Nevada Gourd Society’s Silver State Art Festival set for Sept. 15-16 |

Nevada Gourd Society’s Silver State Art Festival set for Sept. 15-16

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This photo by Fred Howland will be among the at featured at this year's festival.

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The 2018 Silver State Art Festival, sponsored by the Nevada Gourd Society, is scheduled for Sept. 15-16 in Carson City.

The festival is a gathering of gourd artists, basket makers, wood artists, photographers and painters from all over the Southwest. Artists will be in attendance to share and sell their work.

“This will be a fun and educational festival for all who want to know more about the world of the natural arts,” according to a press release provided by the Nevada Gourd Society. “As a nonprofit organization, our mission is to educate and share our talents with the community. We also believe in supporting other organizations in our community.”

With that in mind, in addition to art for sale, the festival will raffle off over 40 donated items from artists and community members, with proceeds benefiting Advocates to End Domestic Violence (AEDV).

Last year’s raffle raised $1,000 for Northern Nevada nonprofit Kids and Horses, $500 the Holiday with a Hero program.

In addition to the festival, the Nevada Gourd Society will offer three days (Sept, 14, 15 and 16) of classes “on how to create art with gourds, how to weave a basket and even how to create a rope bowl,” according to the press release.

“Our experienced instructors will be sharing their knowledge in many different techniques, (including) carving, dyeing and woodburning a gourd, weaving, and even basic woodturning,” officials said.

Go to for the full list of classes.

The festival is being held at the Fuji Exhibit Hall in Carson City (across from Costco).

The Nevada Gourd Society was established in 2016 and currently has over 100 members. Within the Society, the Great Basin Gourd Patch represents Northern Nevada and the Pahrump Valley Gourd Patch represents Southern Nevada. Go to to learn more.