AZGS Play Date September 8, 2018

DATE & LOCATION:  On September 8th, AzGS play date participants will meet at Pavilion 3 at Veteran's Memorial Park, 3105 E. Fry Blvd, Sierra Vista,  at 9:30 am.  A map of the park is displayed below. 

FOR AzGS MEMBERS ONLY:  If you have paid your membership fee for 2018, all you need to do is RSVP to Lynne East-Itkin ( and please include AzGS Fall Gourd Play Date in the subject line) by September 2nd, and then show up!  The only cost to participants is the $10/year membership fee to join AzGS.  On play dates, AzGS provides a venue, lunch, instruction and materials.  So in a single event you get a value that exceeds your membership fee!  Plus, you also get a discounted entry when competing at the Wuertz Festival's judged gourd art competition.  Bring a project you are working on, plus we'll have hands on projects scheduled:

1) Twining on a Mini Gourd with Bonnie Gibson.  Create a mini basket using wax linen and the base of a mini gourd.

2) Embellishing with Foil with Barbara Sisneros (Diana Douglas' Mom).  Have fun experimenting with a kitchen staple, aluminum foil.  Using various mediums and tools, we'll emboss the foil with texture and design, paint with acrylics, create highlights, and even top with heat-set copper paper foil.  You'll have several options - cover a small gourd or a shard completely with foil, adhere the embossed foil to a shard surface, or even inset the foil into a carved out section of a shard.  We'll provide the materials, easy instructions, and several examples.  You provide the hands-on fun.

3) Surprise afternoon project.  We have a fun project scheduled for the afternoon.   This project can use any technique.  So, you can work in your favorite medium, anything from feathers to paint, or try something new!  We'll have supplies but if you have some favorite doodads, bring them along.

LODGING IN SIERRA VISTA:  If you are staying overnight in Sierra Vista, go to for hotel information.

2019 GOURDING IN THE PINES - April 15-18, 2019

This is a very popular event that several Arizona Gourd artists have coordinated in the past years.  The Gourd Gypsies Gourd Patch is assisting in this endeavor this year.  


Monday April 15th (1:00-4:00 class) Six Gourd Enhancement demos. (included in cost)  

Tuesday April 16th (9:00-12:00 class) 1:00-4:00 Open Gourding, 6:30-8:00 Gourd Activity  

Wednesday April 17th (9:00-12:00 class) 1:00-4:00 Open Gourding, 6:30-8:00 Gourd Activity  


Double Occupancy On-Site Retreat cost:  Four-days of Meals/Lodging $310 plus class fee(s)  

Single Occupancy On-Site Retreat cost:    Four-days Meals/Lodging $370 plus class fee(s)  

For more information, go to

or contact Cheryl Kroll at


NOTE: THIS EVENT IS OVER 50% BOOKED ALREADY.  Use the form below to submit your deposit and hold your spot. 

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