Gloria Christian: Simple Yet Elegant Designs Make Award Winning Art
Ken Carlson: The Art Of Knotting The Long Handled Dipper
The Gourd Jungle: Tips For The Home Gourd Gardener
Out Of The Mailbag, Gourd Sightings and Trivia
The Bulletin Board
Gourd Fest Details!
The Canadian Gourd Society (CGS) Gourd Festival
& Creative Art Show
Dates: September 21 & 22
Where: The Buckhorn Community Centre
This annual event is
ideal for anyone who
loves art. At the Gourd
Festival there will be
fabulous art, a competition, vendors and lots of classes.
At the Creative Art Show there will paintings and other mediums to be enjoyed.
Northern Dipper will be there and will have lots of cleaned, dried gourds along with supplies and finished product. There will be hourly mini tutorials using different gourd products. (Tutorials & times are listed under "Other Stuff")
For details click here:
"I think that photography
has helped me to envision
and create by learning to draw attention to the
subject using balance,
color, shapes and design."
"Gourd art is not only growing as a perfect canvas for the artist because of the
versatility but appeals to 'one of a kind' collectors. I read somewhere that the artist does not get paid for their time but for their vision."
"Art is everywhere we look and in everything we do. It is
a way of communicating
with each other in many forms including music, painting, photography and more."
"I have always been involved with art and creating and have done many things from sewing to pottery. I challenge myself with every gourd and strive to create that 'one of a kind' piece."
Advice For New Artists
"For anyone entering the world of gourds Gloria's advice is "Have fun and try everything. If and when you make a mistake, it is just an experience to learn from."
"With all the information out there through books, the Internet and gourd societies, you can go as far as your imagination will take you."
Ken has been knotting long handled dippers for many years now. Here are some examples of his work.
The Gourd Jungle:
Tips For The Home Gourd Gardener
In September there is only one rule to follow; a rule that requires great patience:
Do Not Cut Any Gourds
From The Vine Until After The First Hard Frost Hits!
Your large gourds will look mature to your eye but leave them be. The extra month or 2 of maturing will determine whether they dry nicely or not.
Also do not drill any holes into the shell. I've never quite figured out why people want to do this - if anyone has an answer let me know.
Gourd marakas were spotted on I Love Lucy. They were being played by Ricky Ricardo, Lucy's TV and real life husband, in his act at the Tropicana nightclub.
It's A Dog's Life
This month we are going to talk about rawhide chewies. We have bought them for our dogs but are now changing our tune. These hides - usually bull, cow or horse - have been scraped
of all nutrients including
meat and fat.
The hide is soaked in an ash-lye solution for a few days to remove the hair and then is soaked in bleach to remove all traces of the ash-lye solution. Doesn't sound too good does it - all those chemicals going into your dog's system.
For an alternative you may want to switch from the rawhide to beef chews, antler, raw bones or smoked bones.
For more information on these alternatives click here:
Music Pick of The Month
Shadow of the Moon
Child In Time
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