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Spirit of the Desert Gourd Patch news

Colleen McKnight Spirit of the Desert Gourd Patch is starting the new year off on a run. January was a VERY busy month for us gourders. As a patch, we’re preparing to host the Arizona Gourds Society’s annual competition at the Wuertz Gourd Festival in Casa Grande, February 9-11. Over 220 entries are expected into…

Spirit of the Desert Gourd Patch news

Spirit of the Desert gourd patch ended the year with a fantastic Christmas party at Poolside in Oakwood. Wonderful food and a gourd ornament gift exchange were the highlights. Getting together socially and sharing is a key part of our group. The patch starts the new year with new officers. Colleen McKnight will serve as…

Best in show

Our patch President Vicki McKenna became a Grand Master in February after winning Sponsor’s Choice, Best Living Figure in the Masters Division, Best of Division and Best of Show at the 2017 Arizona Gourd Society competition. Well deserved for a fabulous artist, leader and mentor. Congratulations, Vickie!

Colleen McKnight Spirit of the Desert Gourd patch had a big sale right about the time you received this paper. On Friday, March 31, in the lobby of Sun Lakes Country Club, about half of our 50-member club displayed and sold gourd art. We were open from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Maybe you can still come; if…

Spirit of the Desert Gourd Patch sale – March 31

This is one of two beautiful hanging gourd quilts made by all the members of the Sprit Desert Gourd patch. Last month at the Running of The Gourds festival in Casa Grande, one was donated for a fund raiser; the other was sold in our patch’s booth.

March brings a much-needed break to our members after a great four-day festival in Casa Grande February 9-12. Over 8,000 people attended the event at the Pinal County Fairground. One hundred ninety-seven gourds were entered into the Arizona Gourd Society state competition, of which we were in charge. Hundreds of volunteer hours go into planning…

History of the Spirit of the Desert Gourd Patch

The wonderful artist, Sun Lakes resident Sally Kiste, is considered the founder of our gourd patch, Spirit of the Desert, in 2004. Sally is still an active member and mentor.

Colleen McKnight Spirit of the Desert Gourd Patch was created 12 years ago when several creative, outgoing people got together. Artists of all types enjoy working together to learn each other’s skills, as well to be surrounded by inspiration. That was the start of Spirit of Desert gourd patch. In about 2003 Sally Kiste was…