If like most folks your experience with carving gourds is limited to the annual Halloween pumpkin-carving ritual, the imaginative creations achieved by the Gourd artists on display at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center during May/June will be awe-inspiring. Using a wide variety of techniques including painting, carving, engraving, dying, and burning, they somehow manage to turn gourds of every possible shape and size into awesome works of art.
Deriving from a folk tradition that extends far back into history “Gourding” has grown hugely popular, with the Texas Gourd Society now numbering close to 300 active members. According to Judy Richie, artist/owner of Red Cloud Originals gallery in Arizona, “Gourd art is the fastest-growing form of art. Museums the world over have wonderful examples of gourd art with many of the gourds as old as 7000 years. My love and appreciation of the ancient art of the Native Americans along with contemporary designs inspires my artwork.”
The Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show, now in its 12th year in Kerrville, is a juried exhibit featuring works by the best gourd artists in the Southwest. The show runs from May 25th through June 25th at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center.
2017 Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show Awards
Honorable Mention Mike Peyton Shaggy Denim Dragon
Honorable Mention Karen S. Friend Sandalwood Temple
Honorable Mention Judy Richie Knotted
Honorable Mention Judy Richie Zuni Dreams
Honorable MentionJill RobinsonContrast
Southwest Theme Third Place Sandy Frintz Navajo Woman
Southwest Theme Second Place David Cleaveland Ceremonial Mask
Southwest ThemeFirst PlaceRoy CavarrettaDistant Path
Sculpture/Figurative Third Place Bill Decker Steampunk Chicken
Sculpture/Figurative Second Place Julia Birky Balance
Sculpture/FigurativeFirst PlaceMike PeytonForest Serpent
Contemporary Third Place C.C. Rice Gingko
Contemporary Second Place Bill Decker Pinwheel Bowl
ContemporaryFirst PlaceBill DeckerTotem Sculpture
Fiber Third Place Shelia Guidry Sweet Dreams To The Hunt
Fiber Second Place Shelia Guidry Coat Of Many feathers
FiberFirst PlaceJoanne TompkinsStoneware
Carving Third Place Gloria Christian Patchwork
Carving Second Place Jill Robinson Radiance
CarvingFirst PlaceGloria ChristianSpring Solace
Best In ShowMike PeytonFeathers Of A Rainbow
People’s ChoiceSandy FrintzNavajo Women
Two additional exhibits during the same May 25th-June25th timeframe will offer visitors a wide range of pleasurable experiences. The “Johnson Creek Press group” will be showing a collection of the group’s latest hand-pulled original art prints, and under the title “Take Five”, area artists Steve Collier, Jeanne Heise, Debby Jascur, Marsha Mefferd and Judy Surles will be displaying their latest original and inspired works of fine art.
The opening reception for all three exhibits will be Saturday, May 27th from 2-4 pm, accompanied by KACC’s always-delicious refreshments, and both the reception and month-long exhibits are free and open to the public.
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.