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 Attention gourd-heads, newbie’s, masters and everyone in between. We’ve added a monthly feature to GAE. Come join in the fun. The theme provides the inspiration – you provide the vision. What a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bonnie Gibson Nov 6, 2015.


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What is your interest in gourds? Please be specific - one word answers will not be accepted. We block all potential spammers. YOU MUST use both your first and last name on your profile or we will not approve your membership.
Barbara Marshall is the GAE challenge coordinator and GAE member. Working with gourds for over 15 years and the biggest inspiration was taking carving lessons from Bonnie Gibson.
Advice to others: When working with any form of art...never stop taking lessons from talented instructors. Never stop learning!


 CONGRATULATIONS TO JILL ATWOOD FOR WINNING THE LAST MONTHLY GAE CHALLENGE "WORLD TRAVELS"  Jill regularly submits entries of her beautiful gourd creations.  For "World Travels" Jill created a gourd titled "Beijing Dragon" depicting her travels to Beijing, China.

Jill will receive a set of templates donated by the amazing Miriam Joy!

We'll be waiting to see a photo of how Jill uses the templates.  And we'll also be waiting to see more entries for our March "EASTER CREATIONS".



Quarter 2 2016 - "Viva Mexico!" 

Gourds can be painted, stained, carved, embellished or wood burned with any designs or patterns that have a Mexican flair.  Please send only one photo of your favorite gourd creation to Barbara Marshall, challenge coordinator at GAEchallenge@yahoo.com.  And please wait for the coordinator to post the pictures.  Thanks!

GAE Challenge RULES

  1. Send ONE photo; Please do not send several and ask your challenge coordinator to pick one. One composite photo is also acceptable if you know how to create one.
  • JPG format no larger than 1MB please.
  • Place "GAE PHOTO" and the theme of the month in the subject line of email - eg. "GAE PHOTO-Let It Snow"
  • Include your FIRST and LAST NAME
  • Include a Title and Brief Description of your work.

     2.  Send to- Barbara Marshall, at gaechallenge@yahoo.com. 

Your entry must be work that has NOT already been posted on GAE.  PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR CHALLENGE ENTRY.  The challenge coordinator will post the photo – this will reduce the risk of possible duplicate photos on the website.

2016 1st Quarter GAE Challenge Prize

We are fortunate to have Miriam Joy once again donate "Large and Small Circle Templates" for this quarter's GAE Challenge selection.  "Miriam Joy's Craft Templates - Use a Craft Template for more precise patterns for your Gourd Artwork!   http://www.miriamjoy.com

To add to the fun, the recipient of the prize is asked to create a gourd art piece using the templates – It will be wonderful to see what gets created by this amazing group of artists!  Checkout Miriam's YouTube site for helpful tips https://www.youtube.com/user/Miriamjoy123.

Past Challenges

October/November -"World Travels"

Travel-themed gourds

September - "Red, Orange and Yellow"

Fall-themed gourds

August-“Sailing Along”

Nautically themed artwork


Gourds that “sparkle” like fireworks, celebrating “Independence Days” worldwide

June-“Garden Party”

Gourd gardens and/or gourd garden houses. 

May-“Tea Time”

Teapots created from gourds with handles and lids.


Decorated egg-shaped gourds or gourds as decorated eggs.

March-Heritage Month: Asian Floral Patterns & Motifs

Asia/Pacific Island floral patterns/motifs.

February-“Year of the Sheep”

Gourds that incorporate the Lunar New Year theme.

January-Furry Creatures

Gourd artwork showing off our furry friends.

 Cheers … Barbara

GAE Challenge Coordinator

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At 2:09pm on November 7, 2015, Bonnie Gibson said…

Welcome to our new Challenge Coordinator, Barbara Marshall, and many thanks for taking over the duties from Gloria!

At 12:58pm on November 7, 2015, GAE Challenge said…

I want to thank everyone for a a great time as your GAE Challenge coordinator.  Barbara Marshall will be taking over for me as I am going to focus on my other art endeavors (my paintings are selling!!!)  See you around the gourd patch!  Cheer .. Gloria

At 7:15am on May 01, 2013, Joyce Laverty gave GAE Challenge a gift

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