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Announcing the 2023 ....

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The Nevada Gourd Society is hosting its 5th Annual Silver State Art Festival, September 8-10, 2023 at the Fuji Exhibit Hall in Carson City, NV. This festival is a gathering of over 40 award-winning artists focused on sharing their art with our community. Artists from Nevada and California will be displaying their gourd art, paintings, photography, jewelry, woodworking and much more. ( View the list of our 2023 artists. )


In addition, there will be art classes for those interested in a hands-on learning experience.

Our goal is to have a fun and educational festival for all who want to know more about the beautiful world of the natural arts.


This INDOOR festival is being held at the Fuji Exhibit Hall in beautiful Carson City, Nevada. Click here to view the address and a map of this location.

Are you interested in a hands-on experience?


Take advantage of the many art classes we'll be offering during the 3 days of our festival.  Classes include gourd art, watercolor, wood turning, mandala dotting, zentangle, making a ledger, silk scarf marbling, and basket weaving.

Visit our Class Gallery to view all of our classes and sign up today!

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The 2023 Raffle and Silent Auction

We will have another huge raffle this year with many, many wonderful prizes.


The Nevada Humane Society of Northern Nevada will be our recipient for this year's fundraising efforts. We are anticipating a great response from our community in supporting this great organization.

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Click here to view the list of many of the businesses and individuals who have donated to our raffle.

We also have a great Silent Auction

Check out these wonderful donations to our Silent Auction:

  • Gold Dust West Casino and Hotel in Carson City has donated a Gift Certificate for a one-night stay, dinner and breakfast for two people and bowling for two.

  • Fine art canvas print, "Peek A Boo", donated by JT Humphrey Photography.

  • Golf Bag with clubs, golf balls & towels. Donated by Jeannine Hudson.

  • Gift Certificate for a Full Set of Lashes. Donated by Blackwood Esthetics.

  • Gourd Tool Kit with drill, saw, sander, case & more. Donated by The Caning Shop. 

  • Original silk painting. Donated by Louise Noel.

  • Four Season Aspen Life Mosaic.  Donated by Sabrina Frey.

  • Handmade birdhouse. Donated by John Preston.


Previous years: Thanks to the support and generosity of our artists, businesses, and the community, in 2022 we were able to donate $13,000 to the Nevada Humane Society. In total, we have raised $32,650 in donations for various non-profit organizations in the Carson City area.

Food and Drink

Plan to join us for the festival opening at the Fuji Exhibit Hall from 5-8 pm on Friday evening. We'll be serving white and red wine for you to enjoy as you listen to live music and browse through the exhibits.

On Saturday the Bus Boy Mobile Cuisine truck will be on the premises from 10 am to 5 pm providing lunch and snacks.

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Looking for Hotel Accommodations?

Holiday Inn Express in Carson City is offering rooms at a special price to Silver State Art Festival attendees this year. Two room types are being offered and availability is "first-come, first served" so click on the image to the right to take advantage of this offer.

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Carson City is a perfect location for a festival. 


Visitors from far and wide visit in September because of our great weather and all the wonderful things to do in this area of Nevada:

  • Virginia City, a quaint historic town
  • Beautiful Lake Tahoe
  • Reno, just minutes away
  • Casinos, restaurants and great shopping
  • Fly fishing on the Truckee or Carson rivers
  • RV parks and hotels close by

Visit to see all that Carson City has to offer.



The deadline for submitting teaching applications has passed.

Are you a teacher, but you can't teach at the 2023 festival? Get on our teacher's mailing list.​


If you would like to have a booth at our 2023 festival, please review the Vendor Information and email us at .


Are you a vendor, but you can't attend the 2023 festival? Get on our vendor's mailing list.​

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