Tuesday, October 4, 2011

2011 Ohio Gourd Show

The Ohio Gourd show was held in Greenville, on the western side of Ohio in Darke County. A totally miserable week-end of below normal temps and drizzly rain kept folks from coming out in droves. Thankfully, I was housed inside the coliseum for exhibition. Regardless of the crappy weather outside there was an abundance of fun and good cheer inside with demonstrations, creative classes and camaraderie.

Competitions were stiff and the quality of items on display were amazing. I thought I'd share some of the outstanding pieces on exhibit.  And to encourage you to come out and check us out next year...same place...same week-end. (Last week-end in September)   See you there!

Selection of Hand chip carved birdhouses and ornaments

Beautiful carved gourd bowl with gold leaving

Attractive gourd piece with natural fibers

Completely hand beaded art - there are over 90,000 seed beads in this design!  Can you imagine?

Too Cool not to share...Gourd mask hand painted and accented with feathers.

Entry for competition: Gourd animals, I love penguins!

An entry for creative use of gourds.  I think this person has a crazy, fantastic imagination!

Left me speechless!  This large hand carved vessel was so perfect you would think it was make from a plastic mold!

Black and white collection of exquisite carved pieces.

Symphony of Gourds wouldn't be complete without belly dancers

My display of offerings: Halloween items were a huge hit.

The 2011 Backwoods Fest

Another year as come and gone for the Thornville Backwoods Fest.
The crowds came but overall sales were down a considerable amount. I offered newly designed, carved bowls for everyday use in addition to my good old standbys...Halloween, but Halloween is what the people wanted - so next year it is what they will get! Months of cleaning, designing, sculpting, carving, and painting led to some pretty disappointing results, but I sure had fun anyways!

It is always good to see old friends and to make new ones. Now that I can be found on facebook, I had the opportunity to meet and greet some of my new followers. I was amazed to learn how many pieces individual collectors have of my work...the winner went to a gal who owns 16 of my gourds!  And, she bought more!  Let's see who can top that one! 

In all seriousness, I greatly appreciate all the kind words, encouragement, compliments and patronage. Without you, all this hard work wouldn't be worth it.  THANK YOU!

Just had to share...the hubs! Working hard or hardly working?  You decide!

Another view of the booth at the start of the show

And along came the crowds...Standing room only

It's Time to Order Buckeyes for Upcoming holiday season!

Back by popular demand
Just created...a limited number of "The Buckeye Guy" ornaments.
Hand painted dried mini pear gourds accented with air dry
clay to create this must ornie for any Buckeye Lovers Christmas tree.

Each is signed, dated and come with red line hanger.
9.98 + $2.95 SH and Ohio Sales tax.

To order please contact me at lynlockwood@aol.com

Better hurry...these little guys are moving fast!