Amador Gourd Competition
AMADOR GOURD ARTISTS in partnership with AMADOR FLOWER FARM
Presents
CALIFORNIA GOURD SOCIETY

September 5 & 6, 2020
22001 Shenandoah School Rd.
Plymouth, CA 95669

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• The competition is open to ALL.
• The entry fee is $6.00 for CGS members and $10 for all others.  One entry form needed for each entry. Make checks payable to CGS.
• Entries may be submitted in person on Thursday, September 3, between 9 am, and 4 pm and on Friday, September 4, 2020 from 9 am to 12 pm.
• Mailed entries are welcomed.  See DIRECTIONS FOR MAILED ENTRIES (bottom of page). 
• Mailed entries must arrive by August 31, 2020
• LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE JUDGED.
• Judging will take place on September 4, 2020 at 1 pm. The display will be available for viewing Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm.
• Release and pick up of entries will be from 3 pm to 4 pm on Sunday, September 6, 2020. All artwork not picked up at this time will become the property of CGS.
• CGS reserves the right to photograph each entry and use it in the promotion of CGS art competition.
• While every effort is made to provide security of items, the Amador Gourd Artists, the Amador Flower Farm, and the CGS are not responsible for damaged or lost items.
• The artist is responsible for placing his or her piece in the correct category. 
• Note: Please read category and division descriptions carefully.  Design your artwork to fit the category entered.

General Rules

1. Gourds must predominate 50% of the medium or technique(s) used on the crafted gourd surface that should represent the category entered.
2. Gourd previously entered in a CGS competition and judged by AGS guidelines are not permitted.
3. Craft/artwork for each entry must be the original work of the entrant.
4. Only one entry per category is permitted.
5. Judges reserve the right to disqualify or reassign entries that do not meet category criteria.
6. Copyright designs such as Disney characters or copies of other artists' work may not be used on entries unless the artist or copyright holder grants written permission. 
7. All participants agree to allow photographs to be taken of displayed items.
8. Not all categories are included in each Division. 
9. Category definitions may be the same for Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Masters, but will be judged according to
Division level.

Judging
The California Gourd Society will coordinate all judging.  Judging will follow the American Gourd Society judging guidelines and use AGS trained judges.  Scoring option "C" Verbal Consensus will be used. The originality of design, quality of craftsmanship, creativity and artistry, color and/or finish accessories, and decorative work will all be considered. A category with only one entry does not guarantee a 1st place ribbon.
Ribbons will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category. Judge's Choice, Best of Division and Best of Show will be awarded at the Judge's discretion. A People's Choice ribbon will be awarded by a vote of attendees of the Festival.
For questions regarding the competition, please contact Competition Chair Sylvia Nelson at: sylvianelson@citlink.net or phone 916-682-2437.

NOVICE DIVISION
The Novice Division is for those who are relatively new to the art form and have been working with gourds for three years or less. The entrant should have no extensive experience or expertise in any art form that has been used on an entry gourd, such as painting, carving, pyrography, etc. Thus, an entrant who has won a major award in any juried art show should move into the Intermediate Division. Participation in the Novice Division is limited to two years. Once you win a Blue ribbon in the Novice Division, you must move up to the next Division.

N-1   PATTERNS
Create a piece emphasizing the use of a pattern (or patterns). It may be a repetitive pattern, a recording pattern, an overall pattern. Any technique allowed. Any finish should still allow the patterns to predominate.
N-2   COLORING TECHNIQUES
Any coloring technique is acceptable if it is the predominant feature of the gourd. 
N-3   EMBELLISHMENTS
An entry in this category should be predominately decorated using items such as beads, clay, glass, stones, metal, inlay, pine needles, fiber, feathers, steampunk. Any technique allowed. Use your imagination; almost anything can be an embellishment.
N-4   SHOW US WHAT YOU CAN DO
This category is for a gourd that you wanted to do and does not fit in any other category. Let your imagination run free.

