October 6th

Please mail to:

Jody Dingivan

12140 Steffs Ct.

San Martin, CA 95046

Phone:408-234-6291

Email: adollplace@hotmail.com

VERY IMPORTANT:

MAILED ENTRIES THAT DO NOT FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES WILL NOT BE

ENTERED IN THE COMPETITION.

 

HOW TO PACKAGE YOUR MAILED ENTRY

For Gourd Art Competition 2018

 

Mailed entries must be placed inside a box self-addressed to yourself with return postage affixed to the returning box (not cash, not loose stamps, not money order for stamps).  Please package your gourd with enough packing protection to insure safe return. Place the box to be returned to you inside the box addressed to the address above. Only one entry per box.

You must complete an entry form with all areas of the entry form filled in, along with a check for the dollar amount to cover each entry. If you have more than one entry you may submit a check for all entries in Box 1 (please label it Box 1). Entry forms should go in the box with their entry.

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Unless otherwise stated please follow these instructions.