Leading off July’s shows at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, artists Karen Cooper, Becky Johnson and Tom Moss will offer works ranging from pastels to bronzes in a multi-media extravaganza entitled “Western Exposure”
Moss, an area sculptor, has been creating bronze sculpture for over 40 years. Most of his work is focused on Western themes: cowboys, horses, cattle, and Native Americans, but he is also well-known for his figurative and portrait work.
Johnson is a pastel artist from Colorado City, Colorado whose distinctive style in the dry medium of pastel is self-taught. After an early focus on painting wildlife, landscape has become her primary subject in recent years.
Among Kerrville artist Karen Cooper’s favorite visual qualities are the tension and speed that epitomize action in the rodeo arena. Recently she also has begun expanding more into architectural subjects and interiors, with a special focus on historic mission churches in highly textured stucco and stone.
Debbie Minns, KACC Executive Director, admires the dedication and hard work of our Hill Country teachers, and is vocal in her support of these tireless professionals: “The upcoming Hometown Crafts Teachers Show that runs from June 29th through July 23rd is our way of giving back to these people who devote their lives to inspiring and preparing our young people to lead productive lives. 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 12th annual Teacher’s Show!”
Minns continues: “One of the other things that Hometown Crafts does that makes this show very special is that not only do they donate all the awards, they also pay all entry fees – there are absolutely no fees for any teacher/artist, active or retired, who wants to enter the show.”
In the third KACC show for July, digital photographer Lucy Jennings of Kerrville will show her latest work. Describing her work, Jennings says “I have always thought of myself as an artist who loves photography. Boundaries are an invitation to visualize what lies beyond and behind. So, it’s up to the observer to fill in the blanks, verbalize, digest, and interpret as your mind and heart receive it. All the technology in the world is no replacement for a gifted eye. Whether it be 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.”
The public reception for all July shows will be on Saturday, July 1st from 2-4 at the KACC galleries. The reception is free and open to the public, and delicious refreshments and beverages provided by KACC volunteers and area donors are always enjoyed at these events.
KACC serves the Texas Hill Country year-round with innovative art exhibits, hands-on workshops and community-wide art events. Our address is 228 Earl Garrett in downtown Kerrville, and Gallery hours are 10-4 Tues –Sat and 1-4 Sundays. For more information on KACC and our upcoming events please visit http://www.kacckerrville.com or call 830-895-2911 during gallery hours.