We are going to start a new weekly feature, Artsy Fartsy Tuesday. Funny name I know, but it gets jokingly thrown around our house a lot. This first week is a feauture on a good friend of ours. She has known my dad for quite some time, and she and her husband are the best people.Mary Hogue is a gourd artist. She began creating works of art from the simple gourd in 1997. Using several different techniques, her gourds are unique works of art. She loves the large variety of shapes, sizes, styles and the methods and types of art that can be done. Gourds can be functional or simply just gourgeous to look at. Mary is a self taught artist, and likes experimenting with new ideas. In 2001 she began teaching classes at her studio in Utah, and has had many talented students. Mary has gourds for sale in galleries throughout New Mexico, Park City Utah and in The Smithsonian in Washington, DC. She has sold her art at shows in Arizona, California and Utah and has also entered many art shows and won cash awards and lots of ribbons. Mary plans to continue to push the envelope towards outdoing the last masterpiece she did. It was a giant bushel gourd with carved maple leaves (150 plus hours) called Maple Symphony. It is listed under new works on her website.
Please visit Marys website for more pictures and information.http://www.gourd-art.com/index.html