Forget "out of the box." These artists are thinking "out of a gourd."
The latest exhibit at the Sandusky Cultural Center features gourd-inspired artwork from 17 artists, most of whom rarely paint pumpkins or sculpt squash but brought their unique talents to this one-of-a-kind show.
Most of the artwork is for sale with prices ranging from $10 for the smaller pieces to more than $1,000 for the most detailed work.
Cultural Center director Charles Mayer said the idea came from artist Stephanie Craig, who suggested it might be fun to give gourds to artists who don't normally work with gourds to see what they come up with.
"I thought it was a brilliant idea," Mayer said.
Featured in the exhibit are carved gourds from Peruvian artist Pablo Hurtado.
Hurtado's gourds are laced with painstaking detail, some depicting animals, plants and historical scenes. He sent hundreds of gourds, each carefully detailed, to the cultural center for the exhibit.
The largest carving, which features thousands of tiny human and animal figures, took about five months for Hurtado and his wife to complete. The carving is on sale for $1,500.
"They must never sleep," Mayer said with a laugh.
Hurtado will begin a week-long residency at the cultural center on May 11 to demonstrate his techniques.
David and Guilda Altman will demonstrate the drums they created from gourds at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cultural Center.
"Out of a Gourd" will be at the Sandusky Cultural Center, 2130 Hayes Ave., through May 18. The center is open from 1-4 p.m. Sunday through Friday.
For information, visit the Sandusky Cultural Center's web site at: sanduskyculturalcenter.org or call 419-625-1188.