Friday, March 16, 2007

Gourd Art Exhibit on Display from March through April

Art pieces created from a stunning variety of gourds are now on display at the Buena Park Library District, located at 7150 La Palma Avenue in Buena Park, between Knott and Western Avenues. The decorative and utilitarian pieces, created by artist Fayme Harper, are on exhibit in the Library lobby now through the end of April 2007.

Objects on display range from musical instruments, such as the ocarina and guiro, to birdhouses, to fanciful creatures and gourds adorned with Celtic knot work. The artist states that her art designs have been inspired by her interest in “primitive archery and fantasy art.”

The artist said she fell in love with this medium four years ago after a visit to a farm in Fallbrook, California. The gourds are embellished with a wide variety of materials including paint, gold leaf, beads, Teneriffe weaving, and eggshells. Techniques such as carving and pyrography (the burning of the gourd) have also been employed. Harper states that all over the world, people have used hard-shelled gourds for centuries for eating and drinking vessels, musical instruments, sacred masks and costumes, and art.

Stop by the Buena Park Library and take in the amazing range of items that can be created from gourds. The Buena Park Library is open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For information, please call the Reference Desk at 714-826-4100, ext. 125.

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