My name is Beth Coheley and I do
gourd art comprised of works done by painting, woodburning, carving, and
a form of pyro engraving that I developed myself.
I spent a number of years painting
with oils, and other forms of art. Most of those years were spent
in the art of child rearing. With five little ones, that was about
all I did after my three year old painted my entire sun porch with cobalt
blue. Due to my duties as a mother I never had a lot of time to
study professionally. Thus, all of my ability is either inherited
I started with gourds almost three
years ago when I made my granddaughter a large jack-o-lantern. By
Christmas I was trying my hand at tree decorations. After that
there was no stopping me. I started showing and selling at local
craft shows. I went from there to the annual gourd show in Cullman,
Alabama where I became the proud recipient three award ribbons.
Shortly after, I was asked if I would do an article in the
Anniston Star about my gourds. Of course I accepted.
In the year of 2002, I was accepted
in the Art Gallery in Anniston, AL. I was recently asked if I would
consider being the subject of a newsletter produced by the
Alabama Gourd Society.
The honor I hold most dear was the
purchase of two of my gourds by the Honorable Secretary of State of