A basic class in the art of pine needle gourding will be offered May 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City. Students will create a beautiful bowl painted in a wash of archival ink and topped by tightly stitched coils of long pine needles held together with artificial sinew. Students will finish their projects during class. Attendance is limited to six, so call quickly to reserve your seat.
Teaching the class will be Judy Kelley, a Muskogee native who translates her passion for the cultures and colors of the West into creating exquisite pine needle gourds that can be found in homes from San Diego to Vermont. She is represented by JRB Art at the Elms in Oklahoma City, Our Favorite Place in Eufaula and Wilcox Gallery in Jackson, Wyoming. Judy lives in Oklahoma City. Her website is www.jkgourdworks.com.
The Pioneer Woman Museum was dedicated on September 15, 1958. The museum preserves the legacy of women from all races, creeds and nationalities who have contributed to the development of Oklahoma. The museum is located at 701 Monument Rd. in Ponca City and is open Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $1 for children.