The holiday season was so much fun with the WeHa Artists Emporium Pop-Up Event that was held in the middle of December in a wonderful space on Park Rd. in West Hartford. Plenty of space and light for 20 of us artists, and plenty of room for all those lovely friends to wander leisurely without feeling crowded. Big thanks to Stefanie Marco Lantz, Phyllis Meredith, and Julie Phillips for putting it all together, and for getting me in at the last minute! It was an unforgettable experience.
I am taking somewhat of a break, but I have a feeling not for long! It’s funny how all of a sudden there can be such interest in a gourd. Recently someone had seen my website and wanted a bowl (like the one pictured below) in the same colors. I had red ones in stock, but no blue-green ones. I made one for her, she showed it to her colleagues and now I’ve got a few orders going for that same bowl!
I will be working on this website so that you’ll be able to see what I have in stock at any given moment. I also have been thinking that it would be very important to show you what I’ve sold so that you can order something that you see and I can try to accommodate your wishes!
I’m working on a few commissioned gourds at the moment, too. All behind the scenes activity… but soon I will announce where I’ll be next with the new lines.
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Some exciting news: My article on “Decorating Gourds” was just published in the May 2016 issue of the Connecticut Horticultural Society Newsletter. It was a real pleasure to work with Barbara Skomorowski, the CHS Director of Communications on this. Originally she had asked me to also write about growing gourds. I had to be honest and say I knew nothing about growing them, especially here in CT, so I’m very happy that she found Michael Russo, the owner of Trout Lily Farm in CT, to share his expertise about that! [The CHS May 2016 newsletter]
These were my gourds on display at the West Hartford Public Library during February and March of 2015. I’m so grateful for the encouragement to get some of my gourds finished, and out into the world. For those of you who are artists, you know that can be a risky thing — bringing your work out into full view.
Here is an article from We-Ha.com about my work with gourds, written by Joy Taylor.