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The Nevada Gourd Society is excited to announce the 2023 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.   

Festival Art Classes in the Park


Interested in a hands-on experience? Take advantage of the many art classes we'll be offering during our 3 day festival. Registration is now open. Go to our Class Gallery to view all of our classes and sign up today!

Special Hotel Pricing - Go to 2023 Art Festival and scroll down to see our festival hotel pricing from Holiday Inn Express.



Our festival raffle proceeds will be donated to the Nevada Humane Society. NHS is organizing a pet adoption event to be held during the festival. So plan to stop by to see all of the fur babies looking for their forever homes.

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We will be having wonderful live music and a little wine for our guests on Friday night from 5:00pm - 8:00 pm


Stop by on Saturday, September 9 (10 am to 5 pm) for a bit to eat from the Bus Boy Food Truck!

2023 Festival Classes Preview

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Our Festival Sponsors

We want to shout out a BIG "thank you" to our festival sponsors who so generously help to make our festival a huge success. Click on the logos below to find out more about these wonderful businesses.

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For more festival information, go to 2023 Art Festival.

About NGS


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.

Get up-to-date info on NGS events on Facebook

Visit us on Facebook and "Join" our facebook group.


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.

You're interested in joining now? See how to join.

You're not sure if you want to join? Check us out first, and join later. Plan to visit a gourd patch near you. Contact us to find out when the next gathering will be. And while you are at it, get on our email list to keep you updated on upcoming events!

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The NGS Traveling Gourd

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 non profit organization. Donations are always very welcomed.

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The American Gourd Society - Our Parent Organization

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

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