2024 Gourd Art Festival Workshops

The Show-Me Missouri Art Festival is known for its variety and quality of workshops offered throughout the weekend. We are sure the 2024 year's selection of workshops will be amazing. 


New for 2024, we are inviting artists from many disciplines, such as Fiber, Clay, Wood Workers, Basket Makers, Painters, Leather Workers, Metal Workers, and Multimedia to join our Gourd Artists and participate in the Show-Me Gourd Society Art Festival. Workshops will begin Friday June 28th.The festival is open to the public on Saturday June 29 8:00am-5:30pm and Sunday June 30 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 


Watch this website for workshop announcements and availability. Registration for workshops is expected to begin by March 15.


The last day to register for workshops online is the Monday prior to the SMGS Festival. After this date workshop registrations will be taken on a walk in basis, according to availability at the SMGS Festival. Registrations for non-canceled classes will still be accepted up to and during the festival, provided the teacher is able to accommodate walk-ins.


Things to know:


  • The teachers set a minimum number of students required in order to accommodate their time and travel expenses. A workshop registration deadline is also set. The current registration counts will be conveyed to teachers on Friday, 4 weeks prior to the festival. If the teacher’s minimum has not been met, they may decide to cancel that workshop. If a teacher decides to cancel a workshop, SMGS asks to be notified by Wednesday of the following week. Anyone who has previously registered and paid online for a canceled class will be contacted and refunds will be made. (See SMGS Refund Policy below.)
  • Note: Teachers must use their own original artwork or obtain written permission to teach from original creator.

 Questions? Contact Toni Mickle



SMGS Refund Policy


Students registered for any teacher/SMGS cancelled workshop will be notified of the cancellation and their full registration fee will be refunded. Cancelled classes will be removed from the website and students will be encouraged to enroll in another class.


All classes should be cancelled individually and refunded individually. If SMGS cancels a class, students receive a full refund. If students cancel a class they receive a refund minus a $5.00 processing fee—as long as they request the refund prior to the refund deadline.


If a student wishes to cancel out of a class they need to email the Workshop Coordinator.  The Coordinator will work with the SMGS Treasurer to process the request for a cancellation/refund (minus a $5.00 processing fee).   Any cancellation/refund requests received after 2 weeks prior to the SMGS Festival will be processed on a case by case basis and are not guaranteed.  Refunds may not be processed until after the SMGS Festival. 


If a student wishes to cancel out of one workshop and register for a different workshop they must do so in two separate steps: 1) Email Workshop Coordinator a cancellation/refund request and 2) register and pay online for the new class.  Due to the variances in class fees,  previously paid registration fees will not be transferred from one class to another.


No-show students will have up to one week after the festival to request a refund by contacting the Workshop Coordinator.  The board will decide on a case by case basis, as we all realize there are unavoidable circumstances, such as serious injury or family crisis.


Unclaimed fees for students who do not show up or contact the workshop coordinators within one week will be dispersed between SMGS and the teacher.  SMGS will retain the workshop fee ($6, $12, $18) and the remainder will go to the teacher.


There may be final adjustments to this policy.


Gourd Society questions? Contact: Madonna Watermon, SMGS president

 SMGS Website questions? Contact: Lynda Roberson



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