Larilyn Gourd Art
Lynn and Larry Marvin are a husband and wife team who have been creating gourd art for approximately 14 years. They have resided at Priest Lake, ID for 35 years. Larry uses his technical skills to do all the cutting, fitting and leveling of the gourds. Lynn creates the designs and executes the painting, carving and weaving on the pieces.
A variety of mediums are used such as acrylics, ink dyes, alcohol dyes and water colors. Sea grass is a favorite to weave with and the pine needle basketry technique is always a compliment to the gourds. Mulberry papers are beautiful when they are incorporated as decoupage on a gourd. Many of Mother Nature’s treasures are used such as pods, acorns, pine cones, dried philodendron and special wood pieces found in the desert are always a unique addition. A wide variety of semi-precious stones are also used to inlay some gourds. Each piece is unique and "one of a kind."
Fourteen years ago Lynn and Larry were deeply involved in pottery and Raku. While wintering in Arizona and they saw an article about a lady that grew gourds and invited the public to her place. They found the farm and were utterly amazed at the huge variety of gourds. The lady shared some of her gourd art and that was all it took. That was the end of pottery and the beginning of gourd art. Through books and taking some classes it was obvious this art had never ending possibilities.
Their pieces have been on display at various galleries in the Pacific Northwest and they have also participated in various festivals for many years.
The Courtyard Gallery, Wenden, AZ
Autumn's Loft, Priest Lake, ID
The Tamrak Gift Store, Priest Lake, ID
Northwest Art Gallery, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Avenue West Gallery, Spokane, WA
The Studio Art Tour, Spokane, WA