Artist Profile

Ceil Rossi, Carefree Gourd Gallery

Medium: Dimensional Gourds

Description:  Thick California gourd, cut, carved, painted and woodburned into beautiful art

FROM FIELD TO FINE ART Living in the Southwest for 26 years Ceil discovered the magic of creating art on a hard shell-gourd. These hard-shelled gourds have a smooth buttery skin with varying shapes and are like working on wood and canvas at the same time. But, instead of being a flat canvas the gourd is 3-dimensional and can be carved, wood-burned and cut into a unique piece of art. After taking lessons from well-known gourd artists in Arizona, she opened the Carefree Gourd Gallery in Carefree, Arizona offering classes and selling at juried fine art shows. The tranquility of the surrounding desert, the open spaces and desert flora became the inspiration for her art. She created sculptures for the southwest collector and also extended her scope to include contemporary, oriental, carved and floral designs. Recently, she has returned to Western Massachusetts and her art reflects a more New England style. She also lectures on the art, history and culture of gourds to organizations, such as garden clubs, art and women’s clubs. By bringing examples of different types of gourds to the lectures the audience is able to better understand the scope of what the gourd has contributed to mankind over the centuries -President of the Southwest Gourd Association -Juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance, American Gourd Society, Thunderbird Artists, Sonoran Art League -Member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Agawam -Member of the Agawam Community Artists, Chairperson of Art About Town and newsletter -Appeared on Channel 3 and 15 in Arizona and recently on MassAppeal Channel 22 in Springfield demonstrating gourd art. -Participated in the Paradise City Arts Festival, Mattoon Art Fair, Old Deerfield Craft Show, Profiled in June 2013 “Preview Massachusetts” magazine and GOLocal Magazine 2015. CEIL ROSSI 75 SIMPSON CIRCLE AGAWAM, MA. 01001 (413) 207-1247 TOCAREFREE2@HOTMAIL.COM WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/CAREFREEGOURDGALLERY

Tour Location: Union Station



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