Local CFAC to offer gourd class, welcomes Arizona artist Katie Woods



Arizona gourd artist Katie Woods will teach a class on painting gourds on August 8th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register now at the Community Fine Arts Center as space is limited for this unique opportunity. A Community Fine Arts Center photo.

ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING (June 29, 2020) — The Community Fine Arts Center will be changing exhibits late July, welcoming Arizona artist Katie Woods.

Woods is sharing her gourd art for the first time in Wyoming and is excited to teach her method of painting on this natural “canvas.”  Registrations are being taken now for the class which will be held August 8th at 9 a.m. at White Mountain Library.

Woods runs Kate’s Kreations in Arizona where she lives with her husband of 52 years, Jerry Woods.

She has worked in a variety of artwork over the years, including drawing, sewing, quilting, doll making, crocheting, toll painting, and stained glass.


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Winning a blue ribbon in the County Fair at around age 10 for a charcoal drawing, set her on a path that leads to her current work.

Twelve years ago she picked up her first gourd and hasn’t tired of them yet.

“Gourds have kept my interest for so long because you can create so many different things with them. Gourds come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from tiny little jewelry gourds that look like a peanut to huge bushel gourds,” said Woods.

She uses several techniques in her gourd designs from carving and wood burning, to painting with inks and acrylic paint.

The four-hour class will include demonstrations of wood-burning and carving along with step-by-step instructions for painting a gourd.

The CFAC is covering most of the normal class fee to encourage community members to participate.

All supplies are included and participants will leave with a completed gourd.


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“This is a wonderful introduction to gourd art that anyone can enjoy,” said Debora Soule, CFAC director.

“Bringing in new artists with art styles we haven’t exhibited before is one of the reasons I love working for the CFAC. Especially at this time, we need art and culture to lift us up.”

The class will practice social distancing and masks are requested especially when distance cannot be maintained during the class.

The CFAC and Sweetwater County Library System are following CDC and county health department guidelines to ensure a safe environment.

For more information and to register, visit or call the CFAC or you may email questions to [email protected]

The public is invited to see the permanent collection on display.

Located at 400 C Street in Rock Springs, the CFAC is a department of the Sweetwater County Library System.

Hours at the center are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m.


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