In September Kerr Arts & Cultural Center will feature an exhibit relating to the geological history of the Hill Country. Visitors to the exhibit will see fossils representing more than 500 million years of the Hill Country’s geological evolution. This interactive exhibit will be fascinating and educational for adults and students alike.
Ted Schulenberg, local geologist and curator of the exhibit, describes Hill Country geology in poetic terms: “The Texas Hill Country and the plateau from which the hills have been carved, Enchanted Rock, Pedernales Falls, our caves and caverns, our cool clear springs and rivers – all have evolved from the unique geology of this beautiful area. The flint that was prized by the Native Americans, the granite from which our capitol was built, the productive gypsum, limestone and gravel quarries, a modest smattering of oil production and even silver that was mined by the early Spaniards all owe their existence to this same unique geology.”
fossil sculpture in progress
by area sculptor Dean Reganess
Also during September, in the Cornels Gallery, visitors can enjoy a collection of quilts inspired by original paintings and photography. While many quilters stick with iterations of traditional designs, these works of art by a diverse group of Hill Country quilters focus on applying time-honored quilting techniques to producing a more contemporary look and feel.
Both the Fossils and the Quilts exhibits will run from August 28th through September 28th.
In the Avery Gallery, running from August 28th through September 3rd, the winners of the always-popular Hill Country Camera Club photography competition will be on display. Members of the HCCC produce their work using cameras of all types from all eras, and the results are always pleasing.
The opening reception for all three events, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Saturday, August 30th from 1-3 pm, accompanied by beverages and refreshments. Many of the artists featured in this month’s exhibits will attend the opening reception, and they are always happy to meet admirers of their work.
The highlight of the opening reception will be the unveiling of a tribute by area sculptor Dean Reganess to a creature that was native to the Hill Country more than 100 million years ago. This “greater than life-sized” fossil replica was carved from stone from a Sisterdale quarry. Reganess’ work will be unveiled at a brief ceremony preceding the open house reception at KACC Saturday, August 30 at 12:30.
Kerr Arts & Cultural Center is located at 228 Earl Garrett in downtown Kerrville. Gallery hours are 10 am – 4 pm Tues. – Sat., and 1 – 4 pm Sunday. Information on upcoming events including shows, classes and special events are always available on the KACC website at www.kacckerrville.com, or by calling 830-895-2911 during gallery hours.