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About Cyndee Newick

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2013 Art Shows

Oshman Family Jewish    Community Center
     Featured Artist, May 2013
     3921 Fabian Way   Palo Alto
     (650) 223-8700

Silicon Valley Open Studios
   Dry Creek Artisans

    876 Dry Creek Rd. in Campbell
    May 18 and 19

Gallery Saratoga
 14435 Big Basin Way    Saratoga
   Featured Artist,  August 2013

 Calabash Gourd Festival
   Uesugi Farms
   14485 Monterey Rd, San Martin

 Montalvo Art Center
   Yuletide Marketplace

    Villa Montalvo in Saratoga

Artifactory Holiday Show
   Hoover House (Girl Scout House)
   1120 Hopkins, Palo Alto, Ca.

Why Gourds?

I have explored many art mediums over the years, but found most of them too limiting. I tried painting but quickly grew bored with the rectangular, flat surface.  I wanted texture.  I wanted to cut up the canvas into shapes.  I wanted the canvas to be something it wasn't. I wanted something natural, organic and versatile.

In 1996 I saw some simple gourd projects in a craft book.  I could immediately see the potential. The more I learned, the more I knew gourds fit in with most of my major interests - archaeology, mythology nature, wildlife, playing music and organic gardening.

Artistically, gourds are versatile.  Most art mediums can be applied to gourds, and techniques such as pyrography, carving and chipping can be used. Gourds are challenging.  Each gourd is unique in shape, size and density.

Cyndee Newick at Triton Museum
      AvArtFest 2004 Triton Museum of Art 
    Source: Campbell Reporter, 6/04

Gourd art isn't for the perfectionist.  A gourd artist must be flexible and willing to accept surface blemishes and irregular shapes, incorporating these inconsistencies into the work.  Each art piece is unique and can never be duplicated.

I live in California with my husband, 2 large rescue dogs and 2 rescue cats.  I am active in the community caring for pets, organic gardening, creating club newsletters and websites.  I play flute in the Saratoga Community BandEvery moment is an act of creation.  Why gourds?  Why not?


Related Art Activities
Newsletter/ Communications Coordinator, Calabash Club of Silicon Valley
Show Coordinator, Gourd Artist Guild
Show Coordinator, Calabsh Club of Silicon Valley
B.S. Recreation and Leisure Studies, San Jose State University, 1982
 Member, California Gourd Society
  Member, San Francisco Bay Area Etsy Team
 Member, Saratoga Community Band
 Member, Harpers Hall and Culinary Society

  Carousel Gourd

Gourd Fever Artist feature, September 2012.pdf
 Campbell Reporter, Triton Museum AvArtFest, 2004
California Gourd Society, 2006, Carousel Gourd
   Judges Award
   Second Place
Environmental Volunteers Birds and Blooms Birdhouse Auction 
  Green Man Birdhouse, Best of Show, 2008
Almaden Art & Wine Festival 2011, First Place Art category

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