The 13th Annual Ventura County Gourd Artists Festival 
 Santa Rosa Valley, CA
May 2, 2105
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Wild about Gourds" 

 Gourd art demonstrations, sales, exhibits, vendors, live music.

11701 E. Las Posas Road, Santa Rosa Valley (Camarillo.

Free admission/parking.

For the most current information please visit the VCGA Facebook Page.
https://www.facebook.com/VCGourdArtists or
our Website: www.vcgourdartists.org


Capital Woodcarvers and CGS Annual Wood & Gourd Competition  
May 2 & 3, 2015

This is a CGS Competition within the woodcarver competition.
The competition will be judged by AGS Judges.

There are six gourd categories for gourds within the Woodcarver's Competition.
Gourd Burning
Gourd Coiling
Gourd Distinctly Different
Gourd Filigree/carving
Gourd Jewelry
Gourd Painted.

Download Competition and Show Application

For complete details visit the Capital Woodcarver's Website at: http://capitalwoodcarvers.com

Barbara will be excepting mailed entries. You must follow the packaging and mailing instructions below. 



                                                 For Gourd Art Competition 2015

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 below depending on which competition you are entering. 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.

Unless otherwise stated on the Entry Form please follow these instructions.

If you are entering the Capital Woodcarver’s -CGS Competition you will find the Entry Form on page 16 of this issue and at our website as a printable pdf. Entry Form with money should be mailed to CWA c/o Nelson Krouse before May 2nd if they want to pay only $6.00  otherwise it is $8.00.

Mail Deadline for entries in the Capital Woodcarver's - CGS Competition is:

Saturday April 25, 2015

Please mail to:
Barbara Rippetoe
6716 Main Ave.
Orangevale,  CA  95662

(916) 988-6599


6th Annual Gourdstock 2015 
Sponsored by the San Diego County Gourd Artists

We are currently seeking teachers.
Download Teacher Application here.
Download One Page Handout (pictured below) 


9am - 5pm
Saturday, September 19
Sunday, September 20


Bates Nut Farm
15954 Woods Valley Rd.
Valley Center, CA 92082

Thursday - Sunday
September 17-20

San Diego County Gourd Artist is a non-profit organization. We are a chapter of the California Gourd Society and the American Gourd Society. Our purpose is to interact with fellow gourd enthusiasts by sharing knowledge and techniques of carving, decorating, and embellishing gourds.  We invite you to attend our classes to learn about gourd art and meet teachers, vendors and make new friends. 

Activities and Events
  Gourd art, supplies, and fine craft vendors
  Classes – exciting and new!
  Dry camping available
  Picnic area


For more information

Davis Ranch Gourd Festival -2015 

September 25-27, 2015

CA Gourd Art Competition Rules, Guidelines, Divisions and Categories  Handout

Pre Festival Classes

Interested in teaching contact Davis Ranch directly.



California Gourd Society Retreat at the Highland Springs Resort  

Highland Springs Resort
10600 Highland Springs Ave, Cherry Valley, California 92223
Here is a map of the grounds

Thursday October 1- Sunday October 4, 2015

This statewide event is open to all CGS members.
It’s a wonderful opportunity that CGS is providing it members.

Download 2-Page Invitation with Registration Form or Registration Form Only

 Please come and play!

 This is an all Inclusive three day, three night Package includes: Room, 7 meals, welcome goodie bag, and several art project kits plus 2 mini classes. We will have a Trading Post with items that the members can bring to sell and trade. CGS Raffle to fund future Retreats and several Demo stations for you to try out new techniques. Plenty of time to work on your own projects or enjoy the many hiking trails and beautiful grounds if you choose.  Hurry Space is limited.

Thursday October 1—Sunday October 4

  •     Thursday: Arrival Check In at 3 PM, Pool Side Meet and Greet.
  •     Friday: Standard Buffet-style Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  •     Saturday: Standard Buffet-style Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  •     Sunday: Room Check out Noon, Conference Room check out 4:00 pm.  Standard    Buffet style Breakfast Only

Note: There will be an Event Waiting List, but no guarantees someone will be available if you cancel.

 **Triple Rooms only if a roommate cancels you will have to upgrade and pay the added double rate ($35 or $65).
We are no longer taking Triple Rooms they have been all been booked as of 01/28/2015 6:00 pm. However you can make your 2nd payment or  pay off your balance using the links below.

All Rates are Per Person - 2 people per room

 Cottages have 2 single beds (wireless but no TV or refrigerator
 $325 Cottage Per Person - Double Occupancy

 Deluxe Inns have 2 queens (TV & wireless, refrigerator)

 $360 Deluxe Inn Per Person  -Double Occupancy 

        We are excepting full payment and deposits with PayPal for Double Occupant in the Deluxe Inn and Cottages.
   If you would like to make a deposit of $100 or a 2nd payment of $100 use Option 1.
If you would like to Pay In Full use Option 2.
    If you would like to make a 2nd deposit or have already made a deposit but would like to Pay in Full use Option 3.
        After you make you payment please email or mail your registration form. We will have the option to pay your balance or make payment with PayPal in April.

                             Option 1- make a deposit of $100 or a 2nd payment of $100 is due by April 30, 2015.                          



 #1 Deluxe Inn Double Per Person Deposit of $100 or 2nd Payment of $100
 #1 Cottage Double Per Person Deposit of $100 or 2nd Payment of $100
Deluxe Inn or Cottage Triple Person 2nd Payment of $100

Option 2 - pay in full if you have not made a deposit.


#2 Cottage Double Per Person $325 Paid in Full  #2 Cottage Double Per Person $325 
#2 Deluxe Inn Double Per Person $360 Paid in Full #2 Deluxe Inn Double Per Person $360

                    Option 3 - pay off your balance in full if you have made only a $100 deposit.

 #3 Cottage Double Per Person Balance Due $225
 #3 Cottage Triple Per Person Balance Due $190 

#3 Deluxe Inn Double Per Person Balance Due $260
 #3 Deluxe Inn Triple Per Person Balance Due $195


Questions Regarding Rooms: Mary Bliss at email editorgoldengourd@yahoo.com  
Questions Regarding CGS Retreat: Sherry Hunga-Moore at email florashm@aol.com

This is a wonderful opportunity for "Teachers and Supply Vendors" that usually work the festivals, to take your work hat off and put you play hat on!

If you are currently not a member and would like to join us. Our Membership is $20 per year go to: http://www.californiagourdsociety.com/Join-Us.html


The Calabash Club of Silicon Valley - 4th Annual Gourd Festival 

October 10 & 11,  2015. 
Held at Uesugi Farms,14485 Monterey Rd. San Martin, CA 95046.

Website: www.GourdFest.com

 Vendor inquiries: gourdwalker@gmail.com

Download Class Catalog



  Baskets and Gourds - Containers of our Culture VI
April 22 - 24, 2016

Check back for class catalog.
Teacher applications were due March 31, 2015.