KACC to Host 12th Annual Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show

Feathers of a Rainbow by Mike Peyton

Feathers of a Rainbow by Mike Peyton, Best of Show winner

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

NewcomerBlanche Cavarretta

People’s ChoiceSandy FrintzNavajo Women

 

 

 

"Three Gems" by Roy Cavarretta

“Three Gems” by Roy Cavarretta

 

"Blowing in the Wind." by Blanche Cavarretta

“Blowing in the Wind.” by Blanche Cavarretta, New Comer Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best of Show-Feathers of a Rainbow by Mike Payton

Best of Show-Feathers of a Rainbow by Mike Payton

Ceremonial Mask by David Cleaveland 2nd Place for Southwest Theme

Ceremonial Mask by David Cleaveland 2nd Place for Southwest Theme

Knotted by Judy Richie Honorable Mention (artist not Pictured) Stoneware by Joanne Tompkins 1st Place Fiber

Knotted by Judy Richie Honorable Mention (artist not Pictured) Stoneware by Joanne Tompkins 1st Place Fiber

Navajo Woman by Sandy Frintz - 3rd Place for Southwest Theme

Navajo Woman by Sandy Frintz – 3rd Place for Southwest Theme

 

 

Steampunk Chicken by Bill Decker 3rd Place in Sculpture

Steampunk Chicken by Bill Decker 3rd Place in Sculpture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Johnson Creek Press "SunFlowers" James Rode

Johnson Creek Press “SunFlowers” James Rod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Blackfoot Daisy" by Diane Henry

“Blackfoot Daisy” by Diane Henry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diane Henry & Hildegarde Slaughter Johnson Creek Press. Diane's dog prints on wall behind.

Diane Henry & Hildegarde Slaughter Johnson Creek Press. Diane’s dog prints on wall behind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

TAKE FIVE

TAKE FIVE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take Five Show in foreground Steve Collier Sculpture

Take Five Show in foreground Steve Collier Sculpture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take Five Show

Take Five Show