The 10th annual Gourd Artists Gathering and Art Festival will be held at the fairgrounds in Cherokee from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 1 and 2, and 9 a.m. to noon on June 3.
The festival has attracted a large amount of interest from artists and organizations worldwide, and this year’s theme is “Celebrating the Gourd Life.” Hundreds of artists from around the country will be meeting to share ideas and experiences about gourd art and techniques. There is no admission fee to attend the festival, but there will be classes with a small registration fee. Visitors are encouraged add their own artwork to gourds that will be auctioned. The auction will take place at 8 p.m. on June 2. There will also be a musical instrument project that includes constructing and decorating a gopiyantra, which is an instrument with a gourd drum from India and Bangladesh.