Drake demonstrates carved gourds at Kentucky artisan center

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On June 11, Bonnie Drake, Bloomfield, will demonstrate carving gourds and how she attaches philodendron leaves to the rim of her gourds 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

In 1993, Drake stopped painting on canvas and began painting exclusively on gourds. She grows all her own gourds, more than 10,000 per year of some 20 different varieties. The gourds she most commonly uses are the Martin House Gourd, the Banana gourd, and the Apple gourd. Sometimes Drake cuts the top off the gourd to make a bowl; other times the gourd is left whole.

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