2019 Gourd and Fine Art Festival

Cat Gourd Photo

The 2019 Gourd and Fine Art Festival will be held in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley in Amador County, CA. It will be amongst several well-known wineries and held at the gorgeous Amador Flower Farm

There will be a Northern California Gourd Competition, 3 days of classes, vendors, fine art booths, a gourmet food truck, demonstrations throughout the weekend, and more!

Northern California Gourd Competition

During the festival, the California Gourd Society will be hosting their Northern California competition, with the prizes awarded to the best gourds in many categories, including:

  • Pyrography
  • Coloring Techniques
  • Filigree
  • Wildlife
  • No Limits
Joyce Campbell Indian gourd

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Festival Activities

  • classes from award-winning gourd artists
  • Northern California Gourd Competition
  • raffles

Contemporary Spirit Doll Gourd Photo
This stunning gourd will be a raffle prize.
  • gourmet food truck
  • vendors
  • demonstrations


The 2019 Gourd & Fine Art Festival will be held at the beautiful Amador Flower Farm in Plymouth, California.

Nearby Amenities

In addition to the festival, Amador County has many restaurants, places to see, and things to do. Some common locations are listed below, but you may also want to contact the Amador County Chamber of Commerce. Keep in mind that this is a popular time of year, so book early!


Amador Harvest Inn
(1.3 miles from the venue)
(209) 245-5512

Plymouth House Inn
(4.9 miles from the venue)
(209) 245-3298

Rest, a Boutique Hotel
(5.1 miles from the venue)
(209) 245-6315

Shenandoah Inn
(6.1 miles from the venue)
(209) 245-4491

Sutter Creek Inn
(13 miles from the venue)
(209) 267-5606

Days Inn
(13 miles from the venue)
(209) 267-9177

Best Western Amador Inn
(17 miles from the venue)
(209) 223-0211

Jackson Rancheria Hotel & Casino
(19 miles from the venue)
(209) 223-1677

RV Parks

Far Horizons 49er
(5.4 miles from the venue)
(209) 245-6981

Jackson Rancheria RV Park
(20 miles from the venue)
(209) 223-8358


Note: there are several restaurants relatively close to the venue, but none close enough to get lunch during a class lunch break. We will have a gourmet food truck onsite on Saturday and Sunday, but if you are taking a class on Friday, you are strongly suggested to either pack a lunch, or order a sandwich, which we will deliver to you.

Marlene & Glen’s Diner
(4.8 miles from the venue)
(209) 245-5778

(6 miles from the venue)
(209) 267-5507

Taste Restaurant
(6 miles from the venue)
(209) 245-3463

Amador Vintage Market
(6 miles from the venue)
(209) 245-3663

Buffalo Chips Diner
(14 miles from the venue)
(209) 267-0570

Jackson Rancheria Casino
(20 miles from the venue)
(209) 223-8401

Featured Instructors

Brenda Blackwelder

Dragonfly Vase Gourd Photo

Brenda has created art her entire life one way or another. In college, she found design to be her favorite. Over the years, she has worked in different medias, including wood burning and carving. After finding gourds, she fell in love!

Brenda enjoys using all of her learned skills to create art on

Joyce Campbell

Cut Leaves Vase Gourd Photo

Joyce Campbell had a chance meeting with gourds over 25 years ago, and it changed her life completely! Art was always a big part of her world, but there is something different about gourds. The gourd offers a gateway to many disciplines leading to endless possibilities. To master gourd art, she learned to wood burn, carve, coil, dye, filagree cut and so much more. Her time is now spent teaching, competing, doing gallery work and festivals, talking to a wide variety of groups and, some years, even growing her own manipulated gourds. Gourd art offers something for everyone at every level of expertise. It accommodates various styles and direction. That is quite a lot to say about a humble little gourd grown in your garden. It truly is Nature’s gift to the artist!

Rosario Wilke

Primavera Gourd Photo

Rosario Wilke’s designs are created using pyrography, a wood burning technique. In her work, she incorporates natural fibers, glass, precious stones or semi-precious stones, like turquoise, jade, coral, opal etc. Each piece is truly a work of art and no two pieces are exactly alike.

Rosario has been teaching for over ten years in different venues and around the country. A few of those venues are Tohono Chul National Botanical Garden (Tucson, AZ), Mingei International Museum (Balboa Park San Diego, Ca), Spanish Village Art Center, (Balboa Park San Diego, Ca), Wuertz Gourd Festival 2009 – 2015 (Casa Grande, AZ).

Featured Classes

Please explore our classes below. Note that class registration will begin on June 15th.

Friday Classes

Saturday Classes

Sunday Classes