Gourd and art show this weekend
by Jaclyn Witherly
The Gourd and Creative Art Show is coming to Buckhorn from September 21 to 22.
Held at the Buckhorn Community Centre, the show runs on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The cost of admission is $3 and parking is free. The festival gives locals the chance to try a new craft, take a class, speak with experts, buy crafts and get inspired.
There are several classes going on throughout the weekend for anyone of any age.
There is a Fur, Feathers and Fun class where students will learn how to add realism to their wood burning work, a painting class where students learn how to paint scenery freehand, a Powertex class where students will create a sculpture for home or garden, a class to learn how to make a fairy house made out of a gourd, silk dye a bowl, create a hand drum out of a gourd, carve your own canoe paddle, make a scarf, paint on feathers and many other unique classes.
Most classes are a half day in length and the cost ranges from $35 to $135 for classes, with materials included. There will also be exhibitors who teach knitting and card making.
According to the Canadian Gourd Society, gourds have been used since the beginning of history as utensils but in recent years have become a popular and collectible art form; gourds are unique for their three-dimensional and functional character. The dried and hardened skins of pumpkin-like vegetables, gourds are cut, carved, shaped and embellished to make many beautiful and useful items.
The Canadian Gourd Society is also holding a competition. The public can vote on different pieces of gourd art, including masks, dolls and birdhouses, and working musical instruments, all made by members of the society, to win the People’s Choice Award.
There are plenty unique gifts for sale and the local store “Peter Patch” will be selling their home-made Gourd Jam. Visitors can also make a Gourdster Car, which is a small car made from a gourd, on Saturday and join in the races on Sunday afternoon.
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