gourd Scottsdale, AZ
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Penny Deshur

Penny Deshur earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and Master of Arts Degree in Remedial Reading from the University of Wisconsin. She taught first grade and remedial reading and cultivated an interest in genealogy. Penny also became involved in the community, volunteering as a docent in a museum, and programing and raising funds for a variety of organizations. Though she had no formal art education, she attended many workshops, learning to knit, crochet, hook rugs, paint, weave, decorate cakes, build miniature rooms, construct mosaics and carve gourds. She is a member of the Sonoran Arts League, the Arizona Gourd Society and the American Gourd Society. Her gourds have been exhibited at the Sonoran Arts League Gallery as well as the Weurtz Gourd Festival where she won several first prizes, as well as best in the novice wood burning division and the American Gourd Society Artistic Award for one of her pieces. I thank my artist mother for sharing some of her artistic DNA with me.