The Nevada Gourd Society is excited to announce the 2024 Silver State Art Festival
This fun, indoor festival features gourd art, fine art and fine craft. Artists in attendance will be displaying and selling their award-winning artwork and art supplies.
Teachers, if you would be interested in teaching one or more classes at this festival, please review the Teacher Information and fill out the Teacher Application online form.
The Nevada Gourd Society (NGS) is a non profit organization dedicated to providing education and information regarding Lagenaria (hard shell) gourd growing, curing and crafting.
At this time, we have two gourd patches in Nevada. Kristy Dial is the director of the Great Basin Gourd Patch in the Reno area, and Patti Jo Newsom is the director of the Pahrump Valley Gourd Patch in southern Nevada. Each gourd patch has regular monthly meetings in which members share knowledge on growing and crafting gourds. Our goal is to have many gourd patches located throughout our great state of Nevada. Click here to view the Nevada gourd patch map.
We encourage you to join the Nevada Gourd Society. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned gourd artist, the Nevada Gourd Society has much to offer.
As membership increases, and the number of gourd patches increases, our goal is to provide one or two statewide gatherings per year in the form of workshops and festivals.
The photo to the left represents a collaboration of the two Nevada Gourd Society gourd patches for the NGS Traveling Gourd. The theme was "Everything Nevada" and each artist was assigned a space to show off their own renditions of the beauty of our wonderful state. This gourd was one of the prizes at the Silver State Art Festival. Congratulations to Nancy MacGillivary on winning this beautiful gourd!
Interested in Starting Up a Gourd Patch in Your Area?
The goal of the Nevada Gourd Society is to introduce as many people to the wonderful world of gourds as we can. With that in mind, we'd like to see gourd patches all over the state of Nevada. Only six (6) NGS members are required to start a gourd patch.
If you are interested in starting up a gourd patch in your area, contact us with your name and phone number. Kristy or Patti Jo will get back with you soon to discuss.
The Nevada Gourd Society is a proud chapter of the American Gourd Society. By joining AGS you will receive four (4) issues of "The Gourd Magazine" each year. This magazine is rich with articles, photos and tutorials! It will keep you up to date on what's going on with all of the state gourd chapters throughout the US. The non-member purchase price for each magazine is $12.00, but this quarterly publication is free with your AGS membership. The yearly membership for AGS is only $20.00.
If you would like to be a member of our parent organization, the American Gourd Society, go to http://americangourdsociety.org/join.html.