2014 Texas Furniture Show Coming To KACC In Novembe

The Kerr Arts & Cultural Center
(KACC) is bringing the nationally-acclaimed 15th Annual Texas Furniture Makers Show to its spacious downtown Kerrville galleries October 30th through Saturday, November 29th, 2014. The Reception & Awards ceremony will be from 5:30-8:00 PM on Saturday, November 8th. The Reception and the Furniture Show are free and open to the public, and at the Reception many of the artists will be available to discuss techniques and materials.


This juried exhibition is a statewide competition featuring handcrafted pieces by the best custom furniture makers in Texas and is co-sponsored by Woodcraft, a national retail chain of specialty woodworking tools and equipment located in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth.


The purpose of the Show is to present the work of Texas Furniture Makers to the public in a formal gallery atmosphere, to improve the quality and skill of Texas furniture making by formal consultation and by example, and to bring national attention to the one-of-a-kind handmade works of art created by Texas furniture makers.

The 2014 Furniture Show will include several special events including a Tool Show from Nov. 4th-8th, and a Seminar on Saturday Nov. 8th from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Tool Show will feature an exhibit of rare tools used by artists of the past to create the progressive furniture styles of their times. These tools of early furniture makers will be on display, representing a selection of what furniture makers in the 1700s and 1800s would have had available to them.

Early tools of other trades will also be on display and available for discussion during this same time period. These tools date from the 1600s to the early 1800s and will include tools of the coopers (or barrel makers) trade, carpenters, cabinet makers, timber framers, and other dominant trades of the time. There will also be tools of the Vikings and Romans, as well as the middle ages and even from the late Bronze Age.

Seminar participants on Saturday Nov. 8th will enjoy a presentation on designing beautiful boxes by guest speaker Doug Stowe. Doug will offer clear explanations of the principles and elements of design based on his 40 + years as a box maker and furniture designer. There will be a special emphasis paid to the hands, how they impact the creation of work, but also the shaping of intellect and character; as Doug says “we are what we make”.

This seminar is open primarily to Furniture Makers, but up to 20 seats will be available to the general public.  These reserved public spaces will go quickly, so those interested should register now.

Judges for the 2014 show are author, box-maker and seminar speaker Doug Stowe; J.R.Huebinger, President of Alamo Hardwoods; and Curtis Whittington, professional Furniture Maker for more than 25 years, Master Craftsman and former Texas Furniture Maker Show Judge.

Debbie Minns, KACC Executive Director notes “While the Furniture Show will be up for the entire month of November, many pieces sell early, even before the awards are announced, so we encourage anyone looking for that special piece of hand-crafted furniture for their home to visit KACC early and avoid being disappointed by seeing a red dot ‘already sold’ marker on the tag of the piece they fall in love with.”

Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, located at 228 Earl Garrett in downtown Kerrville, is open Tues – Sat 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. and Sun. 1-4 p.m. For more information on reservations for the Doug Stowe Seminar, or for information on all upcoming KACC events and workshops, call 830-895-2911 or visit www.kacckerrville.com and www.texasfurnituremakersshow.com.





Preview Photos of 2014 Texas Furniture Makers Show








2014 Plein Air Show Was Huge Success

Every fall Kerrville welcomes open-air painters from around the country to participate in Kerr Arts & Cultural Center’s “Plein Air Wet Paint Show & Sale”.

Beginning on a Wednesday, the first three days of this four day event the painters cruise around the Hill Country looking for where they want to set up their easels and begin painting. Some simply find a secluded nook by the Guadalupe River, or set up alongside a country road; others have permission to go onto private property and paint subjects like old barns, weathered fences, curious horses and goats, and rusting old pickups. Each painter soon accumulates a crowd of fans who bring picnic lunches and, from a respectful distance, watch the paintings evolve.

The afternoon of the third day – Friday – the painters all pack up their kits and head to downtown Kerrville for the popular and exciting “Quick Draw” painting contest. In this event painters have 90 minutes to choose a downtown location, get set up, and complete a painting while being cheered on by their followers. This year, as in years past, the organization “Wine Share” set up tables in the middle of the streets groaning with food and wine, creating a downtown Block Party that swirls around the “Quick Draw” painters.

Then promptly at the 90 minute mark the painters wrap up and bring their paintings to the front steps of KACC where they are judged and awards are bestowed. The winner of the Quick Draw 2014 competition was Jimmy Longacre of Dripping Springs for his work entitled “Earl Garrett’s Gold”.











Quick Draw Second place went to Myra Knapp of Seguin for “Evening Stroll”. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA










Quick Draw Third Place was awarded to Ann Gillespie of Mason for “Red Geranium”.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA










Saturday sunrise sees the painters back at their Hill Country outdoor venues, putting the finishing touches on the paintings they have been working on all week. By Saturday afternoon everyone is gathered at KACC and the paintings – some still literally dripping – are hung in the huge main gallery. At 6 PM the doors are opened to the public and the formal reception and opening of the month-long “Wet Paint Show & Sale” begins, with more wine and food and with a buzz in the gallery that has to be experienced to be believed.

Over 100 art lovers from around the state were on hand for this year’s opening reception, and the awards were greeted with rolling applause.

2014 Best of Show went to the 2013 Best of Show winner Julie Davis of Austin for her oil “Better Days”.









Second Place went to Jim Longacre for “Hill Country Pride”.









Third Place was awarded to Laura Daniel for “Fall Pasture”.









A number of new award categories were created this year in recognition of the diversity of images of the Hill Country captured by the artists.

“Best Sky” went to Tom Hussey for “View From Turtle Creek”.

Hussey-View from Lower Turtle Cr Rd





“Best River” went to Debob Jacob for “Guadalupe River”.

Guadalupe River by Debob Jacob






“Best Barn” was awarded to Mason Phillips for “Morning Walk”.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA








“Best Junk” was given to Tina Behlman for “Clalis”.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA







The opening reception saw a generous number of these works sprout the coveted “Red Dot” which means that they are on the way to some lucky art lover’s home, and over the course of the rest of October other Red Dots will appear as visitors admire the work of these unique and talented artists.

As the reception wound down both artists and patrons said their goodbyes, with many promises of “See you next year!” Whether or not you were able to come to this year’s event the artists and members of KACC sincerely hope that we too will “See you next year” – or sooner!