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION
The Intermediate Division is for those artists who understand and use basic techniques. Entrants should not have won a major award in a gourd show or a juried art show. They may have sold gourds but have not taught a gourd class for a fee.If you win a Blue Ribbon in a specific category, you must move up to the next Division in that category. If you have won 5 Blue Ribbons in the Intermediate Division, you must move up to Advanced Division. Once you win a Best of Division or Best of Show in this Division, you must move up to the Advanced Division.

I-5   PYROGRAPHY
Burning a design (line or shading) on a gourd with the use of any wood-burning tool. Any finish should still allow the pyrography to predominate. 
I-6   CARVING / FRETWORK / FILIGREE  
The gourd may be carved, chiseled, gouged, and/or have cut designs that penetrate the gourd surface. All techniques can be utilized.
I-7   LUMINARY/ LIGHT FIXTURES
Cut gourd with a light source (lamp, other lighted gourds).  Electrical outlets will be provided to display the lighted luminary. Any technique may be used.
I-8   VASES, BOWLS, OR CONTAINER
Any technique may be used. The gourd must be able to be used as a container.
I-9   NATURE'S WONDERS
Any technique or combination of techniques is allowed. Gourd design must represent any elements of nature.
I-10 MAKE THE JUDGES SMILE
Anything THAT BRINGS A SMILE TO OUR FACE OR HEART uses any technique.

ADVANCED DIVISION
The Advanced Division is for artists who have progressed to a more complicated level of work and have a good grasp of multiple techniques and finishing skills. They are creating more distinctive, original work and are ready to compete with a wider range of competitors. They may have taught a gourd class for a fee.

A-11   PYROGRAPHY
Burning a design (line or shading) on a gourd with the use of any wood-burning tool. Any finish should still allow the pyrography to predominate.
A-12   CARVING / FRETWORK / FILIGREE
The gourd may be carved, chiseled, gouged, and/or have cut designs that penetrate the surface. All techniques can be utilized.
A-13   COLORING TECHNIQUES
Any coloring technique is acceptable if it is the predominant feature on the gourd. 
A-14   NATURE'S WONDERS
Any technique or combination of techniques is allowed. Gourd design must represent any element(s) of nature.
A-15   PIECES OF ART
Create an art piece using multiple gourds or pieces of gourds. Any technique(s).
A-16   NO LIMITS
Take the gourd any direction your imagination guides you.  No limits on styles, mediums, or categories.

MASTER DIVISION
The Master Division is for the artist whose work shows excellent use of all techniques and finishing skills. The artist should have won "Best of Advanced Division" to move up to the Master Division. The work is of original design. Their work may have shown in galleries, won to awards in art/gourd competitions, and have reached the level of fine art.

M-17   ANY AND ALL
Design a special gourd using pyrography, carving, fretwork, decoration, painting, fiber, clay, quickwood, epoxy, or any combination of techniques. Gourd must include at least three (3) different techniques. PLEASE SPECIFY THE VARIOUS TECHNIQUES.
M-18   DAZZLE US
Take the gourd any direction your imagination guides you. No limit on styles, mediums, or techniques.

SPECIAL CATEGORY HONORING AMADOR FLOWER FARM
Open to all Divisions. The Amador Flower Farm staff will judge these gourds. The subject should relate to the Amador Flower Farm, exhibiting flowers, the koi pond, the oak trees, even the pumpkins. AGS rules for a perfect gourd will not apply. We are looking to honor Amador Flower Farm.

DIRECTIONS FOR MAILED ENTRIES
Northern California Gourd Society Competition
Must be received byMonday, August 31, 2020
Please mail to:
Sylvia Nelson
10311 Spiva Road
Sacramento, CA. 95829
Phone:916-682-2437
Email: sylvianelson@citlink.net

VERY IMPORTANT: MAILED ENTRIES THAT DO NOT FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES WILL NOT BE ENTERED IN THE COMPETITION.

