Dear Gourd Crafters/Artists,
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for participating in the 2018 SMGS Gourd Art Festival competition. We so appreciate each and every entry to our show. As fellow gourd artists, we understand the hours of work and the time spent developing new ideas that go into each and every piece. It is so exciting each year to look at the hundreds of entries and enjoy the variety of ideas and creative abilities we see.
A change to Category 2 – Crafted gourds has been made for determining whether a person should enter the Novice and Intermediate Divisions.
The Novice Division is for gourd crafters/artists that are relatively new to gourd crafting and have not won a blue ribbon in the Novice Division. They may have not sold gourds and have not taught a gourd class for a fee. Once you win five (was one) blue ribbons you MUST move up to the Intermediate Division. It is not necessary to enter the Novice Division if you feel you are working at a higher level. If you win Best of Show they MUST move up to the Master Craftsman Division. You MUST choose only one Division to enter in the Crafted Gourds Category.
The Intermediate Division is for crafters/artists that understand and use basic techniques. They may have sold gourds but have not taught a gourd class for a fee. If they have won ten (was five) blue ribbons at the Intermediate Division, they MUST move up to the Advanced Division. If they have won Best of Show they MUST move up to the Masters Division. You may enter a higher Division if you feel you are working at the next level. You MUST choose only one Division to enter in the Crafted Gourds Category.
As judges we take our responsibility seriously and are committed to doing the best job possible. In judging, we follow:
Late registration (received after March 19, 2018) and unregistered “walk-in” entries on the day of the show will incur a late fee of $5.00 for each item entered into the show. If an exhibitor that preregistered their entries brings to the show additional entries, each non-preregistered entry will incur a late fee of $5.00.
We want every participant to have the best experience possible. In order for that to happen you should pay close attention to the following suggestions to help make that happen.
If you have any questions, contact the Competition Chair: Nancy Amburgey - email@example.com, please include SMGS Competition in the Subject Line.