KACC Gourd Art Show Attracts Nationwide Entries

The weekend of the 2015 Southwest Gourd Fine Art Show at Kerr Arts & Cultural Center was a bustling art scene in downtown Kerrville. In addition to the KACC events, which included the awards reception for the Gourd Show plus the opening reception for KACC’s other May/June shows, the Texas Arts & Crafts show filled several blocks of Water Street with artists from around the state showing their wares, and the plaza at the Courthouse was filled with vendors participating in “Kerr County Days” activities. Even the drought-ending rains that drenched the Hill Country that weekend failed to dismay either artists or visitors, and children were seen playing in something they hadn’t experienced for years – actual puddles of water in the streets!


With over 100 entries by Gourd artists from around the country the judges in the Gourd Art Show had a challenging time deciding on the top awards. Making the judging process even more interesting, this year was a “blind judging” in which the judges had no way of knowing who the artists were. This led to some very interesting results, including a virtual “sweep” of First Place awards by Bill Decker.


Decker won “Best In Show” for “Celtic Dreams #222”. Decker also won First Place in “Contemporary” for “Filigree Sculpture #227”, in “Carving” for “Filligree Bowl #220”, and in “Sculptural/Figurative” for “Gourd Runner # 177”. Other artists with “First Place” designations were Joyce Campbell in “Mixed” for “In The Distance”, Susan Ashley in “Fiber” for “Leather Lashes”, and Cal Stewart in “Southwest” for “Out West”. Jody Neugebauer won “Best Newcomer” for “Hearts Desire” as a first-time ever show entrant.


The Southwest Gourd Fine Arts Show runs through June 28th. KACC is located at 228 Earl Garrett in downtown Kerrville, and Gallery Hours are: 10-4 Tues – Sat and 1-4 Sundays. For more information on current and upcoming shows, workshops, and special events visit the new KACC website at www.kacckerrville.com or call 830-895-2911 during Gallery hours.

Complete list of KACC Gourd Show winners


Award Artist Name Title of Artwork
Honorable Mention Heather Warner On Alert
Honorable Mention Mike Peyton Ressurection in Flight
Honorable Mention Lynda Smith Ghost Pueblo
Honorable Mention Kathleen Martin Suspended
Honorable Mention Roy V. Cavarretta Tiger Fish
Honorable Mention Crystal Ziemann Forest Scene
First Place Bill Decker Gourd Runner # 177
Second Place Bill Decker Green Man # 236
Third Place Mike Peyton At the Watering Hole
First Place Joyce Campbell In The Distance
Second Place Joyce Campbell Stained Glass Hibiscus
Third Place Jody Neugebauer Imperiled prince of the North
First Place Bill Decker Filligree Bowl #220
Second Place Rhonda Kesner Evening Grossbeaks in the Oaks
Third Place Sheila Guidry Antler, Deer & More Antlers
First Place Susan Ashley Leather Lashes
Second Place Joanne Tompkins Rock Basket
Third Place Sharon Harrison Desert Dream
 First Place Bill Decker Filigree Sculpture #227
Second Place Judy Richie Eternal Flame
Third Place Judy Richie Running In Circles
First Place Cal Stewart Out West
Second Place Roy V. Cavarretta Land, Sky, Sea
Third Place Judy Richie Desert Dragonflies
Best Newcomer Jody Neugebauer Hearts Desire
Best In Show Bill Decker Celtic Dreams # 222







Celtic Dreams #222, Best in Show by Bill Decker copy











Gourdrunner by Bill Decker



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