By Theresa Tyler
Hello every gourd friend! Hope everyone has had an enjoyable summer thus far. I was quite hoping to have this information out sooner but we all know how those things go sometimes. For those that were unable to attend the all members meeting that was held at the 2017 festival in April, we have decided on a fun new fundraising option. Of course we need the help of our awesome members to make this happen. We are hoping to make our 20th year anniversary a spectacular event.
We have decided to have a silent auction this year with gourd ornaments. We would like those that can, to make between 1-3 ornaments to be put into a silent auction for the upcoming 2018 Festival. These ornaments will be hung for display on a “tree” at the festival. Festival goers will be able to view all the gourd ornaments and place their silent bids on their favorite pieces. Now of course there are some specific ways this needs to be approached, in order to have a nice consistency with our ornaments.
First of all, I would like everyone to understand that when we call these ornaments, we are not specifically thinking of Christmas Ornaments. Think more of an “ornament size”. As far as how everyone would like to make, decorate, paint, sculpt, burn etc., we would really love to see a representation of each artist “work”. So, basically do your thing. Every single artist we know puts his or her own spin on what gourd art is and that’s why we love what we do.
Every ornament must have some way to hang it properly from a hook. Please have an eyehook or something similar attached and properly secured. We do not want to have any beautiful pieces broken because they fell off of the tree. That would be heartbreaking!
There is a size requirement due to the fact that we will be hanging these for display. We are looking for no larger than softball size or if your gourd choice is a longer one, (like a small banana shape) then no more than 6-8 inches long. Now please do not worry if your gourd choice winds up being too large for our tree. We will simply move your wonderful donated creation over to the live auction. I am including some pictures of good “ornament” sizes you can use for a reference at the end of this article.
If you are unsure as to what you would like to “do” on or with your ornaments, I would like to encourage you to think about our past shows. If there was a particular theme from our past 20years that you found enjoyable, go for it. We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary after all!
Finally, there will be a need for us to know how many ornaments we are going to be hanging. Please let me know how many you can donate by February 1st 2018. (Up to 3 per person) I would also like to encourage you, to encourage your friends to get involved. There is no rule that the person must be a member in order to donate to our awesome cause! If you have friends that would like to get in on the fun then there is nothing stopping them.
I will send a reminder email out, as time gets closer. Thanks for helping us get to 20 years!
Blessings to you and yours,
Please contact Theresa Tyler when you know how many you will donate or with any questions you may have. Theresa’s email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org