2015 Plein Air Show Promises To Be Best Ever


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”. The show itself will run from October 3rd through October 24th, but it will be preceded by a three day “Outdoors” painting event that has become a strong tradition among art lovers in the Hill Country.


Beginning on Wednesday September 30th, for three days Plein Air painters from around the US will 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 October 2nd – the painters all pack up their kits and head to downtown Kerrville for the popular and exciting “Quick Draw” painting contest, which will last from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. 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, there will also be a downtown Block Party including Wine Share from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.


Then promptly at the 90 minute mark (6:30) the painters wrap up and bring their paintings to the front steps of KACC where they are judged and awards are bestowed. Show judge for 2015 is Rusty Jone


At 6:30 PM the doors of KACC are opened to the public and the opening reception and opening of the month-long “Wet Paint Show & Sale” begins and will run until 8:00 PM, with 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 last year’s opening reception, and the awards were greeted with rolling applause.






Quick Draw Event 2014










Quick Draw painting on Earl Garrett









More Quick Draw












Quick Draw & WineShare  Crowd










The Judging

Herman Walker










Indoor Wet Paint Reception








Debbie Minns announcing awards at Wet Paint Reception






Julie Davis, Three in a Row, oil copy



Best of Show 2014

Julie Davis, Three in a Row




















Exciting Shows Coming To KACC In October


October is a favorite month of watercolor fans in the Hill Country because this is when the Guadalupe Watercolor Group holds its annual juried show and sale at KACC. Founded in 1993, the Guadalupe Watercolor Group is dedicated to sharing new ideas and creative experiences with members and visitors alike. GWG’s programs are educational and inspiring, with speakers who are accomplished artists and teachers from far and wide.

Also featured in October, the works of Connie Young and Cita VanDyke offer complementary images of Hill Country life in multiple media. Connie Young’s oil paintings and photographs reflect the images that surround her on her Hill Country ranch, while Cita VanDyke’s ceramics offer fanciful, colorful interpretations of rural Texas life.

The free public reception for The Guadalupe Watercolor Group and the Young/VanDyke shows will be held on Saturday September 26th, from 1 to 3 pm in the KACC galleries at 228 Earl Garrett Street in downtown Kerrville.

Also coming in October, the annual Kerrville Outdoor Painters’ Event draws crowds of people from San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Dallas as well as crowds of local “Plein Air” painting enthusiasts. The four day event, from September 30 – October 4, will see dozens of artists from across the US fanning out to their favorite locations across the Hill Country, with fans watching as the paintings evolve before their eyes. These four days are jammed with colorful events including a Quick Draw art competition, a huge downtown Block Party, and a reception for the Outdoor Painters event on Friday, October 2nd from 5:30 – 8:00 PM at KACC. Works painted during the 4 day event will hang in the Avery Gallery at KACC from October 2nd through October 24th.


Icu by C.Young copy




Icu by Connie Young






Guadalupe Watercolor Group





Annette Bennett-Colorful Twosome







Surles - Moving Right Along




Judy Surles – Moving Right Along








Jascur - Windows to the Past




Jascur – Windows to the Past








2015 KACC Black & White Gala Promises Food, Fun & Prizes Galore!

Kerr Arts & Cultural Center Executive Director Debbie Minns can’t wait for the party to begin. “Every year the Black & White Gala gets bigger and better,” Minns laughs, “ and everyone knows I do love to party with our friends and patrons. This year is going to be exceptional, and we’re so pleased to be holding the event again at Comanche Trace!”


Minns continues, “We have a great list of auction items including a Photographic Portrait by Darlene Smith, a Merlots Merry Masters painting party for up to 12 adults that includes workshop space at KACC, professional instruction and supplies for your choice of painting, and a Personalized Baby Quilt by award-winning Kerrville quilter, Barbara Woodman. And that’s only the beginning!”


The evening begins with a wine reception and a chance to view the auction items before bidding begins. The Black & White Gala dinner, catered by the gourmet chefs from the Club at Comanche Trace, includes a Texas-style salad, beef tenderloin with fingerling potatoes and fire-roasted veggies, topped off with a sinfully delicious chocolate mousse dessert. Dinner music will be provided by Dr. Donald Crandall of Schreiner University, and a photographer will help memorialize the festivities with black & white photos of all the guests. Following dinner the auction begins, and if past Galas are any guide the competition will get intense.


Tickets for the Black & White Gala are $100 for individuals, or $1000 for a table of 8. Reservations can be made by contacting KACC directly by phone, email or in person. The deadline for registration is 4 PM Tuesday, September 8th.  Proceeds of the event will support exhibits and art education at Kerr Arts and Cultural Center.


2013 Auction Item, Archie by Kathie Long



2013 Auction Item, Archie by Kathie Long