Marianne Barnes is wife of Jim; mother of Mike; step-mother of Jim and Terry; grandmother (Mema) of Michaela and Marissa; step-grandmother of Brad, Trever, and Tate; gourd artist; basket weaver; retired teacher; and author of two books. She lives with her husband and her adorable Shih Tzu, Sammy, in South Carolina. Marianne is very active in her church and sings in the choir. Marianne is a member of her local basket group and started a gourd patch that meets every month. She is also an active board member of the American Gourd Society. Marianne teaches gourd classes at John C Campbell, Belton Art Center, local patches, and national conventions. She has won many awards for her gourd art.

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