KACC Summer Events Highlight Artistic Diversity

Debbie Minns, KACC Executive Director, is a big supporter of teachers, noting the upcoming Hometown Crafts Teachers Show that runs from June 26 through July 27 “ is our way of giving back to these people who dedicate their lives to inspiring our young people. We sincerely appreciate the ongoing sponsorship of these shows and the generous donations of cash and art supply prizes by Hometown Crafts – this will be our 9th annual Teacher’s Show!”

Minns continues: “One of the things that make this show very special is that all entry fees are paid by Hometown Crafts – there is absolutely no charge for any teacher/artist to enter the show.”

Harvesting by David McCormick




“Harvesting” by David McCormick




Also on the event calendar for June-July, according to Minns, is “Beyond Tradition” is an exhibition of new works by artists of the Johnson Creek Press.  The nine artists, who have been working and exhibiting together over the past decade, are challenging the traditional concepts of what constitutes an original print.

Hildegard Slaughter, one of the founding members of Johnson Creek Press, comments that “This group’s aptitude for risk-taking is apparent in the way that we combine traditional printmaking techniques, such as etchings, woodcuts and monotypes, with collage, digital images, transfers and a wide range of other techniques. By challenging and expanding on the context in which printmaking is typically viewed, the Johnson Creek Print artists are showcasing the contemporary print practices happening today.”

Diane Henry2





Diane Henry






Some Awfully Nice Peopleby Diane Henry 1 copy





“Some Awfully Nice People” by Diane Henry






Jubilation by Beth Hughes





“Jubilation” by Beth Hughes






Dark Labyrinth by David McCormick




“Dark Labyrinth” by David McCormick





Finally, Minns points out, “The Derby Gallery will host a show by Joseph Walsh featuring his Black & White photographs of Paris. Those who love Paris will see it in a new light, and those who have never been will see sides of Paris revealed that even the experienced traveler may never have seen.”

A free public reception for all June-July events will be held on Saturday, June 28th from 1-3 pm. Food and refreshments will be served.





Photo by David McCormick



L-R: David McCormick, Joyce Troegel, Lisle Drake, Diane Henry, Liz Napier, Mary Catherine Collins, Hildegarde Slaughter

Goodbye To Lanza Teague

lanza teagueAfter over seven years of exemplary service, our Center Manager, Lanza Teague will be leaving us to join the team at Wilson Family Chiropractic here in Kerrville. Lanza’s organizational skills and attention to details made everyone’s job easier and contributed immeasurably to the smooth running of our complex Gallery operations. Lanza’s enthusiasm for KACC and concern for the artists and patrons has remained strong throughout her time here. She has been a great asset to KACC and the Hill Country arts community, and we will miss her.


2014 Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show at KACC

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





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.