BIG STONE GAP, Va. — Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park continues its annual Artisan Series of programs with the September theme of “Gourd Artistry,” hosted by Chris Jones. The workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 21 in the park’s administrative offices building.
Participants who register for “Gourd Artistry” will join Jones for a fun-filled evening while learning some techniques about gourd artistry from drying and preparing the gourd to the final finishing coat. Each person will create their own one-of-a-kind work of art. Due to the nature of this program, participation is limited to age 16 and above.
Jones has been working with gourds for over four years and has completed over 3,000 gourds. Many of his gourds are on display throughout the Southwest Virginia area including the Southwest Virginia Museum’s “Gallery in the Gap” Artisan Gallery. He also has gourds on display at the Heartwood Center in Abingdon, Virginia. He has a retail store in Norton, “Vic’s Decorating,” which has been in business for over 30 years.
The fee for “Gourd Artistry” is $20 per person. All supplies and materials are included. Registration and payment deadline for the workshop is Sept. 18 by 4 p.m. Seating is limited.
The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park’s Artisan Series will offer a craft project on the third Monday of every month from March through December, providing visitors with opportunities to create handmade crafts with regional artisans.
To register or for more information about upcoming workshops, contact the park at 276-523-1322.