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Welcome to The Kasin Hunter 
Gourd Museum and Gallery

(Kasin Hunter Gourd Museum and Gallery - 4865 N. Casas Serenas - Tucson, Arizona, 85705, USA
- by appointment only - )

Nestled in the Sonoran valley of Tucson, Arizona, USA, The Kasin Hunter Gourd Museum and Gallery presents a unique variety of Gourd Art and Utility pieces from cultures all over the world, including Peru, Africa, Mexico, China, Hawaii, Guam, and more including, of course,
the United States. Over the last several years, artisan and gourd lover, Kasin Hunter, has gathered a variety of rare and wonderful collectibles for your enjoyment.

Since 1996, Ms. Hunter has chosen only the best utility and art pieces available to stock this Museum/Gallery. For your enjoyment and edification, these pieces include the commonplace as well as the bizarre, unique in use and looks.

The collection has been devided up into two sections, the Museum and the Gallery. The Museum area houses rare, foreign, and historical gourd pieces. Some pieces were created by artisans over 100 years ago, such as a Chinese double-gourd, bone snuff bottle. In the Gallery area, the visitor will find modern pieces which were donated, traded for, or purchased for the Gallery by present-day artists. Here are the contributing artisans to date:
Christy Daniels
Gene Endicott
Bob and Erna Fern
Rhoda Forbes
Bonnie Gibson
Nancy Hardesty
Betty Hickman
Ted Kology
Corinne Powers
Colleen Proffitt
Virginia Saunders
Rebecca Shelly
Josie Tallent
Hazel Tripp

This eclectic collection is sure to awe and educate each visitor in the use of gourds both in the past and in the present. Ever growing, Ms. Hunter's Museum/Gallery will continue to increase in size and content in order to bring new viewing experiences to repeat visitors.

gourd canteen Gourds. A common sight as a third world utility object, humans have found use for gourds as eating utensils, flotation devices, clothing, cleaning devices, symbols of royalty or peasantry, whistles, cages, musical instruments, and so much more. Thousands of years old, the use of gourds has for the most part been cast aside by modern society. Yet how much do we owe to this forerunner of the ceramic bowl and Tupperware!

Over a year ago, plans were laid to establish the Museum/Gallery. Now, finally, in the month of September, 2001, the reality is at hand. Finally paying proper homage to this humble fruit and mainstay of thousands of years of human civilization, the Kasin Hunter Gourd Museum and Gallery is now within a few weeks of being open to the visiting public.


What can you find at the KHGMG? Although presently small in size, it is large in content. Because the Museum/Gallery is located in sunny southwest Tucson, Arizona, you will, of course, find a healthy sampling of Southwestern-style gourds.

Southwest rack.Rattles, tortilla warmers, snakes, planters, ceremonial bowls, barrettes, and much more (some are for sale) can be found on this three-tier, Southwest rack footed by a stylized coyote and saguaro cactus.

  Holiday Hollow is a daily theme in the KHGMG. Here, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving are year-round celebrations. Guest gourd art is presented as well as Ms. Hunter's own holiday gourd art. Gourd ornaments adorn a rotating Christmas tree all through the year.
Holiday Hollow - Christmas Tree

On a nearby shelf, Santa and his cohorts add to the Christmas spirit. And of course, there is free peppermint for all visitors to Holiday Hollow!

Christmas and Easter segmentsThe Easter section is highlighted by a nice egg collection -- but are they real eggs or egg gourds? You decide.

Masks  A few masks adorning the southern wall. An interesting aspect of cultural development, masks and their use have played a part in human civilization for thousands of years. Who isn't familiar with the joy and tragedy theatrical masks? The Mask of Zoro? Present day horror features depict monstrous creatures sporting masks, hiding the unimaginable. Present day masks can be found in use in Africa, Mexico, the Peking opera, and in our own Mardi Gras and Halloween celebrations. What can more quickly transform us into beast or beauty? The mystical mask.

Peruvian Guiro

Peruvian Guiro (scratcher)
Musical instruments from gourds are displayed on and around the cherry wood piano. Here you'll find such things as gourd rattle from various countries, stringed gourd instruments, drums, and more.

From the large to the small, the Kasin Hunter Gourd Museum and Gallery also displays gourd-shaped and double gourd-shaped snuff bottles. Originally used for opium consumption during the Opium Wars in the last dynasty of China (1644-1911), they are now called snuff bottles. These snuff bottles are primarily from China and are made from wood, bone, ceramic, or metal.


Kasin Hunter Gourd Museum and Gallery
4865 N. Casas Serenas Tucson, Arizona, 85705, USA

Visitations to the Kasin Hunter Gourd Museum and Gallery is by appointment only. Contact here, Kasin Hunter Art From My Heart email or call 520-746-1563 for visitation appointments. Arrangement for visitations must be made at least two weeks in advance. A nominal $2.00 entrance fee is collected at the door. As an advocate of animal welfare, Ms. Hunter has stipulated that 100% of all entrance fees are to be donated to the local Humane Society.

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