Award-winning local gourd artist, Cat McGavin, will be having a workshop to create fall-themed gourd art at the Lee Academy for the Arts on Saturday, June 23, from 12:30 - 4:30 PM. Class participants will wood burn and color butterflies onto a prepared gourd bowl. Class fee includes all materials which will be provided by the instructor. Class fee: $45.
Maximum of 8 students. Participants must be 18  years of age or older. Register:  Click here


Instructor Bio

Cat McGavin, an award winning gourd artist, has also taught the craft on numerous occasions both here in Tennessee and in California. A California native, Cat moved to Paris, TN in 2015. She has been doing gourd art for over a decade. Although her primary focus is using nature in her gourd work, either as a subject or with addition of natural materials like feathers, pine needles or stones, she continues to learn new techniques. She notes that since the hard-shell gourd dries into a wood-like finish, it can be treated like wood in many ways. She wood burns, stains, carves, weaves, and paints on the gourds.

McGavin participates in the Annual Artists Showcase held by the Paris-Henry County Arts Council and the Arts 'Round the Square event organized by the Downtown Paris Association. She is a member of the Tennessee River Fine Arts League and a number of other local organizations.