Baskets and Gourds Containers of Our Culture

Due to the COVID-19 Virus this event has moved to April 2021 same wonderful conference just a new year.

The conference is sponsored by the Tulare/Sequoia Gourd Patch, and the California Gourd Society.

We’re so glad you’re coming to the Central Valley ‐ we have a wonderful conference planned, and as you schedule your trip, we hope that you’ll consider extending your stay to enjoy the many opportunities our beautiful area has to offer.

First, Visalia is aptly named “The Jewel of the Valley.” It’s a unique city with small town charm, parks, rivers, lakes, and great restaurants. You might catch a Rawhide baseball game, play some golf, walk the trails, ride the trolley, or try your luck in a nearby casino.

Perhaps you feel more adventurous and want to go white‐water rafting on your way up to Sequoia National Park. Once in the park, hike up Moro Rock, and stroll amongst the giant sequoias. Plan on spending a few days camping with your family or stay in Three Rivers at the Lazy J Motel.

If you plan carefully, your visit to the area could also include the Three Rivers JazzAffair, the California Antique Farm Equipment Show, or Team Roping at a local rodeo.

So, consider combining your creative energy at our Baskets and Gourds Conference with a family vacation and experience the varied activities in the Central Valley.

Arts Visalia
214 E. Oak Avenue, Visalia, California
(559) 739‐0905

Elks Lodge
3100 W. Main Street, Visalia, CA
Silent Auction opens 8:00am
Check‐in 8:00am – 8:45am
Artisans and Vendors 8:00am – 5:00pm
(Lunch time is at the discretion of the teacher)
9:00am – 4:00pm
Teachers’ Marketplace and Reception 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Buffet Dinner and Keynote Speaker 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Silent Auction Ends 6:30pm ‐ Results forthcoming

Elks Lodge
3100 W. Main Street, Visalia, CA
Check‐in 8:00am – 8:45am
Artisans and Vendors 8:00am – 4:00pm
(Lunch time is at the discretion of the teacher)

Toni Best
P.O. Box 6846
Visalia, CA 93290
(559) 627‐5430

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At the 2018 conference we awarded scholarships to 13 needy students. We are trying to do this again this year, however, have had no luck with obtaining grants. Anyone who would like to donate, the scholarships are $125 per student. Please help spread the love of art to these kids.
Silent Auction

If you would like to contribute anything to our Silent Auction we are seeking donations at this time. Please contact Toni Best if you have any questions.