What is the purpose of the Channel Islands Gourd Society (CIGS)?
To enhance your art experience via a wonderful medium, THE GOURD.
What is the Mission of the Channel Islands Gourd Society?
offer interested persons information about the culture, use,
history, horticulture of gourds, create gourd artistry and share
art and what you learn with others.
When are the CIGS meetings held?
Third Wednesday of each month at the Santa Rosa Valley Clubhouse
11701 E. Las Posas Road, Santa Rosa Valley, CA (See
What is included in a typical meeting?
Short business meeting followed by a class taught by
a member demonstrating
a particular technique. A sample will be on display
the month prior to the class. The class and materials needed will
in the newsletter.
What tools are needed to begin Gourd Art?
novice gourd crafter can begin with the following items:
- An inexpensive wood
- Acrylic Paints
- Leather Dyes
- Exacto Knife
What are the fees for attending meetings / classes?
There is no fee to attend your first
meeting. To join the Channel Islands Gourd Society, we charge
a $25 yearly fee per person
or a $30 yearly fee per family.
CIGS membership fees also include membership in the California
Does CIGS have a newsletter?
The CIGS newsletter "The
Gourd Vine" is published monthly.
The California Gourd Society newsletter
is published quarterly which provides:
- Gourd event happenings throughout the state
- Product purchasing information
- Gourd purchasing sites
What community events does CIGS host?
Every year CIGS holds it's annual Spring
- Usually held in May.
- Member Gourd Art is offered for sale
- Gourd Art demonstrations are offered by members
- Entertainment during the day
- Gourd Art donated by members is raffled during the day
- Open to the public
What participation does CIGS have at the Ventura County Fair?
Every year we have a large number of volunteers host our booth
field questions from fairgoers. Our members participate in
Gourd Art display in a booth
- Gourd Art competition
- Gourd Art demonstrations at the Agriculture and the Arts & Crafts
Where can Gourd Art be sold?
Members have found success in selling and displaying their
- Street Fairs
- Harvest Festivals
you have a question that was not answered here,
please don't hesistate to contact us for more information.
President and Regional Coordinator