HOW TO PACKAGE YOUR MAILED ENTRY - For Gourd Art Competition 2020
Mailed entries must be placed inside a box self-addressed to yourself with return postage affixed to the returning box (not cash, not loose stamps, not money order for stamps). Please package your gourd with enough packing protection to ensure a safe return. Place the box to be returned to you inside the box addressed to the address above. Only one entry per box.You must complete an entry form with all areas of the entry form filled in, along with a check for the dollar amount to cover each entry. If you have more than one entry, you may submit a check for all entries in Box 1 (please label it Box 1). Entry forms should go in the box with their entry.

  
 

 

Gourd Crafting Terms and Definitions

 

Accessories or Embellishments Any material added to the crafted gourd to complete the exhibit.

Artificial or Man-made Accessories/Embellishments Any material added to the crafted gourd that is not natural, such as artificial flowers, plastics, plastic eyes, or manufactured items.(See also Natural Accessories).

Artificial Sinew A waxed nylon imitation of natural sinew (animal tendon) used in beading, sometimes used in place of cotton thread. (Artificial sinew will be allowed on all entries).

Base A support or stand that holds a gourd at the proper angle or position. It may be metal, wood or a manufactured turn-table but the base will not be considered an accessory of the crafted gourd.

Basket A gourd with the top cut off with a carrying handle attached or cut so that part of the gourd remains to function as a handle.

Beading The technique of using beads to apply a design to gourd. Beads may be applied with beeswax, embedded in recessed holes, strung and wrapped around, or sewn to the gourd. Beads are made of plastic, glass, and/or natural material, i.e. shell, wood, clay or seeds.

Bowl A gourd with the top cut off (or some portion cut off) to give the appearance of a container.

Burned Using a Flame (i.e., small torch) to char or change the color of the gourd surface (See also Pyrography/Wood-burning.).

Carved The removal of a portion of the outer surface of the shell of a gourd, exposing the undersurface to create a design or texture in relief, usually done with a power tool.

Chip Carving Carving done with gouging tools to “chip” out small pieces of gourd to create a pattern or design on the surface of the gourd.

Clear Finish Any furnish, such as varnish, shellac, wax or oil, which enhances the overall appearance of the gourd but adds no color (except the slight natural darkening that may occur).

Coiled Use of pine needles or grasses (or other natural materials), wrapped and held in place by thread, raffia or sinew to cover rims of bowls or create designs on gourds.

Color/Coloring Using any medium that adds to, enhances, or changes the natural appearance of the gourd’s surface. Some examples of color media are stains, dyes, inks, oil pastel pencils, crayons, colored pencils, felt tip pens, acrylic paints, oil paints, watercolors, colored waxes, etc.

Cut Gourd Cutting all the way through the gourd shell to create a hole or opening (as opposed to surface cuts as in carving). The cut or openings are incorporated into the design.

Embellishment/Accessories Any material that is added to the gourd to enhance the overall design and appearance of the gourd. (See also Artificial Accessories and Natural Accessories).

Fretwork An intricate, interlaced, decorative design (of holes or other shapes) cut into and through the shell of the gourd, usually done with power tools.

Functional An item fashioned to be used.  For example, a gourd pitcher that actually holds water and has a functional spout and handle.

Medium/Media Material used for artistic expression, such as paint, dye, ink, etc.

Natural Accessories Any material added to the crafted gourd that is natural. Examples include linen/cotton thread, grasses, pine needles, seeds pods, shells, stones, bone, feathers, etc.

Pyrography/Wood-burning Burning a design (lines and shading) on a gourd with the use of an electric wood-burning tool.

Predominate The word “predominate” (when used in Competition Class description to indicate the amount of medium or technique to be used on the crafted gourd) means that the majority of the crafted gourd surface should exhibit the required medium or technique.

Weaving Interlacing various materials attached to the gourd, such as grasses, cords, natural fibers, etc.


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