FROM FIELD TO FINE ART: CEIL ROSSI GOURD ARTIST
Ceil Rossi lived in Arizona for over 30 years and it was during this time she discovered gourds, the magical art form of the southwest.
Her earthy artwork is grown from the ground and it’s these hard shelled vessels that have perpetuated her passion for art. A unique medium for any New England artist, nature’s pottery has helped Ceil Rossi of Agawam nurture her creativity.
The gourd has a smooth buttery skin with varying shapes and it is like working on wood and canvas at the same time. But, instead of being a flat canvas, the gourd is a 3-dimensional art form that can be carved, wood-burned, and painted. The paints that Ceil uses are transparent ink dyes, you can see the mottled skin of the gourd. “You don’t want to cover up the skin of the gourd with heavy acrylic paint because it’s part of the beauty of that gourd,” says Ceil.
She learned from the best, taking classes from well-known gourd artists from the Southwest, Ceil became a respected member of the gourd artist community. She then opened her own gallery, The Carefree Gourd Gallery and teaching studio in the quaint town of Carefree, Arizona.
She is a member of the Agawam Community Artists and Artisans and Agawam Cultural Council.
Her work can be seen in several galleries around Massachusetts and Connecticut and she has participated and won honors in several fine art shows, such as Paradise City, Northampton, Ma. Open Studio Hartford, Mattoon Street, Springfield Ma., Old Sturbridge Village Fine Art Show Big E, West Springfield, Ma. Arts Center East, Vernon, Ct. She has also taught at the FVAC Farmington, Ct., West Hartford Art League, and Windsor Art Center Windsor, Ct., Spectrum Gallery, Centerbrook, Ct. and at her studio in Agawam, Ma.
In addition to exhibiting and teaching, she presents a lecture called “From Field to Fine Art” on the history, art and culture of the gourd. Speaking to garden clubs and art clubs from Ct. to Ma., this lecture has been enthusiastically accepted by all, as she talks about the raw gourd beginning from the pre-historic era to present day as it becomes a piece fine art.
I would like to meet with you and show some of my pieces and explain my method to you.