The weekend of the 2014 Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show at KACC was a bustling art scene in downtown Kerrville. In addition to the KACC events, which included the awards reception for the Gourd Show plus the opening reception for KACC’s other May/June shows, the Texas Arts & Crafts show filled several blocks of Water Street with artists from around the state showing their wares, and the plaza at the Courthouse was filled with vendors participating in “Kerr County Days” activities.
With over 150 entries by Gourd artists from around the country the judges in the Gourd Art Show had a challenging time deciding on the top awards. But when all the discussions and decision-making were over, there was a strong consensus that “Best of Show” was Melissa Jones’ “Impossible Dream”, a fantastic take on Cervantes’ legendary Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
First Place winners in each category were: Best of Show, Melissa Jones for “Impossible Dreams”; Southwest/Western Art, Judy Ritchie for “Ancient Stories”; Contemporary, Yoshie Green for “Lacquerware Bowl”; Carving, Judy Richie for “King Of The Mountain”; Fiber Works, Crystal Ziemann for “Buds & Blooms”; Mixed Media, Judy Richie for “Trilogy”; and Sculptural/Figurative, Mike Peyton for “Penguinosarus”. The 2014 “Newcomer Award” was bestowed upon Janice Reich.
Impossible Dream by Melissa Jones
Best of Show
Ancient Stories by Judy Richie
First Place for Southwest/Western Art
Lacquerware Bowl by Yoshie Green
First Place, Contemporary
Buds & Blooms by Crystal Ziemann
First Place, Fiber Works
King of the Mountain by Judy Richie
First Place, Carving
Trilogy by Judy Richie
First Place, Mixed Media
Penguisarus by Mike Peyton
First Place, Sculptural/Figurative
There They Dwell by Janice Reich
Second Place, Sculptural/Figurative
(Winner of Newcomer Award)
Top 2014 Winners
(Left to Right) Melissa Jones, who won Best of Show, Mike Peyton, Chrystal Ziemann, Anne Harris, Shelia Guidry, Yoshie Green, Judy Richie, and Janice Reich.