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Margie Lopez Read: Fundamentals of Decorating Gourds

September 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

NOTE:  $20 fee to be donated to festival.  Suitable for ages 1 and up.  Limited to 10 participants. RSVP to info@escalantecanyonsartfestival.org to reserve a space.

Participants will learn about the history and use of gourds and various techniques that have been used to make art out of gourds.  Basic methodologies will be demonstrated and 

participants can try them out.  These include cleaning and carving gourds, as well as painting, dying and embossing.  Each individual will finish the workshop with their own piece of decorated gourd that they may take home.  

NOTE: Participants must wear old clothes or protective art aprons.  Individuals with very sensitive skin may wish to bring latex gloves, or not use the leather dye.  If participants own wood-burning or carving tools, please bring them, but this is not mandatory.  We will share.

Margie started painting at a young age, indulging in a variety of media. Although most of her art has been 2-dimensional, she spent 14 years developing skills in decorating gourds. Margie has participated in a number of shows but competition is not her main goal.  Her priorities are to use art for something permanently meaningful to help others live better.  This is why she created “Donation Art”.  Her work is traded for a check to a worthwhile non-profit organization.  For the September 2019 Escalante Canyons Arts Festival, 100% of painting sales or workshop fees will be donated to the festival. Margie Lopez Read currently has paintings on exhibit at Gallery Moab, the MARC (Moab Arts and Recreation), in the departure room at Moab Airport, in Bluff at Bears Ears Education Center, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, and in the permanent collection at the Little Log Church and Museum of Yachats, Oregon.  See more of Margie’s work here.


September 28, 2019
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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