KACC Celebrates Mysteries Of The The Natural World

 

March in the Texas Hill Country is when the first signs of a verdant spring emerge, and the three artists whose works will grace the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center’s galleries this month each celebrate emergent visions of the natural world in a special way.

Thomas Evans is a native Texan who has lived and worked in the Hill Country west of Austin since 1978. His life long interest in nature is the inspiration for his paintings and his home and studio are near upper Lake Austin and surrounded by the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. His work is in many corporate and private collections and perhaps his best-known work is the monumental mural “Hill of the Medicine Man”, which now hangs above the east ticket counter at Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

Hill of the Medicine Man,  by Thomas Evans

 

 

 

Hill of the Medicine Man by Thomas Evans

 

 

 

 

 

heron art 1 by Thomas Evans

 

 

Heron by Thomas Evans

 

 

 

 

 

Little Roan Hunting by Thomas Evans

 

 

 

Little Roan Hunting by Thomas Evans

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Evans Austin-Bergstrom International  Airport

 

 

Thomas Evans Austin-Bergstrom International  Airport

 

 

 

Asked how he approaches his subjects, Evans says “I usually begin by taking a photo of something I’ve been watching for several months or several years from every angle and with different kinds of light and through different seasons. It helps to live with your subject. In other words, if you intend to paint or sculpt horses, then first buy a horse and learn all you can. Art is very much like science.”

In response to being asked what impact he hopes to have with his work, Evans smiles “I do this because I’m interested in the natural world and the laws of physics. I am trying to challenge myself to make each painting better than the last. I am not trying to have any impact on anyone else. But if there is impact I hope to have with my work, I would hope people might have a greater appreciation for an environment undisturbed by man.”

Lucy Jennings, a photographer whose work will hang in the Derby Gallery throughout March, says of her work “I have always thought of myself as an artist who loves photography. I’ve been greatly influenced by the work of Strand, Stieglitz and Burkholder.  Artistically, to name a few, O’Keeffe, Matisse and Duchamp inspire enthusiasm for color, shape and composition. I’m all over the board. I also enjoy assemblage and wire sculpture. All the technology in the world is no replacement for a gifted eye. Whether the subject is beauty, decay, bleak discomfort, bright color and light, perplexing or random, my wish is that my work will cause you to think beyond the boundaries.”

Vanessa Garcia show “Origin: Tracking 20 Years of Work” will feature the artist’s playful and insightful use of found materials to attract the viewer to examine the world that lies behind or within seemingly random pieces of castaway objects. Garcia is an artist, scholar and educator whose range of inspiration know no conventional boundaries, and she has a deft touch with media that invites others to share her sometimes quirky, always interesting visions.

 

Candor by Vanessa Garcia

 

 

Candor by Vanessa Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Empty 2008 by Vanessa Garcia

 

 

 

Empty 2008 by Vanessa Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

KACC’s March shows will be on exhibit from March 5th – 29th, and the free public opening reception for all shows will be held March 5th from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.

2015 Chocolate Fantasy Winners

Homemade Division:

Best Cookie/Bar – Erin Jordan/Amazing Brownie Bar

Best Cake – Karen Oldham/Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake

Best CookieBar & Best Cake - Homemade copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Candy – Debbie Minns/Raspberry Key Lime Truffle

Best Candy Homemade- Raspberry Key Lime Truffle copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Other – Luisa Molina/Chocolate Pie

Best Overall – Luisa Molina/Chocolate Pie

Best Other and Overall Homemade (2) copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Division:

Best Cookie/Bar – Grape Juice/Chocolate Chip Cherry

Best Cookie Professional - Chocolate Chip Cherry copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Candy – Wild Flour Bakery/Chocolate Mocha Candy

Best Candy Professional - Chocolate Mocha Candy copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Cake – Cakes by Sharon/German Chocolate Cake

Best Cake Professional - German Chocolate Cake copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Other – Wild Flour Bakery/Caramel Apple Chocolates w Sea Salt

Best Other Professional Caramel Apple Chocolates copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Overall – Grape Juice/Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta with Dark Chocolate Covered Cherry Jam

Best Overall Professional - Panna Cotta copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music provided by Josh Murley

Chocolate Fantasy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murley photo credit: Bill Terry